123 - Artist by default with Dulcie Foo Fat


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I’m your host Tucker and this week is an interview with painter Dulcie Foo Fat. 

As I’ve mentioned I work at a large communications company in Canada. The building I work in is filled with art. I’m talking fiiiiilled with art. The company has it’s own art curator on staff and every piece is lit and presented lovingly. Each meeting room is named after, and contains art from, an artist. The room we use most days is called the Foo Fat room. Inside the room and in the halls around the room are incredibly detailed yet somehow surreal paintings of what I’ve since learned are called groundscapes. I did a little research and found that the artist actually lives and still works in Calgary. My original idea was that I would invite her to her meeting room and do an interview but she invited me to her studio. Why would I turn that opportunity down? 

Because it was in her studio I got the opportunity to see some work in progress and she showed me some of her reference photos and the grid system she uses to do her intricate work. She was gracious enough let me take a few photos so I could share them with you all. You can find them at the shownotes page at TheSparkAndTheArt.com/123 and you can see some of her work at her website DulcieFooFat.com (spell it out). Also, because it was in her studio I got to meet her cat. You also get to meet her because she nosed the recorder over at one point and was also ushered out of the room but returned again. It’s a very adventure filled episode. 

In our conversation we talk about how she became an artist by default even though she was aiming to get into education. We talk about how crumbs of encouragement are all it takes to find a path. We talk about the importance having a supportive husband played in her success and at the end we talk about her daughters who I will most likely be also inviting on the podcast. 

So that’s enough of the intro ‘cause I’m sure you’ll enjoy today’s chat with Dulcie Foo Fat. 

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- Links for this episode -

Dulcie Foo Fat - http://dulciefoofat.com/

https://exshaw.ca/

http://www.calgary.ca/

http://www.cbc.ca/news/thenational

http://www.juilliard.edu/

http://music.yale.edu/

http://www.umontreal.ca/english/

http://arcadefire.com/site/

https://www.banffcentre.ca/

http://www.raleigh-sound.com/new-album/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dudes

https://dojoworkhorse.bandcamp.com/