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Today we’d like to introduce you to Becca Quant.

Becca, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’ve been a compulsive artist my whole life. I grew up in West Philadelphia, and as a kid was always a bit of a nerd. My family emphasized academic achievement and I went to a magnet middle school specializing in Math and Science. During those years, art was something I did in my own time outside of school, at home, and in art clubs. As a teenager, I chose on my own to go to the Creative and Performing Arts high school to study as a Visual Arts major. It surprised my Mom that I’d chosen it over the other, more academically distinguished magnet, schools I’d been accepted to, but after my first day, I called her to tell her I knew with absolute certainty that I had made the right choice. That school was where I had my first lessons in traditional painting, ceramics, and design. By taking multiple periods of different types of art classes every day, I got used to multitasking on projects and experimenting with many different mediums. It became obvious to me after a few weeks there that I’d continue to study art in college as well.

By age 16, I had started doing more advanced art projects, sometimes staying late after school to continue working in the school’s studio, and taking other painting and figure drawing classes on the side in order to have a portfolio ready for my college applications. While I did apply to several private art schools, they were all prohibitively expensive and I ultimately decided to go to a state school with a fine art program. I moved to California for college and received my BFA in Studio Art from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. After graduating, I moved to Glendale, where I have been working as an independent artist, creating work for galleries, showing my personal work at conventions, and striving to continue improving, experimenting, and growing as an artist.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I create in a variety of mediums (pencil and ink drawing, watercolor, acrylics or oil painting, clay or mixed media sculpting, and more recently toy customizing) because I really enjoy experimenting with different techniques. In subject, my work can best be described as whimsical. I have always had a love for storytelling traditions from ancient mythologies, folklore, and fairytales, to modern fiction novels and films. I am fascinated by the way experiencing a story can teach someone something true about themselves, their emotions, or life. A lot of my work is character oriented, with anthropomorphized animals and classic character archetypes pulling from the vocabulary of storytelling. I often have very visually rich and dynamic dreams which I remember after waking up. This is one reason my illustration style tends toward surrealist elements. Sometimes a piece I make will have a straightforward underlying message, and other times, I simply hope to inspire an emotion or reaction, like a smile. It was my experience in Art school, (and other artists I’ve met have expressed similar experiences) that artists are taught “good art” must shock or disgust, disturb or offend the viewers. That is NOT my hope for people experiencing my work. I find beauty in the little creatures and the micro-interactions of subtle experiences, so my hope for my work is that it will touch or stir something in the viewer that causes them to feel an emotional recognition.

In the last few years, I have gotten into customizing dolls and toys. This work, for me is a lot more sweet and lighthearted. I never played with dolls much as a kid– I just never really liked them, but when I discovered I could make them into art, it unleashed this wave of creativity in me. Finally, a medium for me that combined many of the fine art and crafting techniques I’d worked with before all into one finished piece! Because they are toys, there’s something innately playful about them. When I started making these, I created a separate social media account because I wasn’t sure how people would respond, but the response to the toys has been so overwhelmingly positive it is now my belief that people need these little moments of joy. Everyday we are bombarded with a lot of information, much of which is negative and disheartening. My hope is that these silly and sweet little creations bring joy to the viewer.

The stereotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
Honestly, it’s hard to be an artist. There isn’t one right answer- every artist seems to take a different path. Many artists struggle in the beginning to find work and get established, and with very few exceptions, artists don’t make it big at the very beginning of their careers. My advice would be to plan ahead. Many artists have a day job or even two when they first begin to work toward being a full-time artist. It’s important to have a reliable income on the side so that even if you don’t sell all of your paintings, or get a gig that pays, you will still be able to afford your basic living expenses. That being said, it’s also important to find ways to keep creating and working to improve your art. Schedule in specific time to work on art as well as time to unwind because if every free moment is dedicated to creating, it becomes more stressful and then easily turns to burnout and lack of productivity. Once you figure out a rhythm that works for you, it becomes easier to keep making those small steps toward reaching your artistic goals.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can view my work on my Instagram accounts: illustration work @beccaquant or the custom toys @beccaintoyland, where I post pictures of my work, information about sales, and also upcoming news on where to see my work in person if I’m attending an event or showing at a specific gallery.

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Liana Hee

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