The December edition of Austin art mag Almost Real Things features Hays art teacher Marcie Dodd, ranking her #2 in their the top ten artists to watch in Austin.
As a photo student of Dodd’s I was able to sit down with her and ask some questions and discuss her career as teacher and artist.
– In typical artist style, it’s hard to be in the spotlight, but it also fills me with a ton of pride.
How long have you been creating art?
– All my life! I remember being in 5th grade and designing a poster for something in class and having my teacher tell me she thought I’d be an artist one day. I’ve known I wanted to be an artist since middle school.
When did you enter your first art show or get recognized for your art?
– In high school. I had an art teacher who encouraged my passion. I actually still have an award that she gave me on my pin board in my classroom as a reminder of where I started.
How did that make you feel?
When did you realize that you wanted to create art as a career?
– In high school. I wasn’t sure how to do that at first. My counselor in high school wasn’t knowledgeable about art school. I have had to forge my own path. It’s been hard but rewarding.
What type of media do you use?
– I am a mixed media artist, which means I use a variety of mediums to create cohesive pieces. The mediums I use most frequently are alcohol ink, spray paint, photo transfer, acrylic paint, charcoal, pastels, collage and paint pens.
What is your favorite technique?
– I probably use photo transfer most often
When did you decide you wanted to teach others how to create art?
– It’s always something I have wanted to do. I think art is the best kind of therapy. My goal in teaching is to be the adult I needed when I was in high school. Hopefully I can make a small difference in someone’s life.
Do you have any shows coming up?
– None on the books yet, but I have a few exhibit proposals out that I am waiting to hear on.
If you would like to view her art or purchase it, go to Dodd’s Instagram and follow to keep up with her and her new pieces.