- Name: Adrian Chu Redmond
- Hometown: Tarrytown, NY
- What inspires your work? What inspires me is taking ordinary objects and painting them larger than life, giving them importance. I want the viewer to walk away with some sort of emotional connection, whether negative or positive, it is important to me that my work elicits some sort of reaction or feeling.
- What is your favorite subject matter/ pallet to use? I love painting sunflowers super big. Sunflowers always make me smile. I find them unique because of their unusual height and their huge blossom. It is intentional that I paint them larger then life so that the viewer can feel the personality and energy that these flowers provoke. I enjoy mixing different yellows to get just the right petal shades given the light source. I always add a touch of yellow ocre for continuity and depth. My favorite part of painting sunflowers is using oil crayons to define the shapes while adding energy to the piece with mark making.
- What is your favorite part about studio life (and or) do you have a certain routine? My favorite part of studio life is being surrounded by many talented and creative people. The positive energy in the Dilworth Artisan Studio building is electrifying. I am so blessed to have landed here. I love everything about my studio space. The high ceilings accommodate my urge for painting large while the natural light from the big window nourishes me!
- Who inspires you? My mother inspires me. She is the most creative person I know. In her 86th year, she is still passionately painting and her zest for life continuously inspires me. Her energy and super fun spirit can fill a room. I adore her and appreciate being brought up being handed paper and pencil when restless and being encouraged to play outside and enjoy all that nature offers. She is why I am who I am today. Her love of life is contagious. I love her so.
- If you could give a piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be? TO SMILE. A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever…
- Share one great adventure you’ve experienced : The decision to take the spiritual journey on the ROAD TO SANTIAGO this past June was, by far, the greatest adventure I have ever experienced. The El Camino de Santiago de Compostela (The Way of St. James) commences in the French Pyrenees and travels 550 miles to the Spanish city of Santiago, Spain. This ancient Christian pilgrimage, which dates back to the 11thcentury, offers a modern day retreat that provides an opportunity for spiritual growth while hiking for weeks on foreign land. With the mountainous terrain, aggressive distance, a 22lb backpack, and blistered feet, I found inner strength to push ahead and embrace the mental and physical challenges of the unknown road ahead. For me, living out of a backpack, hiking the beautiful Spanish countryside and walking through small hamlets with pilgrims from around the world has taught me much about myself while providing an adventure away from the bustle of day to day life. Here are a few valuable lessons I learned on the Camino:
*Take time to pause– you can’t appreciate the present if you are not in it
*Trust yourself – it is important to honor and trust in one’s self. This allows you to be confident in anything you choose to do
*Be open– this is where there can be a never-ending supply of what one searches for or needs- love, energy, support, guidance, learning, nurturing, etc.
*Share yourself– give freely of your time, your heart, your wisdom and your hopes
*Believe in what you do and you will do it better
And most of all, IN EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS…
- What would you be doing if you weren’t an artist? If I was not an artist, I believe I would be working with children in need.
Stop by our Gallery to visit with and meet Adrian and see her stunning work.