We had the good fortune of connecting with Onna Voellmer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Onna, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I’m originally from Washington State. I moved around, a lot, growing up; which, in combination with my love of Nature, made me think a lot about “place”. How place changes who we are, and how who we are, collectively, changes a place. These thoughts have become important elements in my work.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Arizona has so much to offer. Phoenix is changing faster than I can keep up with, but my current two favorite places to eat, drink, and watch the flow of people, are Paz Cantina, and Bliss Rebar, especially on a First Friday. Truth be told though, I’m not much of a city person, and would be more likely to grab some picnic snacks and take my visitors for a walk in the Superstition Mountains, or for a climb of Browns Peak.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
That’s a tough question, but first and foremost, I’d have to say, my mother. She was the first artist I knew. I grew up with art, sitting beside her while she painted. She was a traditional artist, painting landscapes in oils, and portraits in charcoal and pencil. She captured something of the world that always left me searching for more. Perhaps it was the serene quietness she captured. I don’t know, but having grown up with art in this way, it became my world lens, my first language really.