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02 Aug Artist Spotlight: Daisy Schenone

“End of June 2014, in order to keep my daughter away from cellphone and video games, I suggested her to paint with me. We began to paint on ceramic tiles and for the fun of it, I posted them on Facebook. Less than two months, I sold about 15 tiles from Facebook and this definitely gave me a great encouragement. But most significantly I discovered my ultimate passion and talent for painting. For the past three years, except for vacations, I have never stopped painting for over three days (hey, I work part-time and I am a mom).”

Daisy Shenone’s work can be seen at South End Kitchens, 1500 South Blvd # 101A, Charlotte, NC 28203.

When did you start your career in art? How long have you known you wanted to be an artist?

When I was young, I always wanted to be a fashion designer. But I never thought I would become an artist because I did not know how to draw or paint. Four years ago, I started to paint with my daughter with the purpose of mother-daughter bonding and less electronic time for her. Since then, I never stop painting and I instantly knew it was my calling. Of course, later on, it was just like getting hit by lightning that it’s in my genes. My grandpa from mother side was an artist who I met only once in my life. He was in prison for 30 years due to political differences.

Describe your aesthetic in 3 words.

Landscape, cityscape, passion.

Describe your artistic process and preparation?

I started with oil painting but quickly fell in love with acrylic because of its faster drying process. It fits better with the flow of my emotion and creativity. I am very lucky I have lived in two different great countries: China and the US. And in both countries, I have lived in big cities and rural areas. My life experience is the foundation of my creativity. When there is a scenery strikes me, I take a picture. It can be because of its beauty, its sentiment or its profoundness which echoes in my heart. Also, sometimes, I just paint what is in my mind and what I feel. Even from a photo, I ALWAYS combine the reality with my imagination and emotion. To me, each painting has its own background, own story and it either brings back a memory of the past or leads me to future longings, or both. And maybe that is why I am often told by viewers that my paintings draw their thought and sometimes their mind enters the scene with stories.

I normally sketch the subject first, prime my canvas with background colors, light to dark, up to down, left to right. I love utilizing thick paint to create substantial texture and more vivid effect. Most cases, during the process, I am more focus on my emotion than reality. As a result, the finished art is very different from the original photo or even the original scene when it first appears in my mind. One painting can be painted with over ten layers and take one to three weeks to finish based on its size, my judgement and contents. Some days, I paint for 9 hours until I feel dizzy from the acrylic. When I paint, I don’t think much but feel instead. So, I like to let my paintings sit for a day or so, come back looking at them, feeling them and improving them in my own artistic way.

Favorite piece you’ve created to date and why?

“Kiss” imitated Gustav Klimt and “My Forest” both are my most recent paintings. One is displaying in the DA office and the other one is in South End Kitchens. I have to make prints for my own existence and sanity.

Who inspires you personally and/or professionally?

Van Gogh, Gustav Kimt and Pierre Eugene Montezin.

Biggest accomplishment to date?

Financially, within four years, I sold over 50 paintings. Spiritually, I found my most effective method to deal with emotion roller coaster and lasting passion for life.

Favorite location to create/what is your studio like?

I do have my own studio at home. Moving to a home with a beautiful sunroom as my studio facing Davidson Lake on August 4th, 2018. However, I can paint anywhere as long as nobody disturbs me. I have a few easels around my studio. I sit, I stand, I kneel down and I lay down when I paint. Color goes to my clothes, my hair and my body as well as my floor and my dogs during. Once a while, a sad song reminds me of someone I used to love or love and I listen to it a few times. After that, I am drowning in my own memory and longing. Soundlessly, I am entering my own world. A friend of mine owns a studio in Davidson offers classes and he invited me to paint with him and/or them without charges. I said:” I can’t, your students are too chatty. Art is very personal to me. I can’t be in the environment where we are painting and talking about shopping, food and vacation at the same time.” My art is my truthful soul and I am his faithful lover.

A random fact about you?

After reading the above, don’t you think I am crazy. Actually not, I am a very friendly person but do not like socializing. Love being alone and paint and garden. I am trying to be a good mom to my daughter and my husband already requests me not to cook for him so I can have more time to paint. Our home has very little furniture so my clearing time will be less and easier. Daughter first, art second. After three years, she will be in college and I will be crazy then with my art.

One thing you couldn’t live without?

Do you really have to make me pick between family and art? Sorry, I never thought about this question and I am not going to. I believe I always have what I want and I always live for them: family and art.

Your all-time artist and/or your favorite emerging artist?

Van Gogh, Gustav Klimt and Serguei Toutounov.

Name one goal for your career you’d like to achieve in the next 5 years?

Non-stop Painting, a career I never retire.

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