About the artist
Constance Fein Harding is part Dutch, part Belgian. Her early years were spent moving from one place to the other, every 3 or 4 years. She now lives in beautiful Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, with my Kiwi husband. She has four children (twins in the mix). Constance found there was a void to fill, once her children had left home, so she took up photography.
Still lifes and textures
Many of Constance’s works are of a classic style, inspired by the Old Masters and are often dark and moody. She mainly concentrates on capturing old buildings and still lifes but also enjoys classical impressionism – especially when she is at the beach. “I don’t know what it is about the beach that screams impressionism.” She says. Constance mainly uses the intentional camera movement (ICM) method to create her images; adding her textures to most of her works. She finds the textures can simply enhance an image, or transform it into something more; at the same time bringing all the elements together to create a painterly image. She also likes to inject a bit of humour into some of her works. Constance doesn’t think she has a set style as yet and is still experimenting. She lets her work guide her to what can sometimes be a surprise ending.
How did you first get into digital art?
I first saw textured photography on Flickr. I didn’t think too much about it until I realised that more often than not it was the textured images I was clicking on. So I started looking into the method of texturing and have been loving the experience ever since.
Why did you choose digital art as your medium?
I can’t say I chose it. It was a process that started when I picked up a camera, and it just took me on this journey. And for someone who found it a challenge to draw a stick-man, it was a thrill to see I was able to create painterly images.
What artistic styles are you particularly drawn to?
Classic and Impressionism.
What inspires you?
People walking their dogs on the beach, old buildings, finding a particularly shapely pear in the fruit stand, art museums, other people’s works, the list is endless!
Of all your images to date, which is your favourite and why?
I think my favourite is the one titled Somewhere to set your thoughts free so you can work on your dreams [featured above]. I love the beach and, to me, this image epitomises the serenity you can find on the beach. And everything just fell into place with this image: the subject; just the right amount of camera movement to create that painterly effect and the texture to bring it all together.
Name three artists who inspire you.
How do you think you’ve improved as an artist compared to when you first started?
I have at least one usable image out of 10 instead of 100 (or more) – but who’s counting?
What advice would you give yourself if you could go back to when you started making art?
Slow down, take it in, and learn more. I consider myself still at the beginning of my journey and have yet to heed my own advice.
What devices/equipment do you use to create your art?
Canon 5D Mark III, several Canon lenses, Mac Laptop.
Which apps/programs do you use to create your art and which are your favourites?
Lightroom, Photoshop, Nik Collection – especially Analog; they are all my favourites. Each one has its uses.
Do you use images from stock sites as well as your own photos and if so, which are your favourites and why?
No. I prefer my art to be all my work, even though there are some gorgeous textures out there that I would love to use!
And finally, do you find that digital art is often dismissed as a valid art form?
Sadly, yes. I think it is becoming much less so and there are many others that accept it as an art form. Like most artistic movements, it takes time for people to accept new ways. I like that I am part of this movement! I also love that digital photography and the art it allows you to create is so much more accessible to people and is opening up a whole new world for them, especially for those who find drawing a stick-man a challenge.
Where to find Constance’s work online.
Thank you so much for doing this interview, Constance!