Today's visit is to another fabulous San Francisco-based artist, Mati McDonough, otherwise known as Mati Rose. Mati shares a studio space in what she calls a compound behind her home with her talented husband and illustrator Hugh D'Andrade, as well as a few other artist friends. Mati says she is "an adult who paints like a child. It has taken her 32 years, 2 schools, and approximately 486 paintings to get to this point." It's a very nice point to be at if you ask me. Sometimes being adult and following your dreams, requires forgetting you're an adult for a little bit, right? Mati's has had numerous shows and has published several illustrations. Let's see what's on Mati's mind today.
Have you attended art school, or is your talent just natural?
I studied painting and illustration at the California College of the Arts (CCA).
A small notebook to sketch and scrawl ideas. Currently I'm carrying this beautiful one illustrated by one of my illustration heroes Grady McFerrin. Also I'm big into chapstick/lip gloss...currently loving Tarte organized by days of the week!
What is your favorite film?
What's your favorite shop?
I spend a lot of time browsing Therapy in my neighborhood, the Mission. A great clothing, book and card shop for men & women. Once I got a gift certificate from my mother-in-law from the shop (she's the bees knees) and everyone around me looked puzzled when I announced at Christmas that I got a gift certificate to Therapy! I also love the Mission Thrift. We have a good relationship of give and take.
What's souvenir did you bring back from your last trip?
My last trip was to Maine & Vermont and I brought back an incredible book from an antique store that has been fueling my paintings ever since! It's about early American Folk Art. I love the paper cut outs and awkward animal silhouettes drawn during that time.
The Great Gatsby — I read it for the first time last month!
What's your greatest indulgence?
Thrice weekly mochas and phone calls to my best friend since childhood Bekah, who is not only a public interest lawyer, but makes beautiful hand sautered jewelry.
What's your favorite cafe in San Francisco?
What do you despise?
What's one thing about you that would surprise people?
Hmmm....I drink a ridiculous amount of tea and don't drive or swim well.
What are some of your favorites websites/blogs to visit?
Besides yours, I'm really digging my friend Christine's new inspiration blog: Sparkletopia. Another blog inspiration and indulgence would be fashion blogs... I love The Satorialist and then random ones of random woman in random places wearing cute dresses that randomly inspire me to dress up creatively! Mostly I read blogs written by artists and friends. I feel lucky to have met so many of them since blogging. Two artists and bloggers whom I am constantly inspired by and hope to meet someday soon are Andrea of Hula Seventy and Jenny of True Nature.
What's your favorite word?
What is your idea of living hell?
Being trapped in a cubicle answering phones. Oh, I've been there before and it was not pretty.
Thanks so much Mati for allowing us to visit your studio, your beautiful work and home! You can shop for Mati's lovely artwork at her etsy Suspect Shoppe and read more about her upcoming shows on her website and blog.