I am the owner and creator of Punched Pretty Designs. Throughout my life, I've dabbled in numerous art styles and media (from painting to photography to apparel design) and right now I'm mostly interested in digital art / photo manipulation. I consider this to be a hobby - not something that is going to put my kid through college - but, as a struggling single mom, wouldn't it be nice to wake up one day and see that someone has purchased one of my prints... *hint hint*
When it comes to inspiration (and what inspires me to create), it's really nothing too grandiose or specific. I've heard many visual artists talk about how they're inspired by these important themes (e.g., justice/injustice, war, depression, an eating disorder...); as a kid/teen, I can see now, my art was much more 'emotional'. Nowadays, there is no one (or more) cause(s) that provoke me to sit down and create. Rather, I find my inspiration in every day, more ordinary, places. If a guy breaks up with me, that won't send me racing to find the nearest copy of Photoshop. Neither would, say, getting a speeding ticket I didn't deserve. But I may be folding laundry and a pattern might catch my eye and I may think "hmm, that would make a sweet-looking overlay"... Or, the other day for example, I randomly stumbled across a collection of quotes about women, and that gave me the idea for a collection of (digitally enhanced/manipulated) portraits of famous women with quotes as overlays, with vintage and/or grunge effects.
I don't think there's any one "right" (or wrong) way to go about creating [art]; rather, for each person, there are things that work and things that don't work. For me what "works" is not to take myself - my art - too seriously. That's not to downplay any other artist's work (who may take their art very seriously). Just, for me, I find I'm at my best if I remain relatively casual in my approach. For me, what "works" is just trying to make something that is pleasing to the eye, and not focusing so much on the art having some deeper, hidden meaning. I buy art because I like how it looks and not so much for its story. I know there are people that DO buy art for its story and for it's statement. Again, there's no right or wrong way to do it--this is just how I am and how I would have to explain my approach or philosophy in regard to my own designs. Once in a blue moon, I will have a piece that a significant, discernible amount of emotion or thought went into conceiving of, but during the actual process of creating I'm mostly just enjoying the process, not thinking about what I'm going to put in that heated letter to the Senator. I'm only in my thirties, but I feel like I've lived hard so far. I feel like now is the time to let myself kick back and take life a little easy. The times I make art don't exclude that desire.
I would like to thank everybody who has taken the time to stop by and view my gallery, especially if your thoughts have been mostly positive. I have suspicion that my designs are not going to be what pleases everybody--I'm probably pandering to a very niche market, I suspect. I'm aware my art isn't exactly what you'd call "commercial", but--I may need to second guess what I said about meaning--when I glance at these pieces, it's [the gallery is] undeniably very "me". I personally LIKE art that's original, that ISN'T very "commercial". I like art to be experimental and edgy--even if it's something I don't personally enjoy, that at least tells me the artist has a personality, and sometimes even--substance. If you're creating art for the purpose of selling it [making money], that lack of enthusiasm/lack of desire will probably translate into the work, and I probably won't like it. I suppose the point I'm trying to make with this is that I'm aware that my designs aren't very mainstream, but I'm OK with that. What you WILL always get from me (and my work) is my being true to my passion. And then if people like it, then that makes me giddy.