A newsletter for artists of all genres, throughout Northeast Wisconsin

January 2018

Artist Spotlight Q & A

What does “being creative” mean to you?

To me, being creative is about letting your soul come through your medium. It means letting go and letting what is inside make its way to the surface so it can be shared.

Can you describe the time when you first realized that creating was something you absolutely wanted to do?

It was just natural to me as a child, but life and outer influences can squash it as we grow. I think all children are creative, but it isn’t typically nurtured so it can slowly disappear.

What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have?

I try to journal (stream of consciousness) before I paint. It helps to collect my thoughts, ideas and plans and get my creativity activated. I also meditate for just a few minutes if I have time.

What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever created?

This question makes me laugh because the best thing I ever created was a glow-in-the dark board game. My best friend and I were about 10 and created this game together and actually sent the idea to Hasbro. We were turned down, but still have that rejection letter as a reminder of our artistic and entrepreneurial start!

What are you trying to communicate with your art?

That would probably depend on what day you ask me, but currently I am trying to express and share my love of color and nature.

Which creative medium would you love to pursue but haven’t yet?

Actually, I had always wanted to try oil painting and was too intimidated by the medium to try it. I just took an online intro class in oils and fell instantly in love. They are so different than acrylics, but actually really simple to use. Both mediums have their advantages and negatives, so likely I will not choose between them, I will just do both!

What’s the best advice you have ever received about how to be more creative?

The best advice I have received is to read the Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. It is workbook style and encourages journaling and working through your “baggage” in order to set your creativity free.

What advice would you give a young artist who is just starting out?

Don’t worry about trying to be like others. Be yourself! Do whatever feels good to you. Your voice will be much more authentic and people will be able to connect with who you are. Also, artists are their own worst critics, so try to be gentle with yourself.

Kristin Sterkenburg


Phone: (231) 632-9463

Email: kris.sterkenburg@gmail.com

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Kris Sterkenburg

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