We had the good fortune of connecting with Eileen Corse and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eileen, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I have always sort of known I’d be an artist. When I was a very young child, I was always drawing, coloring, and doing anything involving art. But my parents discouraged me, saying, “Artists do not make money, so find something else to do. ” Eventually, I went to college and became a court reporter. I tell you, that was a struggle, working on the oposite side of the brain. But I managed to do that for 14 years before opportunity presented itself, and I decided to concentrate on my art. So, I found my artistic voice much later in life than most artists — in middle age. And I am so very thankful that I did. I have proven my parents wrong. I have a comfortable income from my creations,. Since beginning my art career, I have only climbed up and up. I think the ceiling has no end. I never looked back. It was as though I was posessed and could think of nothing else. And so, I look forward to doing what I love for many years to come. I am not the only person who had put their creative side away to persue other, more lucrative careers. I encourage all people to embrace the creative side at any age. I have taught many budding artists aged from 5 years of age to 100 years of age. It is never too late to pick up and learn and prosper. Creatives NEED to create. It’s not a choice.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
When I started to create art, I wanted to paint like no one else. I wanted people to have to stop and look at my painting, instead of just walking by. I wanted to be different from the rest. I wanted to stand out. I have always been very independent and wanted to be independent in the art world as well. When painted my first “Water” painting, it was only after an internal struggle, trying to find my “voice”. After meditation and prayer, I decided to paint what I wanted to paint and in a way that I wanted to paint it. And so, my “Water” series evolved. I paint utilizing only a pallet knife, with thick, juicy oil paint. If you look at my paintings from a distance, they seem pretty realistic. But come up close, and you’ll see only blobs and dashes that come together to form a figure.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would definately take them to Grove Gallery & Interiors. They have such an array of art and decorative items to look at and a huge showroom. They also — pre-covid– hosted great parties.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to say that studying how other artists have become successful has been a major influence in my success. So many artists are not gifted with a business sense and struggle to promote themselves. I have a good grip on business systems and promotion that stems from owing and operating a fine art gallery for 8 years. I have hosted self help workshops for other artists, concentrating on self promotion.