Artist Behind the Art: Andrea Caldarise & Rebecca Jacob

Get to know member artists Andrea Caldarise & Rebecca Jacob, in the studio and beyond. We asked about their process, interests, hidden talents, and — dare we say — favorite animals! 

Andrea Caldarise in her home studio
ft. Deli the pug

Rebecca Jacob

 

What are your studio rituals?

Caldarise: Keeping a daily drawing-thought journal, and I like to do small collages from pieces of paper I find along the way. It jump starts the studio day.

Jacob: That’s top secret information.


What’s something bizarre most people don’t know about you?

Caldarise: Strangers often feel the urge to confide in me. This happens frequently and I always listen to the very end, or to my subway stop- whichever comes first.  

Jacob: I am a closet poet.

 

What color do you think you speak in?

Caldarise: Teal and variations of phthalo blue.

Jacob: Blue. Blue is commonly associated with harmony, faithfulness, confidence, distance, infinity, the imagination, cold, and sometimes with sadness…pretty much the gamut of how I feel about my work.


What’s your least favorite medium?

Caldarise: It used to be acrylic, but then we became friends last year. We’re at a mutual understanding point- he knows that oil is my soul mate, but steps in when needed. Now my least favorite medium is colored pencils.

Jacob: Acrylic. I used it in art school and loathed it. The smell, the texture and it comes across as hard.

 

Favorite Philly coffee shop?

Caldarise: Rocket Cat was my favorite, but ReAnimator is next best. 

Jacob: The original La Colombe on Rittenhouse Square.

 

Parakeets or sugar gliders?

Caldarise: Sugar gliders.   

Jacob: Neither.

 

What’s the most important thing for an artist to do?

Calarise: Conquer the fear of the white paper, and even if you’re not showing work, you’re still participating in the creative part of yourself if you’re making.

Jacob: Be true to your inner voice.

 

Thanks to both artists for participating.  Be on the lookout for more interviews with our members artists!

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