It generally takes one to two years to create a North Light Fine Art book. That means that those of us who are North Light Books editors generally get to know our artist/authors pretty well. Or do we? To find out, we’ve begun sending authors little “Q+As” once their books come out. For this, our first Pastel Journal blog, I thought I’d share a little insider info with you. First up is Ann Kullberg.
Ann’s most recent North Light Book, Colored Pencil Secrets for Success: How to Critique and Improve Your Paintings was featured as one of Jen’s North Light Picks not too long ago. I spent a year (or more? I can’t remember now) working with Ann on this compilation book, and I can tell you she’s a delightful person who holds up like steel under pressure and aggressive deadlines. But what else? Here are a few factoids:
Hometown: Forest Grove, OR
Current residence: Federal Way, WA
Kids and/or pets? Both a daughter and a son, but no pets
Favorite food: My mom’s Lemon Pork Chops…yummmmmmm!
Favorite movie: Cool Hand Luke
Favorite website(s): Huffington Post
Favorite artist: Mary Cassatt
Favorite book (art instruction or other): To Kill a Mockingbird
First job ever: Picking strawberries every summer, starting at age 9!
Best job ever: Teaching colored pencil workshops
When did you know you wanted to be an artist? I’m not sure I ever did want to be one as much as it just seemed I was one, and I could choose to nurture those talents, or choose not to and pursue others.
Give us a taste of your latest project? Creating the first online colored pencil directory, listing hundreds of colored pencil websites, blogs, books, videos, etc.
What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve received? I didn’t actually receive this advice, but it is advice I could pass on, just the same. It’s never about the “big break.” It’s about all the baby steps that move you forward in your career inch by inch by inch.