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Mobile Art and Photography That Has Influenced Me – Interview with Deborah McMillion from the United States

We are delighted to bring you the eleventh in our brand new Mobile Art and Photography that has Influenced Me” series of interviews at TheAppWhisperer. Within this series, we contact well established and highly regarded mobile photographers and artists and ask them a sequence of questions. Each one relates to mobile art and photography that has inveigled and continues to impact them, by other mobile artists throughout the world. Our eleventh interview is with Deborah McMillion from the United States enjoy!

In this interview, McMillion cites work by: Christine Sobczak, Susan Murtaugh, John Bavaro, Deborah Klein, Patricio Villarroel Borquez, Angie Lambert, Matthew Watkins, Carolyn Hall Young.

To read others in this series please go here.

The image that is currently in the forefront of my mind

Christine Sobczak’s palest of pale star women make me wish I could do them but I can’t. I don’t know that kind of pale. I tried, Christine! It looked like a bad forgery. But I can covet. And enjoy hers.

©Christine Sobczak

The image that changed my life

In 2009 I was painting little images on the iPhone and annoying traditional medium friends. Finding people on Flickr who took my excitement seriously, was my saving. If I credit one person who validated my work in so many ways, it started with this homage to my fish smoking women, by Susan Murtaugh. She not only got my joke (non-smoking art) she took it to the next step on the iTouch/2009. Then introduced me to Sketchbook Pro. After that the list goes on. After showing in “The World at our Fingertips” I was hooked, line and fisherette.

©Susan Murtaugh

The image I wish I had created

John Bavaro’s incredible collection of portraits (painted on his iphone) in the style of the Fayum encaustics on wood. Faux Antiquities that look authentic are a real treat.

©John Bavaro

Artwork that has influenced my art

Digital Collage found on the IPA site of Nathaniel Park and Daria Polichetti,. Cut outs, yes. Virtual cut outs, YES! Who knew? (Felipe Posada amongst many others)

The image that is most underrated

All of it. Starting in college, grad student teacher tossed my final assignment out window because it was figurative. Or, “Ohhh-she paints fairies, what a dear!” “No, they’re moth ladies! There’s a difference! You dismissed it before you looked. You saw only the wings not the scathing sarcasm. I’d like to introduce you to my Doppelgänger from Down Under! She was creating the same kind of work legitimately. Some of her friends would like a chat. Namely her Moth Women Vigilantes.”

The image that changed my mind

Abstract. Some I like. Kandinsky, Sonia Delaunay. But it was fellow mobile artist Patricio Villarroel  Bórquez’ artistry and massive output (42,000 or more art works since 2009)  that won me! It is not so much a specific painting as a strong, consistent body of work. It’s all good!

©Patricio Villarroel Bórquez

The most recent image that made me sad

I discovered Angie Lambert looking at all the art in TheAppWhisperer inspirations when I joined. Her poignant images of fences, wayside flowers and her beautiful dog, Church. I chose one of her beautiful blues, an unreal blue that conveys so much emotion.

‘In A Land Far, Far Away’ ©Angie Lambert

The most recent image that made me smile

Matthew Watson’s robotic fish fossils!  I love visual jokes, I love robotic fish and even better printed on rock!

©Matthew Watkins

My comfort images

Images of winged women, not angels, bird girls, friends of a feather, they make me feel embraced, enfolded, loved. This was a go-to set of bird girls by Carolyn Hall Young and introduced her to me.

‘Cool Bird’ ©Carolyn Hall Young

The image I would most like to give as a gift

When I give gifts of art I never presume to chose someone else’s art as a gift. Instead I give mine made really personal. I.e, for my beloved friend’s beautiful daughter Madz’s 2nd birthday, she gets to levitate through a field of animated flowers. No one else.

©Deborah McMillion

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