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Creative Crush: An Interview with Doreen Stackhouse

This month, I’m introducing a feature called “Creative Crush” in which I interview inspiring and motivating creatives, artists, makers and crafters.

I’m privileged to introduce February’s Creative Crush, Doreen Stackhouse – who just so happens to also be my mother in law. Doreen’s work is influenced by natural materials and exudes a sense of well being and mindfulness. She lovingly gathers all of the driftwood, stones and shells used in her work herself. The fact that we live in the prairies should give some indication of the distance she will go on these creative pilgrimages.

Stacked Stones by Doreen Stackhouse

Stacked Stones by Doreen Stackhouse

What does being creative mean to you?

I believe everyone is creative in his or her own way. I express my creativity in many ways. Drawing, painting, and creating something from nature’s gifts. My drawings are a combination of aboriginal art , fantasy and zentangle. My paintings are all done on rocks. And my creating with nature’s gifts is building fairy houses, bird houses or working with driftwood in some form.

Driftwood and Stone Birdhouses by Doreen Stackhouse

Driftwood and Stone Birdhouses by Doreen Stackhouse

What inspires you?

Nature…I love the textures and designs of rocks, driftwood, seashells.

Do you have a creative ritual?

I wouldn’t so much as call it a ritual….more so an escape. When I am working on something I am able to be totally mindful and focus on what I am doing which is very relaxing almost in a meditative state.

What I do in order to get ideas and inspiration is print out or cut out pictures of designs, art, anything that catches my eye…and tape it in scrap books. I love going thru my scrapbooks over the years to see how my creativity has changed and grown.

Painted Stone Art by Doreen Stackhouse

Painted Stone Art by Doreen Stackhouse

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given ?

Create what you love…don’t worry about other people’s opinion. Create to please yourself.

What is your favourite quote?

“Art washes away the dust of everyday life.”  ~ Pablo Picasso

Zen Drawing by Doreen Stackhouse

Zen Drawing by Doreen Stackhouse

Do you have someone you would like to nominate for next month’s Creative Crush? I’d love to hear from you.

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