When did you start painting?
In high school, I dabbled in painting but didn’t really start until college.
Did you go to art school?
Yes, I went to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
What was the best thing you learned at school?
The best thing I learned was in an art history class taught by Robert Loescher. He taught us those boring old paintings are actually sexy, fun, and relatable.
How do you get inspiration for your art? What inspires you the most?
Windows, light, and looking
What are you working on right now?
I am working on a series of paintings of mirrors reflecting windows and doorways. It is very confusing.
Folk dancing makes her smile.
What makes you cry?
Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood
On your day off
I play tennis in the park and do tennis dances afterward, which you can see here: https://www.instagram.com/gwendolynz/
I have an exhibition that opens September 1st at Roman Susan Gallery and I am curating a show called On Anxiety that opens on September 8th. 2018 at the College of DuPage.
What's most important for you being a professional painter?
Spending lots of time in the studio and going to art openings. Both are very important!
Your favorite items from Chidoriya
I love cotton and silk facial cloth. People actually notice when I use it and tell me how good my skin looks.
Your favorite quote
This is one I think about a lot. It is from the poem The Little Gidding, by T. S. Eliot
We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring. Will be to arrive where we started. And know the place for the first time.