Interview w/an Artist: Channa Booker
Artist Channa Booker
Q: What else do you recall being good at as a child? How did you come to choose art?
A: As a child I was into music, poetry, collecting toys, science, reading, writing, drawing, sculpting, and anything else I could get my hands on. I chose art because it completes me, it's therapeutic to my soul and it touches people. It's a form of reconnection of human spirits without language.
Q: WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR TOUGHEST CHALLENGE THUS FAR?
A: TIME MANAGEMENT WITH BEING A SINGLE MOTHER OF THREE, MY OWN BUSINESSES AND JUST SURVIVING. I AM GETTING BETTER AS TIME GOES BY. TIME IS BITTERSWEET.
Q: What's your favorite medium to work in?
A: Pencil. Everything begins with a sketch.
Q: How do you recharge when you feel inspiration is lacking?
A: A change of scenery, or change of actions. Do something I've never done or do something differently.
Q: WHAT RELATIONSHIP, GOOD OR BAD, HAS INFLUENCED YOUR WORK THE MOST?
A: THE TEACHER/STUDENT RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ME AND MR.PANDONE OF SOLANO COMMUNITY COLLEGE WAS THE BEGINNING OF ME BEING OPEN-MINDED. BEFORE THEN I THOUGHT I KNEW EVERYTHING AND DIDN'T NEED TO LEARN ANYTHING ELSE. BUT HE REVEALED TO ME TO LOOK AT THE WORLD AROUND ME AND TO SEE WHY THINGS ARE IN SPACES, TO ASK QUESTIONS AND TO APPRECIATE ALL INTERACTIONS. SINCE THEN I HAVE FULLY ENJOYED ALL INTERACTIONS WITH HUMANS, NONHUMANS, ARTISTS AND ALL BEINGS.
Q: What is your biggest dream for your artwork?
A: To successfully provide financially for my family, teach children anywhere who want to learn and it to be a vehicle to showcase encourage and inspire people like myself in a positive light.
Q: WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCES, AND WHICH ARTISTS DO YOU LIKE TO FOLLOW ON SOCIAL MEDIA?
A: NATURE IS THE HIGHEST INFLUENCE IN MY LIFE.
HUMAN EMOTION AND HUMAN INTERACTIONS.
JOSEPH CORNELL AN AMERICAN ARTIST AND SCULPTOR, ONE OF THE PIONEERS AND MOST CELEBRATED EXPONENTS OF ASSEMBLAGE.
BRUCE WILLIAM SMITH AN AMERICAN CHARACTER ANIMATOR, FILM DIRECTOR, AND TELEVISION PRODUCER, BEST KNOWN AS THE CREATOR OF DISNEY CHANNEL'S THE PROUD FAMILY.
GARY WAYNE GOLDMAN AND DON BLUTH WHOSE TALENTS INCLUDE AMERICAN ANIMATOR, FILM DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, WRITER, PRODUCTION DESIGNER, VIDEO GAME DESIGNER AND ANIMATION INSTRUCTOR AND VOICE ACTOR. BEST KNOWN FOR SECRET OF NIMH, ANASTASIA AND MUCH MORE. NOW UPCOMING MOVIE DRAGONS LAIR BASED ON LASER DISC GAME.
JUST A FEW...ALL ARTISTS INSPIRE ME IN SOME FORM OR OTHER!
Q: What’s your proudest moment?
A: When I graduated school after having twins, my son and being a single mom. I felt like I could fly.
Q: IF YOU COULD DO A PORTRAIT OF ANYONE, WHO WOULD IT BE?
Q: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR?