Marie Matheson is a talented artist and photographer. The 2014 Paws For Charity book featured some of her photographs. To see more of her work, visit her flickr page.
Where do you live? What made you want to contribute to help raise funds for an animal shelter in Nova Scotia?
I live in San Francisco, with my husband and two rescue dogs. I am always interested in helping animals in any way I can and Sara's project ----Paws For Charity --is a fun and easy way to make a contribution. Until I moved to San Francisco last year, I was an active volunteer at the Humane Society of Silicon Valley. In my new locale, I now hope to provide support to SPCA of San Francisco.
Do you ever find yourself in a creative dry spell? What do you do to get yourself inspired?
Dry spells are common from what I understand! My dry spells come when I am unable to detach myself long enough from my left brain day job to get a the chunk of time needed to relax, out doors in nature, before I become motivated to either paint or take photos. So I make sure I create that time for myself on a regular basis.
Do you have any creative mentors?I have 3 creative mentors at the moment: Photographers Diane Varner and Brenda Tharp, plus painter, Flora Bowley. Diane's photos are ethereal and make me strive to be a more creative photographer. Brenda is a wonderful teacher/ instructor whom I have learned much from and encourage people to take part in one of her workshops. Flora offers an online painting course that addresses techniques, but also how to overcome those challenges of creative dry spells we all seem to reach.
Thanks Marie...I'm so glad you participated in the 2014 Paws For Charity Project!
Click on this link to preview this year's book: http://www.blurb.com/books/5210564-2014-paws-for-charity
For a 25% discount on your purchase, input coupon code P4C2014 (valid until June 30, 2014). All proceeds from the sale of these books are donated to Sheltering Helpless Animals in Distress (SHAID.ca), an animal Shelter in Nova Scotia.
E-books are also available...you can preview e-books here: http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/468601-2014-paws-for-charity