We should all be inspired to reach for our dreams with the safety of knowing that someone has our back!
- Emerson Tenney
For as long as I can remember I've had a love for exploring the world and giving back. There is nothing more gratifying than knowing that while on the journey to your own dreams, you have helped someone else reach for theirs.
Tony DiTerlizzi is a New York Times best-selling author and illustrator who has been creating richly illustrated, imaginative stories for over ten years. From his debut picture book, “Jimmy Zangwow’s Out of This World Moon Pie Adventure“, to the inspired and Caldecott Medal winning “The Spider and the Fly“, Tony has continued to delight and entertain children and adults alike. Here, the visionary mind of “The Spiderwick Chronicles” with Holly Black and the creator of “The Search for Wondla” series, has graciously offered his insights on creativity as part of the CHLA fundraising series, “Interview with Artists.” His answers not only inspire the artist within us all, but also express a most positive outlook on the importance of struggle, support, and interestingly enough, boredom! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, and I hope you will help spread a similar sense of joy and creativity by donating to CHLA.
Em: “Why, to you, is art and creativity essential?
Tony DiTerlizzi: “It is essential that I have an outlet to express myself. Sometimes I need to express a simple mood or emotion, or I want to share a complicated idea, or even a surreal dream that I’ve had. In finding a way to share my ideas with others, I am creating a pathway to understand myself at a deeper level. Read more
In recent years, Paul Wadsworth has delighted art enthusiasts with his paintings of the Cornish landscape, where ragged, wild, and vibrant swathes of paint sweep across the canvas capturing favorite moments in time, in picturesque locations. He has also garnered the attention of collectors with a preference for the altogether hotter, more exotic feelings which emerged from his travels in the Middle East. His work is a journey and that idea and passion is reflected below in his original interview to benefit CHLA.
Em: “Why, to you, Is art and creativity essential?”
Paul: “The need for creativity and art is to balance our materialistic needs and desires and to look further than reading writing and maths. These are all fine but the human spirit needs things that are less tangible and less black and white. Read more
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Jen Larkin is an artist inspired by experience. Her paintings have a lightness to them; an ability to capture not only the moment but the feeling behind each moment itself. She walks everyday and enjoys observing the changing seasons, diverse landscapes and atmospheric skies of her picturesque homeland, Cornwall, UK. Jen has been professionally exhibiting her work and collaborating with interior designers to create beautiful art schemes since 1999. Today her work can be found in private collections around the world.
I cannot tell you how lucky I feel that Jen has so graciously decided to participate in my Interviews with Artists series on behalf of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles! Below, she shares her thoughts on creativity and the essentials of art.