Interview with the artist and creator Sarah McKoy

Interview wit an artist and creator Sarah McKoy

Sarah also was the winner of the first Alien Worlds/Landscapes comp.
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AV – How does being a creative person and pursuing your creativity affect other aspects of your life?
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SM – I’ve always had an urge to create. As a child, I sketched; as an adult, I thought up poems and stories; many of them never making it to paper. Now that I’ve retired and gone back to photography, I think creativity has become my life in a way.

In day to day living, I find myself looking at things with an artist’s eye: the capture of an image, the reworking of that image, and the display or presentation of that image or piece. I’m socializing more, making plans and taking photographic day trips. I am more inclined to initiate a conversation, than be drawn into one. I’ve had two showings of my work with a third coming up in November. These are things that I never visualized I would be doing in my latter years.

In all, I think I am a better person because of this pursuit. I am less intense and more relaxed.
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AV – Tell us about one person or moment that has made your time on redbubble particularly special or meaningful.
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SM – I would have to say that that would be you.

I’ve always been a Trekkie, so to speak. Star Trek, Star Wars, anything futuristic and otherworldly interest me, even the books I read. David Weber can not write fast enough for me. Until I saw your work, most of my photography dealt with the actual subjects and their final presentation to the viewer. It was all about what I visually saw, with a few embellishments to improve it.

When I came across the group Sci Fi – Multi Genre, now renamed Sci Fi, I was fascinated. Your work in particular, giant alien vistas, suddenly made me realize that there was more I could do with my photographs. I began to see my earth landscapes with alien skies. My earth landscapes transmuted into alien landscapes.

I guess this was the ultimate goal of a friend on mine, Sassafras, who persuaded me to join RB knowing I had become bored with my photography.
I mean how many pictures do you take of statues?

How many do you take of buildings?They are all alike. No they are not!

Each is a moment in time, different lighting and different shading. Then after viewing your creations, I saw that they could become different settings on different worlds.
A building could even become a spaceship traveling through space at warp speed.

I thank you for that, for letting me see that a door was not closing, but opening.

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AV – Show and tell us about five works on redbubble that moved or inspired you.
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SM – That’s a hard one. There are so many accomplished artists here on RB, producing so many fine works.

1 Cheri McEachin

Her portraitures are nothing less than magnificent. Mystery, Secluded, Wicked, even God Bless, are all inspiring work. I can’t pick any one picture. She showed me what one of my mentors has been telling me for a while; move in on your subject!
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2 Sports Photography

Oddly enough, a group not an individual, inspired me to do a piece in my Journal entitled A Race Well Run. This group was Sports Photography. Everyone captures that excellent athlete, the jock as it were. I wanted to show that a race, just like everything in life, has many different components, and many different people participating. I think the human race is better for it.
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3 Jim Worrall

His sky and cloud vistas taught me to push the limits of my skies.


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4. AlienVisitor

Ice World, Blue Horizon, and other works from the artist, AlienVisitor, made me look at scale, balance, and color. I continue to see things that I need to experiment with on my own work, hopefully to improve my images.

At this point, I really can’t boil a few artists down from the many that I have seen and wanted to emulate in some fashion. I’ve seen different artists in different genres that I’ve admired. If you look at my gallery, you might think that I was having an identity crisis. You find pictures of almost everything in my gallery.

I would also like to say that I am very happy to be a part of the Red Bubble community. It has allowed me to see the works of people all over the globe, beauty of which I would otherwise be unaware. I’m spurred on by the feedback I get from my own work.

Be Well,
Sarah

Thank you for this Sarah, its been many years since I “blushed” quite this deeply.

“May you create well and prosper”

AV

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