Gentlewomen of chidoriya No. 4:
Illustrator / Painter
When did you start painting?
The first real painting I remember working on was when I was about six. It was pineapple.
Did you go to art school? If yes, which school did you go to?
I graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design.
When did you know that you will be an artist for a living?
When a publisher told me that they wanted to publish my first book. I burst into tears and then went and looked at myself in the mirror, expecting that I had transformed somehow.
What was the best thing you learned at school?
One of my professors used to say that an illustration could be a rebus rhyme, or it could be poetry.
How do you get inspiration for your art? What inspires you the most?
Seeing/reading/hearing something unexpectedly moving. Taking off my glasses and seeing mistaken things, like a sailboat in a tree that turns out to be a shopping bag. I get a lot of ideas when I'm lying awake in bed and not quite dreaming.
Who is (are) your most favorite artist(s)?
There are too many to list--I don't want to forget someone! But I love to go to the Art Institute and look at the Joseph Cornell boxes.
What makes you smile?
Kind people, surprises, the sound of orchestras tuning up.
What makes you cry?
Most recently it was because someone crashed into my ankles with a shopping cart.
Do you have any pets?
I have two cats, a dog, and a lizard.
What are you working on right now? and do you have any new & exciting projects coming up in 2018?
I just finished some greeting cards, and have a book and some other projects coming up. I've been writing some stories and am planning to illustrate them, too.
What's most important for you being a professional illustrator?
Freedom and trust. Even though I'm working with other people and need their input, my favorite clients are the ones who trust my decisions. When I'm given that space, my ideas are truer and my work is stronger.
Where could we purchase your paintings?
I sell prints of my work, and sometimes originals, in my Etsy shop:
As you are one of our best customers.... what are your favorite items from Chidoriya's line?
I bought the Eye Serum a few weeks ago because I fell in love with the drawing of the eyes on the label! I've already gone through most of the bottle because I use it all the time.