Maddie Stratton has been painting portraits for years now, and was recently selected as one of twelve Where Y’Artist to participate in “300 for 300”, a collaborative series with Nola Media Group, producers of Nola.com and The Times-Picayune, featuring the people that make New Orleans, New Orleans.
“When faced with rendering significant figures from New Orleans’ first 300 years, she said she’d like to help people learn something about her subjects even before they read about them, so she has studded her portraits with architectural and symbolic clues to put them in cultural context.” – excerpt from Nola.com article by Doug MacCash.
Discover more about Maddie in the Q&A below.
Describe your art in three words. Vibrant, Instinctive, lonely
Describe yourself in one word. Interested
What do you love the most about creating art in New Orleans? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work? New Orleans is so lush, I am always amazed with all the different plants that can grow here. It makes it seem like anything is possible.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece? I often find poses I like on Instagram or in a magazine. Usually just use them as a starting point and go from there. I did a painting recently based on a perfume add in a magazine that is obviously meant to be ‘sexy’ or alluring. The people portrayed are disproportional and awkward. I think I take issue with the construct of “beauty”
Where do you draw inspiration? I draw inspiration from people I see, usually ones that I don’t know. I love the weird and the awkward.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus? David Hockney, Kerry James Marshall, Alex Katz, Maira Kalman, Picasso
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work? I love most music. I especially love music that gives me energy when I paint. I think that a song that would best describe my work would be some kind of melodramatic love ballad.
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year? I love dusk in any season, the lighting is beautiful and the sky is usually my favorite color, pink.
Where Y’Art is the proud partner of Nola Media Group, the producers of Nola.com / The Times-Picayune for its 300 for 300 project, marking the tricentennial of New Orleans, running through 2018 and highlighting 300 people who have made New Orleans, New Orleans.