Brandee Snyder illustrated our feature author Paul Larson’s book The Most Important Critter in the Whole Wide World. (Read Paul’s interview here.) In this week’s feature artist interview, Brandee talks to me about channeling, tattoos and collecting feathers.
Where do you live?
I have a home in Eagar AZ in the White Mountains at 7200’ elevation. I do enjoy living here because of the beautiful sunsets. Also the four seasons remind me of back East.
What is your favorite children’s book?
I enjoyed Eloise growing up and I appreciate the Dr Suess artwork tremendously.
Tell us about one children’s book author that you really enjoyed working with.
Paul Larson was so gracious and patient with my time frame for creating the drawings. He has such a passion for his storytelling.
What is your earliest memory of drawing?
When I was about 8 years old I experienced a FLOW experience while drawing in my bedroom upstairs- almost like channeling a more experienced artist because every line was going to be perfect in the portrait that I was working on….weird, huh!?
Many artists have written / illustrated their own children’s books. Have you done this or plan to do it?
I have a few funny ideas for some possible books, my best friend a high school English teacher has even more ideas for me to illustrate…time will tell- maybe once we retire…LOL! I would like to [write my own book] ..I have some funny little packrat characters running around my head.
What is the most challenging part about being an artist?
Finding time to create.
Tell us 3 strange and wonderful things about you.
- I have wonderfully strange tattoos similar to a mural
- I am a strange and wonderful cat & horse whisperer
- I strangely collect wonderful bird feathers
Which is your favorite art museum?
Phoenix Art Museum – I enjoy the Cowboy Artists of America show every year.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Regarding painting/artwork: know when to quit and put down your brush/pencil.