A Beautiful Bounty
By Charelle Evelyn on November 16 2016
Born and bred in Prince George, Roanne Whitticase has ample inspiration for her mixed media fare, bringing together pieces of nature to create unique works of art.
Whether she’s combining dried flowers with sunglasses or bark and witches hair with a needle and thread, the artist behind the Scene PG’s cover fashion isn’t afraid to experiment, get a little messy and see where her imagination leads.
This spring, Whitticase decided to devote more time to the pursuit of art, and now her work can be found around the city at the Prince George Farmers’ Market, Studio 2880, Underground Art below Books and Co. and online at http://www.thewittycase-shop.ca/.
The Scene: How did you get into this type of art?
Roanne Whitticase: I’ve always collaged – always. I think I just developed into enjoying more so doing the assemblage, mixed media where there’s basically no limits to what materials you use. I’m always drawn to using a lot of things just found in nature. There’s just so much beautiful stuff out there like dried flowers and a lot of that. I always tend to incorporate a lot of things in nature around us. It’s fun, being able to do that. There are no boundaries to what you can do with it.
TS: Have you always been into art?
RW: My whole family’s artistic. My sister has the more natural ability, like she could draw your face perfectly. I was never really that, I was more into the different, abstract, weirder stuff, I guess. When I was 15, I didn’t have a bare space on a wall or the ceiling – it was entirely collaged. I don’t know why my parents let me do that. I always dabbled in it.
TS: What’s your process? Do you find the material first to inspire you or do you look for things to fit an idea?
RW: It goes both ways. Quite often it will be something that I see that I want to make something with. Other times, like with the dresses, you have a fun idea and then think ‘how would I make that work?’
TS: What’s been the response since you’ve started putting yourself and your art out in public forums.
RW: I’ve had a lot of people come by (at the farmers’ market) and stand there and talk and give neat advice, which is great because I’m going into the artist world blind. I never had formal training.
TS: What’s the most helpful thing you’ve been told so far?
RW: I want to start going to the Maker’s Lab and to the studio for fun. I just think it will be great to be around other artists where there’s endless possibilities to learn... It’s not necessarily easy to walk into the art community but you slowly learn once you put yourself out there.
TS: Do you find it easy to put yourself out there?
RW: Yeah, I’d say so. I’m maybe too overly ambitious at points. But that’s the nice thing about art that doesn’t intimidate me: there’s so much you can learn but so much you can learn along the way and there’s nothing wrong with that. There are a lot of professions where you have to have specific, precise skill set to do it at all. But art is so subjective that leaning along the way isn’t as intimidating.
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