Saying Yes to Art: Artist Interview with Sculptor Karen Schmidt

[I]n this Art, Life & Faith video interview with sculptor Karen Schmidt, she offered these profound words of wisdom: When you say “yes” to your art, you will face a thousand “no’s”. She is so right. Karen Schmidt is an amazing sculptor, wife, mother and grandmother. She is also one of the most prayerful, disciplined and seasoned artists I know. Karen was a guest blogger earlier this year on Art, Life & Faith with her insightful thoughts on When Creativity Runs Dry. In this Art, LIfe & Faith interview, we talked about how she became a sculptor, her early influences, how she spends her day creating, how she cultivates her spiritual life, the current state of art in the Church and how struggling artists can find help in their work and life. Read on…

Karen and I spoke about the following questions…

1. How did you get involved in sculpture? Who were early influences? What were your first few years as a sculptor like?

2. I’ve had the opportunity to view your work for several years now. As an artist, what are you trying to communicate with your art? What story are you telling?

3. How do you prepare yourself for a day in the studio? What does a day in the studio look like?

4. What is your perspective on the role of art in the Church? How do you view the current state of art in the Church? Any bright spots or areas of new growth?

5. What might you say to an artist who is struggling with their calling as an artist? (They could be wrestling with God, the work, relationships…or all three!)

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Questions: What thoughts or comments most resonated with you in this interview with Karen? What did you find helpful or thought-provoking?

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