8 Questions with Stacy Daugherty

1. What situation or person motivated you to pursue art?
Over a decade ago, I created my brand Artography with portrait and commercial clients at the forefront and some creative shooting on the side. It was during these times of exploration that I discovered my fascination with macro photography and my desire to create art within this genre.

The real tell was during the last wedding that I shot. I insisted on doing all of the detail photography myself, with my artistic view and macro lens. I was completely in my Zen, revealing all the tiniest elements and textures, experiencing a sense of elation and heightened imagination as I worked. I knew then and there that my heart was set on macro photography, and I had connected with my purpose.

I only wanted to explore and create art from that moment on.

2. From where do you draw your inspiration to create art?
Nature is my ultimate inspiration and all of my senses are involved: seeing the gorgeous colors of flowering plants and trees, the sound of leaves crunching underfoot, the coolness or warmth in the air, the fragrance of fresh cut grass, watching the movement in the leaves when the wind blows.

All of these come together to create a thought, a concept, a feeling that inspires my creativity. My instinct guides me through each part of the process, to be a part of nature’s conversation and share this with the world.

3. What emotion are you trying to create for your audience through your art?
What I hear most from viewers is they feel a sense of peace, serenity and calm as they experience my artwork. It gives them a chance to slow down and envision themselves in an unseen world, providing a sense of wonder and awakening.

Mission accomplished.

4. Does an artist have an obligation to make a statement with their art?
No. We are obligated to our souls’ purpose. I’ve chosen to immerse myself in my life’s passion, Artography. The messages and statements that each person individually receives through their art and process in of itself achieves its mission.

Yes to the times I choose to make political and social statements. Yes to the times when I can make use of my artistry to further a Cause. We all make the world better each in our own individual way of contributing.

5. Was there ever a time when giving up was the right thing to do?
No not for me. I have definitely been challenged down to my very core though, and have had to truly peel off all the layers of resistance, fears, exhaustion, confidence or lack of, and so on to truly come into my own power and appreciation of who I am and what I’m made of.

Also, I truly believe that you cannot fully commit yourself in any relationship, job or anything unless you can walk away. You must be free, therefore, to be able to fully choose to stay.

6. Is there something in your past career that would surprise people?
I have had many different career experiences prior to being a full-time artist. Something you may not expect is that I was a Real Estate Agent and obtained my Broker’s license. I also was a salesperson and service tech for the first cellular phone company ever in the early 90’s (yes, I’m exposing my age here!)

7. What do you see as the most important attributes of a successful artist?
Tenacity, optimism, open mind & heart, eagerness to learn, flexibility and humility are a few really important ones.

8. What is the most valuable life lesson you learned from creating art?