Lauren Saxton is a self-taught artist who lives in Arizona with her husband and cats. Much of her work is influenced by fairy tales, history, and nature, and she wants her work to transport the viewer to sweetly mysterious and magical places. She found a deep connection with the pop surrealism movement and began to pursue her artwork more seriously in 2009, and has sold her work ever since both online and through galleries.
Have you always been creative and artistic?
I would say yes; I grew up with a very creative mom who was extremely encouraging about my sister and I pursuing our artistic interests. I really liked drawing and I took art classes in high school and dabbled in oil painting, but I didn't really start coming into my own artistically until I was in my 20's. That was when I began to devote serious time to drawing and painting, and I haven't looked back since!
How would you describe the style of your work?
I relate most to pop surrealism; I was really blown away when I discovered this style of art and it has probably been my biggest influence. I would also say that my art is feminine, sweet and whimsical. I am always striving to put down in pencil and paint the magical fairytale place that has lived in my dreams since childhood.
What’s in your pencil case and what’s your favorite tool?
Mine is actually a wood pencil holder made for me by my husband; it holds several different kinds of mechanical pencils, pens, and Prismacolor colored pencils. I also have a brush holder full of Trekell brushes and a little rolling cart full of Golden and Liquitex acrylic paints. I don't have a real "studio" and I work at our living room coffee table, so I try to keep things portable :)
Who is your favorite superhero?
I would have to say that my mom is my superhero; I wouldn't be where I am now making art full-time if it weren't for her unwavering love, encouragement and support. Plus she has amazing crafting skills!
If you could have one super power what would it be?
I would love to have the ability to heal animals and keep my kitty girls around with me much longer; they are my best buddies!
Where do you look for inspiration?
I find inspiration in many different things; it could be a book, movie, or a photo on Pinterest. I collect a lot of art and fairytale books, both vintage and new, and I love to leaf through those for inspiration as well.
Who are your favorite artists or comic book authors?
A few of my favorite artists are: Stephen Mackey, Nicoletta Ceccoli, Anne Siems, Mab Graves, Kelly Vivanco, Jana Brike...I could go on and on! I am constantly blown away by all of the talent and imagination out there.
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