Lake Michigan Storm by Elizabeth Mayville   

Lake Michigan Storm by Elizabeth Mayville


F&T: Name something you love, and why?

Coffee.  It's 6am and I've yet to have my first cup, so right now it seems like the most desirable thing in the world.  Along with the energy boost, it also manages to feel like a special treat, day after day, cup after cup.

F&T: One staple thing in your workspace?

My printer.  It's an Epson Stylus Pro 3880 and it allowed me to make my own high quality prints, which absolutely changed my business for the better.

F&T: What themes do you pursue?

I'm generally interested in my immediate surroundings.  My paintings usually consist of parts of my daily life, which is pretty quiet and somewhat orderly.  So, I suppose, I like to make quiet and somewhat orderly paintings of a woman's day-to-day life.

F&T: Any memorable responses you have had to your work?

Every once in a while someone will send me a photo of themselves with one of my hair prints and they happen to look identical.  It's always fun to see how excited they are to match the illustration.

F&T: A real-life situation that has inspired you?

Anytime I go into an art supply store I feel inspired.  There are just so many possibilities and so many different ways to make things.  It's the best!

F&T: Favourite motivational phrase?

I have a framed print over my desk that reads "Get your sh*t together," sometimes I need a little tough love.  If my mind starts to wander when I'm supposed to be working on a project I can just look up and get the kick in the pants that I need.

F&T: Last thing you doodled?

There is a severe lack of doodling in my life right now.  I've been feeling a bit stuck lately and I'm going to chalk it up to a doodle drought.  Perhaps I've been looking at my aforementioned motivation print too often.

F&T: Where do you see illustration going, in the future?

Gosh, I have no idea.  The great thing about working as an illustrator right now is that its easier than ever to find an audience for your work, which means illustrators can sort of do whatever they want.  Maybe I lack vision, but I don't know how to improve on that.  Everything is wide open.

Grandma and Papa by Elizabeth Mayville

Grandma and Papa by Elizabeth Mayville

Walk in the woods by Elizabeth Mayville

Walk in the woods by Elizabeth Mayville

F&T: Any tips for newbies on how to develop their own style?

Just keep drawing/painting/what-have-you.  Illustrate things that are important to you over and over again and eventually your voice will emerge.

F&T: Whose work do you admire, past or present?

I'm super into Bill Peet right now.  I remember reading his illustrated books when I was little and now I'm reading those same, tattered books to my son daily.  The drawings are so loose and simple and skillful.

My Son by Elizabeth Mayville

My Son by Elizabeth Mayville

All images belong to Elizabeth Mayville