Favorite movie: If I HAD to pick, I'd pick My Fair Lady. Every part of it – story, dialogue, acting, set, and music – is so perfectly crafted, but together? I always feel like it cast a spell.
Lost count of how many times she's watched: The Quiet Man
Actor that always makes her LOL: Bill Murray
Makes her cry every time: Dances with Wolves
Well, my mother thinks I've always been a talented artist, but probably not. I did have the weird combination of a lot of independence, a lot of discipline, and unusual experiences as a kid.
I think it added up to a way of listening to the world and being very aware of its stories. Being enchanted by its stories. After that, I just found ways to re-create them.
Writing is my favorite artistic medium. Writing still teaches me to look at what seems unexceptional and mine it for its wonder. It makes me see any situation from another's point of view and listen to not just what characters say, but what they could say. Change one word and the story can change. I'm so grateful for that, for the non-stop practice of empathy.
Oh. And watercolor. That's my favorite medium for painting.
Rodin is one of my favorite artists. I love Rodin. El Greco. And Picasso. One of my favorite pieces is Joseph Cornell's Setting for a Fairy Tale – not because of the artwork, but because of how it set my imagination in motion.
That's my favorite thing about art – its power to stir things up.
My brother is also one of my favorite artists; his world view and generosity have been so influential.
We'd like to share a moment of warm fuzzies. Exchanging emails with Cris throughout this process was a genuine delight. Here's a bit from the last message she sent that captures what a joy it's been to work with her:
And, finally, although sad is a good word, so is grateful. I really am. You've been so kind to the tiny monsters. I had customers recently who bought quite a few of my originals and they were from Netflix-land. It was gratifying to be able to tell them what a good, good experience it's been to play with you.
Here are some of Cris's favorite selections of artwork from her portfolio. Check out her website at www.scaryfairyfactory.com.