Cathy Labudak is an American photo artist whose work covers a wide range of artistic styles from the humorous to traditional works.

What is the best thing about being an artist?

My goal is to either make people smile or think. I am recently retired and it is a complete joy for me to be able to get up every day and create art. I am constantly learning new techniques and it’s great fun! I’m always amazed at the little happy accidents that pop up while I am bringing different elements, colors, or backgrounds into a piece that gives it just the right feel.

Every piece evolves on its own and I just take it where it wants to go.

What were you interested in when you were a child and how did that lead you down the path to where you are now?

I began drawing very early in grade school. I discovered that I could take a photograph and reproduce it accurately with a pencil. I took art classes in high school then photography and photoshop class in college. I sold quite a few pencil portraits in my 30s and 40s but the love of photoshop with its speed and ability to create more complex artwork won me over.

Please tell us about the digital artwork, “The Conundrum”, featured in your 1st image:

The first picture’s main characters are courtesy of Engin Akyurt, a very impressive photographer, on Pexels. All the other photos used were from either Pexels or Pixabay which are my main sources for images. I wanted to convey how convoluted an important decision can be at certain times in our lives. The water and fire suggest opposite solutions and the darkness suggests indecision. The art piece took me about 3 days to complete.

What are your favorite tools that you use to create your work?

Photoshop, Topaz Studio, my iMac, and my Ipad.

What are your favorite ways or places to find inspiration?

Just spending hours looking at photographs and artwork on Flickr or the internet always sparks my imagination. I routinely compete in various Flickr group challenges that always have either a theme or starting images to get the ball rolling for ideas.

Which part of the world do you live and what do you like about it?

I live in the USA in southern California which is paradise on earth!

If you had a quote, proverb or a mantra printed on your shirt what would it say?

"Not of This World”

Are there any particular artists, people, or paintings that have greatly influenced or inspired you in your life or work?

Van Gogh, Rene Magritte, and Norman Rockwell.

Where can people find out more about what you do and what’s the best way to get in touch?

My Flickr page:

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