The month of March should always be called "March Monsters" and to celebrate that new fact we have Tomonster aka Tomoko. Here's an interview with her on her upcoming solo show at Schmancy from March 13-April 8, 2010.
Schmancy: How long have you been painting?
Tomoko: I've been drawing all my life. I always love drawing and painting. I started painting seriously about 6 or 7 years ago. I was painting for fun and people like them! So I was like "WOW! Really? That's awesome!!"
Schmancy: That always seems like the best way to start! You create so many interesting characters, where do you get your inspirations for them?
Tomoko: Most of them are from all the cartoon I watched when I was little. I'm from Japan originally, so I watched lots of Japanese cartoons. Also they played lots of European cartoons also like Barba papa and Mooming Troll, etc... I just love creepy but cute and funny monsters! They just make me smile!
Schmancy: We like the monsters too! So, where is your most favorite place to travel, and why?
Tomoko: I've been to some places, but my favorite place was Morocco. I think it's so foreign to me and everything I saw was amazing and very very foreign. It was so much fun! Also Barcelona, Spain was amazing. They are so much art and they have great food!
Schmancy: Yum! My mouth is watering...so what is your favorite food?
Tomoko: I love any kind of food!!!! I love eating!!! haha. But in the end, I always go back to Japanese food. :)
Schmancy: Tradition is hard to break!! Since its 'March Monster Month' and I guess there's also another holiday...do you celebrate St. Patricks Day with green beer?
Tomoko: Well, I don't have any Irish blood in me and I don't drink, so uh, no.... but I'm all for Green drinks and green food! I didn't even know about St. Patricks day till I came to Seattle!
Schmancy: Well we hope some of the Irish luck will rub off on all of us! Do you have any upcoming shows or exciting news you would like to share with us?
Tomoko: My new cards from new paintings are printing process right now! Also I will have a gallery showing with other artists in May, June, July at Oasis Gallery in Wallingford! Also in August, I have a solo show at Portage Bay in Fremont!
Schmancy: Wow! That's great! Thanks for taking the time to talk with us...All of you loyal (and new) Tomonster fans please stop by Schmancy between March 13-April 8 to see her amazing work and really funny characters. Until next time...xo