Alberta Hutchinson has been an artist for many years, and publishes coloring books through Dover, as well as her own imprint (Hand Made Books.) She doesn’t use or own a computer, so we had to send the interview questions to a friend’s email account. Alberta then wrote out her answers and mailed them to Dover, where they were transcribed back into the computer so I could get them in email! Where there’s a will, there’s a way! LOL
Art comes as a gift from the heart. You see something in your inner vision and you obey and try to set it down.
– Alberta Hutchinson
Q: What inspired you to start creating art for coloring books?
Alberta: I’ve been drawing and coloring and making my own little books with stories and pictures since I was a child. I was doing portraits practically since kindergarten.
Q: How long have you been drawing?
Alberta: As soon as I could hold a pencil or a crayon.
Q: Do you work entirely digitally, or do you prefer pen and paper when creating?
Alberta: I know NOTHING about computer stuff. UGH!! And I don’t want to. (Editor’s Note: Alberta’s interview was actually handwritten.)
Q: Do you make/sell other kinds of art?
Alberta: Yes. I make all kinds of art, but I only sell when I want to. I’d rather give pieces away. I did work for many years as a paid commercial artist doing illustrations, posters, album covers, etc. Anything that was required.
Q: When coloring your own art, what is your favorite medium?
Alberta: I enjoy all mediums but prefer fine tipped pens and colored pencils.
Q: What color or colors do you most love to work with?
Alberta: All colors are SACRED and DIVINE.
Q: Tell us a little bit about your art. Do you have a favorite piece that you created?
Alberta: Art comes as a gift from the heart. You see something in your inner vision and you obey and try to set it down. It’s the biggest thrill – addictive even. It teaches you love and depth and respect and awe and sometimes makes you sob and cry!
Q: Other than creating coloring book art, what interesting hobbies or activities do you enjoy?
Alberta: I enjoy playing piano, singing, folk guitar like old hippy Joan Baez type of stuff. I did gigs when I was younger.
Q: Have you had any memorable responses to your art work from collectors?
Alberta: Sure – all my life.
Q: If you had to choose one superpower, what would it be?
Alberta: To heal the planet. Bring love, peace and sharing to all mankind and all beloved animals and life forms. One family together evolving.
Q: Who is your favorite artist?
Alberta: Arthur Rackham, Michaelangelo. There are a zillion others.
Q: Is there some person, place or thing that inspires you when you are creating your art?
Alberta: Ghandi, Buddha, Mahavira, Mother Theresa, My mother and father, anything beautiful, pure, innocent, sweet, musical, happy, brave, strong. Basic kindness to all life forms. AND TREES – they make me cry. Certain air temperatures and scents. Colors and Shapes are my “art” Temple consciousness. This world is sacred in form. Energy and living, breathing mother/father originator eternal home.
Some of Alberta’s coloring books: (All her books on Amazon)
- Mystical Mandala (Dover)
- More Mystical Mandalas (Dover)
- Mandalas – 3-D Coloring Book (Dover)
- Creative Haven Square Mandalas (Dover) [Read my review]
- Creative Haven Lotus Designs (Dover)
- Infinite Coloring Mandala Designs CD and Book (Dover, with Martha Bartfeld)
- Mandala Designs No. 1 (Home Made Books)
- Mandala Designs No. 2 (Home Made Books)
- Fantasy Flowers No. 1 (Home Made Books)
- Fantasy Flowers No. 2 (Home Made Books)