Corrie LaVelle

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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….

 

If you want to see more about Corrie's lovely work and learn more about this fierce artist, head over to www.corrielavelleart.com or follow along on her instagram @corrielavelleart.