Artist Interview: Felice Willat

Artist Name:  Felice Willat

Discipline: Photographer
Location:       Santa Barbara, Californi

Q.  What is your current state of mind?
A. Optimistic, curious, engaged, passionate, compassionate, trusting

Q.  What is your greatest fear?
A.  Accidents & tragedy for my children

Q.  Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
A.  Amazing

Q.  When and where were you happiest?
A.    Early days of Day Runner, Honeymoon phases of my relationships, NOW

Q.  Which talent would you most like to have?
A.   Writing

Q.  If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
A. Self-Discipline

Q.  What do you consider your greatest achievement?
A.  The Day Runner

Q.  What is your most treasured possession?
A.   My home and all of its treasures including my collection of Soul Collage Cards

Q.  What is your greatest regret?
A.   My lack of discipline


Q.  What is your motto?
A.   “Perhaps the chaos so many of us feel isn’t a problem but an opening, a door onto a new relationship with time, where only half our task is getting life to do what we want it to do.  The other half is discovering where life itself wants us to go.”  ~   Marjorie Kelly

Q.  What makes you uniquely you as an artist and person?
A.  My openness, curiosity and trust

Q.  What 5 words would you use to describe your artwork?
A.   Life-Scapes – Zen of the Land

Q.  What superpower would you have and why?
A.  Ability to clear my body of inflammation, so I can have less pain and more energy.

Q.  What is your dream project?
A.   Write a memoir with photographs

Q.  What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
A.   It’s not all about you.

Q.  What wouldn’t you do without?
A.  My iPhone, my camera, my girls, my grandson, my soaking tub.

Q.  Where do you find your ‘safe’?
A.   In my soaking tub in my upper sanctuary.

Q.  If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and Why?
A.  Any of the large cats – I am part cat.

Q.  Describe your favorite color to somebody who is blind.
A. The color of the warm autumn sun.

Q.  What was your most memorable a-ha! art moment?
A.   There are a few shots I knew were winners when I clicked the shutter – Molokai Maidens, Water Bearer, Climbing Cardinals, California Grasses…

Q.  Tell us about your current body of work?
A.  California Grasses on a recent road trip when all else failed.

Q.  How has your style and practice changed over the years?
A.  I take far fewer photos – I don’t shoot unless the moment is right.

Q. Where do you see yourself going from here forward in your artistic explorations?
A.    More artistic photographs – alternative modes of printing and blending art and photography.


Artist Bio or Statement

Felice Willat is an award-winning travel photographer and publisher, whose images from around the world, the United States and at home in California capture the beauty of the human landscape across cultures.  Willat’s photographs have been juried into the Los Angeles Center for Photography, Photo LA, Photo Independent, TAG Gallery, the Brand Library, and numerous other venues across the United States and in London, UK and Italy. In 2015 Felice won First Prize with “Molokai Maidens” in the LarkGallery competition “Solar Spectrum´- Juror – Tony Clark, Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Artset des Lettres, Member of the Board of American Association of Museum Directors. In 2014, Felice‘s image “Climbing Cardinals” won Best in Show at Captured 2, the second annual Photography Competition at the Santa Barbara Tennis Club. Juror, Henry Rasmussen, founder and past publisher, editor and art director of B&W Magazine.

2010, Felice won First Prize, for her Travel images in the Southern California Council of Camera Clubs’ annual juried exhibition. In 2009 Felice published The Quiet Between, Song of Burma, a book of photography and poems.

Felice sees her camera as providing a sense of time expansion and stillness. She says, “I could capture a moment, something sacred or commonplace, an unconscious gesture, a tattered clothesline, a red plastic pitcher, or a worn prayer book. I like to leave the familiar, travel to far-away places, and find the gift of really being present.”


Title: Molokai Maidens
Size:   20”x13”
Medium: Photography
Year made: 2015


Title: Climbing Cardinals
Size: 20”x 13”
Medium: Photography
Year Made: 2008


Title: California Grasses 2
Size:   20”x13”
Medium: Photography
Year made: 2017