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I’m from Connecticut, born and raised.  I have been interested in art for as long as I could hold a crayon.  So I’ve been scribbling a long time!  LOL   I was too young then to realize I used my art as therapy.  When I was having a bad day or a fight with one of my siblings, I distinctly remember running into my room and pulling out my coloring books and going to town.  
I am directly influenced by the masters.  Chagall, Matisse and Picasso to name a few.  I study all the masters all the time!  When I am resting with a painting, I will grab a book on Picasso and LOOK at his strokes, his line work or color choice, or at Chagall’s interpretation of his world with color and choice of subject matter.  Other artist past present and future are there for us to learn from and aspire to.  It’s then from that point of learning and applying that our voice becomes developed and then our own style or way of speaking through paint is born.

Roberta, welcome, and thank you so much for participating in this project.  Your art is wonderful and I’m sure our readers are anxious to find out more about you so let’s get right to it.

No. 1)  What is art to and for you?  (generally and personally)ROBERTA MOCKUS DSCN1537

Art to me is my life line, it’s what helps me keep living.  Color and shapes fascinate and excite me!  Art is me, there is no separation for me.  It is like the food we eat keeps us living and strong.  Art is part of my nutrition program!  🙂

No. 2)  What inspires you?

Life inspires me!   I might see a shape in the clouds or a color in nature and I remember that feeling and start a canvas with the same feelings.  The paintings then just take on a life of their own.

No. 3)  When you are creating, painting, where does it take you?  I mean where does your mind (spirit) travel?

I don’t really know how to answer that question.  I don’t know where I am when deep in process.  It is like I exist but don’t at the same time, if that makes since.  I am not aware of my physical being.  

No. 4)  Do you feel painting, music and health are related and if so, how? 

Without some sort of release of our inner thoughts and dialog we get all bottled up inside a constipated mess I like to refer it to.  Without that release we walk around with all this “stuff”, the “stuff” can be good or bad it doesn’t matter what the emotion is but it has to go somewhere.  When not release I believe that bottled upness can over time cause us harm from a simple cold or flu to much worse.  Everything that goes in at some point has to come out.  Breath in, breath out, food in, food out…you get the idea.  ox

ROBERTA MOCKUS DSCN1543No. 5)  How do you feel when you paint? 

I feel when I paint that I am connected to something else more powerful than my human body or mind.  I am not me in the sense of Roberta, I am much bigger, more expansive, much more alive!

No. 6)  Do you identify with your subject (which is not the proper term for abstract I suppose) and if so, on what level?  

All I know for sure is when I have paint in hand I start the work, the rest is unknown to me.  If I feel I need white I will stop what I’m doing and pick up white.  It is an inner “voice” if you will that is doing all the work.  I just stand back and reflect.  Then my intellect has to take over at some point and make sense of what is going on with the canvas.

No. 7)  Under what conditions do you work best? 

The best circumstance I work best in depends totally on the day. I can be doing some of my best work in the hour I give myself every morning before work or when I make the time for studio work.  It really all depends.  I usually have to “warm up” before I am really connected to source then I fly!

No. 8 )  Does painting help you connect with your higher self, whatever that is for you? 

Painting does connect me to my “higher self” and or spirit, God, what ever you want to call it but only when I allow it, meaning if I am “controlling” my work then I am not creating from spirit, I am creating from ego.  When I can let go then spirit flows through me and I am truly thankful and blessed.

No. 9)  How do you feel about creativity, its use and development in the publicROBERTA MOCKUS DSCN1551 school system?

I don’t think the public school system puts enough emphasis on creativity at all.  In my opinion this should be a highly developed program incorporating many facets of creating as not only a “build” but a RELEASE for the students.  Giving them tools for the present and future to help them on their journey as humans.

No. 10)  In your opinion, what could be a simple solution to improve creativity in the public school system?

Simple solution, give “art” more time.

No. 11) What are you hoping to convey to the public through your art?

My message is simple, to love and be love, be inspired and inspire.

Once again Roberta, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and feelings with us, as well as your wonderful and so refreshing art.  I hope our paths cross agin in the near future.  Until then, I wish you well in all your endeavours, be blessed!


You are cordially invited to look up Roberta Mockus on the Internet.  She is also on Facebook.  Your comments are welcome and always appreciated, thank you so much, enjoy!

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Thank you for having me, it was a pleasure. ox

By Carmel Georgescu on April 6th, 2013 at 12:41 am

Thanks for sharing!

It’s good to see someone so passionate and enthusiastic about art. Very inspiring. Thanks

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My name is Michele Andree. I am an artist, I paint musicians in action. I think I’m a musician at heart, my instrument being… a brush, so I play…brush and I paint… music.
I love jazz. I call it freedom music. It promotes special values. I love intelligent people and good conversations.

Some people ask me how music relates to art. Personally I find they go hand in hand. Music is what turns me on to painting. It makes me see colours