MADELYN JOAN TEMPLETON
When Madelyn was young she was diagnosed with a comprehensive disorder that made verbal interaction difficult, rising above this challenge she used art as an outlet for expression. Incorporating a subtle, earthy color pallet, she intertwines natural elements into her portraits of beautiful woman, the result is quietly seductive. Her work feels feminine without being overt, there's unique beauty in this simplicity that make her paintings relatable and inviting while still maintaining a mysterious allure. In our interview this emerging artist reveals her thoughts on inspiration and creative process.
Your soft, natural color pallet draws the viewer to the sensuality of your subjects. Where do you think your affinity for expressing femininity comes from?
I'm not sure that my attraction towards painting women has a specific reason. As a female artist, a women's body and face features is much more familiar to me. I love the elegance a women can be in a way that their beauty is expressed with gestures from simple movements and grace.
What excites you most about creating your work?
One of the most exciting things for me when creating new work is being able to release a sense of comfort and stability. I'm able to express my thoughts and feelings without having to struggle to find words to explain myself. This may sound not that exciting, but for me growing up with a process disorder, I had the hardest time talking to others in general. Art has been an exciting adventure for me ever since I was four years old.
What new projects or goals are your working on at the moment?
At the moment, I've just completed a new series of paintings that will be exhibiting for the next few months located at the FE Gallery 1100 65th Street, Sacramento, CA. This will be my first time participating in a 2-person show. The showcase will be from October 5, - December 4, 2014. The Artist Opening Reception is October 11, from 6-9PM. There will be another Mini Reception November 8, from 6-9PM. Overall, I am very excited that I just completed a whole years project. Now, I've started planning for my next new series of watercolor paintings that will include male models, cats, women, and rabbits.
How much does your mood and life experiences affect your work?
I am a very sensitive person, and anything in my life affects the way I paint. I believe thats a good thing though, it keeps my ideas changing and gives me that energy to try new techniques in my watercolor paintings.
From inspiration to completed piece, can you share some insight into your creative process and workflow? Do you usually work on one project at a time?
I usually begin working on many projects all at once. I keep getting so many ideas on what I want to paint, by all the inspiration around me from nature and old fashion wallpaper I can never keep up. When I see something I like and it gives me an idea for a future painting I either photograph or sketch what I see. I mainly keep a nice small 5''x8'' sketchbook with me at all times, because you'll never know when you might run into something amazing to draw.