To say that Getrost's work is beautiful, while true, would not be giving it enough credit. Her technique is on par with the old masters', and her reverence for her subjects, just as striking. Her nuanced understanding of otherwise mundane objects – a piece of fabric, a gesture, or a flower petal – may be informed by years of working in fashion, or perhaps, by wanderlust.
You come from a fashion background. How does that inform your work?
In a very literal sense, I'm particularly drawn to certain fabrics and the way they move, or fold, or reflect light. I enjoy capturing that ephemeral moment in a drawing or painting. I also have a strong pull and desire to be forward-thinking and welcome and embrace change.
How does your geography inform your work?
I feel most connected to my work when it comes from an inspired place rather than attempting to stimulate an idea or intellectualize something first. Those feelings are often directly associated with my surroundings. There are certain places on the map in which the natural landscape and human touch intertwine so beautifully. There's so much harmony when all aspects of an environment are considered. The act of travel and seeing new places in general is also important. That movement really creates momentum for me.
Do you have formal training in art?
Technically speaking, not really. I spent a couple of semesters in college taking various drawing and composition classes and really fell in love with figure drawing. I essentially applied everything I learned about drawing from life to my own practice. Beyond that, after I began oil painting, I enrolled in a workshop at the Florence Academy of Art. It was basically a crash course in learning the old master's method.
"There are certain places on the map in which the natural landscape and human touch intertwine so beautifully. There's so much harmony when all aspects of an environment are considered."
Please describe your optimal environment to create.
Definitely a large open room, with open windows and tons of natural light. No matter the project, I find the ability to freely roam and move around the piece while creating is rather essential. It feels like a dance.
Can you please share some of your inspirations or resources you pull from?
I like to keep current inspirations and resources close to my heart until I'm ready to share works publicly. My resources, however, will change depending on the specific projects I'm working on. With interior painting, for instance, I think having referenced and studied so many paintings and movements over the years ... it's as if all of these images are floating around in my mind and one just lands on a door or a wall! Film is often something that informs my work as well. As a kid, there was a time when I watched Wizard of Oz and Willy Wonka nearly every day. There's something about the creation of a whole little world that just lights me up.