Christine Mason Miller is a mixed media and collage artist and the author of the forthcoming book Desire to Inspire. Using materials as varied as acrylic paints, ink, coffee, mannequins, vintage photographs and other ephemera, Christine’s creations are full of color, texture and hidden stories. Learn more about her here.
Q: What are you working on right now?
A: My next book, which will be published by North Light Books in the fall of 2011.
Q: What is your least favorite technique that you still use anyway?
A: Sanding used to feel like a bit of a chore, until I started using a power sander!
Q: What’s the best book you’ve read lately?
A: I am reading Beauty: The Invisible Embrace by John O’Donohue and loving every single word.
Q: What’s the most inspiring trip you’ve ever taken or adventure you’ve ever had?
A: That’s a tough one—it is between a trip to Cuba in 2006 and a journey to Jordan in 2010.
Q: What’s the last thing you cooked?
A: I boiled eggs for egg salad.
Q: Do you have a talisman/power garment/ magical thing you wear?
A: I have two simple leather bracelets—one has tiny brass beads tied into it and the other has a silver tag attached to it that reads “FAITH”
Q: What’s your favorite place in all the world?
A: Big Sur, California
Q: What one thing do you want to do that you haven’t done yet?
A: Travel to Vietnam, India, and Tibet (sorry, I know that’s three things!)
Q: What’s the best day you’ve ever had?
A: Impossible to answer! Which makes me incredibly blessed, because so many of my days are filled with abundance.
Q: What’s today’s Word to Live By?
Q: What is your guilty pleasure?
A: Long, hot showers
Q: What do you listen to when you create?
A: Usually nothing—I love working in silence
Q: With whom would you love to spend one day making art?
A: Robert Rauschenberg
Q: When is your favorite time of day?
A: First thing in the morning—it is quiet, and I enjoy my daily café au lait.
Q: Why do you make art?
A: Because I absolutely have to.
Q: What is on your workspace right now (physical objects)?
A: On my desk, from left to right: A Robert Rauschenberg book, an external hard drive, my Apple computer, a pencil cup, one small candle, a childhood photo of my husband, my scanner, and the latest issue of Time magazine with an article marked about Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook. I also have a teeny tiny handmade fabric animal, a small Buddha figure, and a ceramic stone that says “Speak True” that a friend made.
Q: What’s your best piece of advice for artists?
A: Trust your intuition.
To visit Christine Mason Miller’s web site, click here.
Credit: Mason Miller photo by Thea Coughlin