Artists ~ Maureen Seigart ~ Providence

Artist's name: Maureen Seigart
Shop name: Tricky Pony Arts

1. Tell us about your work
My work has evolved out of my love of animals, painting, and the decorative arts. For a long time I was working on project after project that left me feeling unfulfilled, and this work started out as something fun and wild that I could do in my free time. After doing a few pieces I fell in love with the process: finding old, unwanted and discarded objects and home decor, cleaning them up, and transforming them with new paint and palettes.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter?
I was always artistic, even as a very young child. As a teen I decided that pursuing art as a career maybe wasn't a bad idea after all, despite all the starving-artist warnings. I attended RISD and was transformed by the 4 years I spent there pursuing a BFA in Illustration. Now I balance my creative business with a full-time job as a textiles designer.

3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
A lot of my inspiration comes from the pieces themselves. Each form is different and lends itself to certain styles and motifs. I also draw a huge amount of inspiration from art nouveau, art deco, and traditional folk art. Different mediums inspire my patterns, like stained glass, mosaics, and embroidery.

4. What is your favorite item to make?
I love painting each new item, as it presents it's own unique challenges, but I have a particular fondness for painting ceramic birds. I think it has to do with the multitude of opportunities with each feather, there's so much inspiration from each form!

5. What is your most popular item?
Owls, Owls, Owls! Woodland is so trendy right now! Working in the mass-market for my full-time job has been helpful for my business, because I can forecast what will be popular in the coming months and stock up on certain items.

6. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
I've been in Rhode Island 10 years! I relocated from NY when I came here for college and RI and Providence have been good to me!

7. What do you {heart} about Rhody?
There are so many things I've grown to love about RI there's definitely too many to name, but here's my best shot: Providence Roller Derby, Cable Car Cinema, RISD Museum, Waterfire, Olga's Cup & Saucer, Duck & Bunny (and pretty much everything on Wickenden St.), Providence Kickball League, Historic Benefit St Houses, Frog & Toad, Pastiche, all the local farmers markets... I could go on forever.

8. Please include anything else you'd like to add.
Thank you so much for featuring me on your blog! Keep up the great work!


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