Hi, my name is Blakeley Hunter and I just recently joined the sales team at ForeFront Art, I thought I would do a little Q&A to allow you guys to get to know me a bit better!
Q: What made you want to start making art?
A: I was encouraged to express myself through art starting at a very young age. I remember my mom would take a blank piece of paper, draw random shapes, and tell me to fill them in with colors and patterns; it was very abstract but I fell in love. There was never a shortage of art supplies in our art cabinet and I made full use of everything inside. The rest is history.
Q: What are your favorite types of art and why?
A: I truly love all types of art but I would have to say my favorites are photography and abstract digital art. For me, photography is a chance to capture the beauty of things that people may just pass by and not think twice about, nature is by far one of my favorite subjects to shoot. My love of abstract digital art actually stemmed from my love of photography. One day while passing the time I began to experiment with photo editing, I found that I was able to give some of my photography a new life by heavily editing the photos. It took my photography from photographs to abstract art; a new passion was born.
Q: Does any one else in your family share your passion for art?
A: My whole family has a great eye for art. My mother studied art when she was younger and she is what I would consider to be a jack-of-all-trades in terms of art, from jewelry to painting; there isn’t anything she can’t do. My younger sister is also artistically inclined, although she doesn’t do anything art related for a living, she has made some great pieces over the years. My father, although not an artist, has an amazing eye for art and has filled our home with some striking and unique pieces over the years.
Q: If you could meet any artist dead or alive, who would it be and why?
A: This is a hard question for me because picking one artist is impossible! I would have to say it’s a tie between Dorothea Lange and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Lange’s photographs taken during The Great Depression evoke so much emotion from the viewer; it’s impossible to not be completely entranced by her art. Jean-Michel Basquiat is unlike any other artist I have ever seen, his abstract, grungy, and intricate paintings inspire me to break free from the norm and create any and everything that pops into my head.
Q: What does working at a company like ForeFront Paintings mean to you?
A: My new position at Forefront Paintings is a dream come true. After majoring in art in college, I was greatly discouraged by the work options available in the art world. I found that with most of the jobs, I would not be able to have much artistic freedom. When I applied for the sales job at Forefront art I had no idea just how great of an opportunity it was. After interviewing with Jessica Fang I found myself hopeful for the first time in quite a while. The position I have here at ForeFront has given me exactly what I was looking for; a chance to express myself while doing something I am passionate about.