Sophia Voelker (Black Butterfly Studio)
What initially captured your imagination about the medium you use?
Acrylic paint is consistent in its vibrancy and allows for countless blending techniques, whether done with my fingertips, paintbrush or a spray bottle.
What types of things inspire you to create art?
Each series of artwork represents an encounter with people I have befriended, worked with, and casually "people-watched" while at a stop light or during a leisurely walk with my family. Stories are told through my paintings. I am pleased when admirers and collectors are filled with joy and experience a moment of child-like curiosity about the story behind each painting.
What life experiences have helped to shape you as an artist?
I was inspired to teach myself to paint after I saw my grandmother's sketches, learned of my Uncle Mark Sabino’s art career and heard of a family member's involvement in the design of the St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands flag. These artistic connections fueled my ambition to bond with art communities wherever I’ve lived.
Tell us about your creative process, from the beginning of a typical piece to its completion.
I do not use a sketch as my outline. It is much easier for me to freehand each piece from start to finish. Since I must work at night, I use high lumen white LED lighting. If there is available time for corrections during the day, touches/edits are made along the way.
What plans do you have for the future direction of your art?
As of May, I have completed the final draft of a children’s book in which I will also illustrate. It is my hope that I can find both a licensed or certified editor and a repeatable publishing company (preferably local to Wisconsin).
More projects under way are as follows:
Adult graphic novels
New Art Series:
Diversity Among Us
This Little Nook of Mine
In the Biz
liTTle mAn and Cherry – The Adventure Continues (Digital Art, Paintings and stories)