Interview with Tessa Hulls

Tessa Hulls is a big fan of all kinds folcloric – which you can see if you take only one simple look at her work. She usually lives in Seattle, USA, but is currently riding her bike across the country, looking for inspiration.

For our interview she stopped cycling for a minute and told us about her work, her favourite artists and her passion for chocolate milkshakes.

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Why and when did you start making art?
I’ve always made art! I grew up in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere, and my sketchbook was always my best friend.

What kind of art do you make?
I work in gouache on paper and create paintings that draw heavily from themes of folklore and memory.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Eastern European folklore, textile design, tribal costumes, fairytales, wanderlust.

What does your usual workday look like?

These days it’s a little crazy because I’m riding my bike 3,000 miles across the United States! I wake up at sunrise and bike about 80 miles, and then set up my tent and draw in my one little sketchbook before I go to bed. When I’m not traveling, I wake up pretty early and ride my bike to my studio and paint for most of the day while listening to books on tape, and then go home to cook dinner.

How do you spend a perfect sunday?
I’d cook a big breakfast for all my friends, and then we’d all go drink mint juleps and play croquet in the park.

What is your favourite taste of chocolate?
Chocolate milkshakes!

Show me your favourite artwork (from your own collection or another artist)
Stacey Rozich!

Whom should we interview next?
Stacey Rozich!

If you could have coffee with a famous artist – dead or alive – whom would you choose?
Frida Kahlo

What is your philosophy of life?
Make art, wander with conviction, and feed everyone I encounter.

Thank you, Tessa!