How did you come to paint one of the Rainy Day Brush Off barrels?
Jason Scott from the Water Quality Forum e-mailed me because he thought my work—I do mostly acrylics, incorporating found objects—would translate well for this project.
What was your inspiration for the butterfly design?
I have incorporated butterflies and birds in my past work. I thought these would make a bold and colorful statement for a home garden.
Is your rain barrel at home that pretty?
Oops. I don’t have one yet. Ask me again after bidding. [The rain barrels are auctioned to raise money for the WQF’s conservation and education programs.]
Thirty artistic rain barrels are on display at the Knoxville Museum of Art. Do you ever sneak over there in disguise to see what people say about your rain barrel?
I haven’t yet, but I might try.
What happens if your barrel collects the most votes?
I win a hybrid. No, not really. I have no idea what happens. That’s the beauty of this project, though. I already feel like I won by having this opportunity to help out a great cause and showcase my art at the same time.
Whose would you vote for?
Well, I think you can guess who I voted for. But I also really loved “Ophelia,” “Raindrop Peacock,” and “Moisture Eternal.” All 30 are so incredible though. It’s really a tough decision.
Would you use collected rain water to water plants? Wash your hair? Make ice cubes?
I would definitely use it for plants. Maybe even hair or ice... is that what White Rain shampoo is made out of?