"The unbridled creative energy that runs through children is contagious."
Artist Carole Seborovski on buying her daughter her first set of watercolors and drawing inspiration from postcards.
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Great artists make artists. And to prove that point, over 70 of today's greatest have contributed their work in support of Children's Museum of the Arts' Emergency Arts Education Fund, establishing utterly ambitious art programs in New York City schools that need them most.
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Below, meet auction artist Carole Seborovski.
Carole's daughter painting at her easel
Do you have a favorite memory of making art as a child?
When I was about ten years old, I made a painting of the sky. It was through the process of observation that all the subtle variations of blue became apparent. Making art allowed me to have a richer experience with the world surrounding me.
What advice would you give to young artists who wish to pursue an art practice?
Always follow where creativity takes you. Going past your intellect into the unknown is where creativity lies. It is through the process of working that inspiration comes.
How does working with children inspire you?
I remember how excited my daughter was when I bought her a watercolor set. And how thrilling it was to see her make 20 paintings in 30 minutes. I thought, “Wow, I need to get some more of that back into my own work!” The unbridled creative energy that runs through children is contagious.
When did you first know you were going to be an artist?
Around the age of 16, I experienced artmaking as being magical and I knew that was what I wanted – to tap into that magic for the rest of my life.
Can you describe a formative experience visiting a museum or gallery?
I didn’t have the opportunity to visit museums as a child, so I drew inspiration from the postcards that my teacher showed us in art class. I was so hungry for art that those postcards were more than enough to inspire me.
Female Figurine Vessel
gold leaf over epoxy clay, on fired clay, acrylic paint