Stacy’s art makes me smile and often times it makes me laugh. Her wit and wry humor is paramount in her work. I have never met a woman with such a quirky and refreshing point of view. I am lucky to know her. Her fine art and her commercial art are equally wonderful. I have three Stacy Milrany pieces in my office, I think everyone needs a Stacy Milrany office, it makes doing the work easier!
If you could invite three women to a dinner party, who would they be?
We have a lot of food so there’ll be 7 of us! Jane Goodall, Oprah, Madonna, Julia Child, Ella Fitzgerald, Louise Bourgeois.
Where do you gather inspiration?
On a good day, I try to find inspiration anywhere and everywhere. For me it’s about making the decision to look for it. I find human behavior is fascinating. So I do a lot of people watching and people listening. Artists, inventors, creators of all kinds inspire me. And all those people who live artful lives—like those attending my dinner party mentioned above and so many more. I also seek to find the interesting in the mundane. There can be so much beauty in the ordinary. A few years ago I did a watercolor series called “Things I find in my pockets.” It was an effort to slow down and take a careful look around—to find the beauty in things like a torn up Chuckit ball and the light on the edge of a wrinkled gum wrapper.
What is something people might not know about you?
Tonya Harding and I had the same skating coach when I was a kid. And I fought forest fires all over the Pacific Northwest right after undergrad.
What is something you’re most proud of?
I’m proud and amazed to have such an inspiring group of women to call friends. The love, support, honesty, inspiration, laughter, wisdom, generosity, and beautiful ridiculousness from this group is also one of the things I’m most grateful for.
What advice would you impart on a young woman looking to get into this industry?
It’s said beautifully by the late Rev. Howard Thurman—“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive.”
What was your dream job as a kid?
Artist, talk show host and professional ice skater. At 9, I was certain I could be all three at once.
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