The Creative Unconscious: What's your name, age, and professional title? Where are you currently employed?
Corrie LaVelle: Corrie LaVelle, 39, Encaustic Artist, Self Employed
TCU: What hobbies do you have outside of your professional field that keep you inspired and motivated to generate personal work? How do they inspire you?
CLV: As a single mom with 3 kids, and a small business owner, I have very limited time for extra curricular hobbies. However hobbies and emotional sabbath is extremely important to the soul. I try to hike or run whenever possible to have a few moments of quiet and to gather the inner inspiration to pour into my encaustic paintings.
TCU: Do you have a hard time balancing being a creative professional and generating personal work that you're proud of?
CLV: Absolutely. The balance between “I have to” and “I get to” is a constant struggle. Just recently I decided that before every painting that has a pressing deadline I will do a small painting that I WANT to do. This exercise warms up my creativity and gets me excited for the creative journey ahead.
TCU: What time of day do you feel the most creative? What about the most productive?
CLV: Most definitely I feel creativity flowing through my body in the morning. I love unlocking my studio door to a quiet space, preferably when it is still dark out. Knowing that there is a day of possibilities ahead of me artistically and personally excites me.
TCU: What are your creative goals for the future?
CLV: I have a journal FULL of goals both creative and practical.
TCU: Are you working on any personal projects right now? If so, can you share a little bit about your inspiration and your creative process?
CLV: It has been a goal of mine for the last year to build up my mixed media series. I have slowly been adding to the series reclaimed metal and wood combined with encaustic imagery.
TCU: What scares you?
CLV: Very little scares me anymore. The last several years have been full of trials and errors….then more errors… and more errors. I’ve learned that I am still standing when the day is done, and I’ve become a better person more from failure than through success. That said, I am looking forward to (hopefully) less struggles and more triumph in the future.
TCU: What does success mean to you?
CLV: Success. To be honest success means balance to me. Balance between passions, responsibilities, family, job, friends, community. I go to bed every single night wondering what I could do better, vowing to wake up tomorrow more well rounded and ready to try and achieve success for the day….