For The Love of Art: A Conversation with Sally Huss


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When I was born, my room was painted white with blue, purple, and pink dots on the wall. When I was six, the room transformed when I wanted a hot pink wall that matched my Bratz bed sheet exceptionally well. In middle school, I decided to "grow up" and paint my turquoise. In college, I painted my room white and currently has a light yellow accent wall. Through these changes, one piece of art remains on my wall. It is a copy of a 1979 Sally Huss painting my parents bought when I was four. The painting says, "I love you with all my hearts." The picture hangs as a constant reminder of my parents' love for me.




(Image courtesy of Sally Huss)


When I started this blog, I knew I wanted to interview Sally Huss. Sally Huss, no relation to me, is known for her children's books and happy artwork. I reached out to Huss, and I had the chance to learn about the person who created the art work that reflects my North Star.





(Image courtesy of Sally Huss)


1. What are your books about?

They're all children's books discussing societal issues. You can go to my Youtube to see some of my work.






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2. What artists inspire your work?

I work quickly and generally in acrylics. The colors do not blend well with each other as do oil paints. But, the great artist Jerome Gistaldi taught me how to blend acrylics. I still let the brush do much of the work, offering its own presence in a painting.






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3. What advice would you give to someone in their twenties?

Follow your heart, Follow what nourishes you, and always keep moving. If you start something and you don't like it, that's fine; just keep moving. The danger is that if you stop, you become passive (the worst state to be in). Life is just a matter of hills you climb; always remember that when one door closes, another opens.




(Image courtesy of Sally Huss)









Me on my first day of graduate school

Rachel Huss

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