In a previous Q&A with Alice Carney about her writing, she said: “Whatever your creative urge is, writing, painting, drawing, music, photography, just walking in the woods, honor it.” Carney has expanded that passion to include art with an emphasis on water color. Her images are bold and colorful, a reflection of her Northern New Mexico connection, and her spirit of adventure, whether wielding a pen or a paintbrush. She is the co producer of the annual Green River Writers Workshop scheduled for July 11-14 at the Plaza Hotel.
Below she responds to questions about her work as an artist.
Q. What art medium do you work in?
Q. Why that medium?
A. I was drawn to watercolor (especially the work of Ray Drew) growing up in Las Vegas and then attending Highlands University during the Elmer Schooley era. In those days I was just an observer, later a collector, a dabbler. I didn’t start seriously painting until five years ago, when I began studying with Woody Hansen in Sacramento, Calif. I find watercolor challenging, as any medium is, but I like the freedom and surprise it offers. I am primarily a “shape” painter. Most of my paintings are abstract landscapes, pretty loose-goosey. I like finding my own interpretation of what I see. My background is in writing and teaching, which can be very linear. I like the sense of freedom in moving those fluid paints around on paper, seeing what happens.
Q. What inspires you?
A. The beauty in nature, the courage of originality in art and life.
Q. What is your preferred work environment?
A. Outside. No wind, no rain. Quiet.
Q. Who do you most admire and in what ways were you influenced by the individual?
A. In general, I admire people who are honest, courageous, generous, and open-minded. It helps also if they have a good sense of humor and can laugh at themselves. I think art and writing are aids on the path to finding courage. Watercolor painters: Henry Fukuhara, John Marin, Woody Hansen, for starters.
Q. What do you most want visitors to the show to know about you as an artist?
A. That I am honored to be included in this show.
Q. Where can your work be purchased?
A. At 210 A Gallery on the Plaza in Las Vegas. I am grateful to Linda Anderle for offering to carry my pieces. For the past two years I have been included in the New Mexico Painters Invitational Exhibition sponsored by Highlands University.