After discovering Minneapolis-based mixed-media artist Stephanie Dillon on Instagram, Hollie Blanchard and Kelly Netishen of Art Girls instantly knew they had discovered their new favorite creative. Here, the founders of the art concierge firm get candid with Dillon, inquiring where she draws inspiration from, how the pandemic has affected her creativity and why she refrains from naming any of the work she creates.
Are you a morning person or night owl?
I am definitely a morning person.
Do you have a favorite place to travel to?
What’s one thing you would tell your 20-year-old self?
Sober up. It’s my only regret.
Are you named after anyone?
My mom and dad had a huge argument in the hospital because my mom wanted to name me after Jo from Little Women. My dad said no. So I’m Stephanie Jo.
In one sentence, who is Stephanie Dillion?
I am the very best and worst of human nature.
What is your favorite comfort food?
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Of art? By all means.
Do you have a love affair with one single artist’s work?
Where do you draw inspiration from?
From everything. I’m inspired by everything. Art is everywhere.
Red or nude lip?
How did you launch Citizen T?
By the good grace of people much younger than me.
Can you explain your brilliant reasoning for not naming the works you create?
I feel that the art speaks differently to each individual person, and that person should name the art.
Did you find yourself feeling more or less creative during quarantine?
I painted more and have painted very different pieces.
Where does your passion for philanthropy stem from?
Are you a cat or dog person?
We love that you support women-owned businesses. How did you gain such wisdom in the business world?
I am a woman. How can I not support other women?
What is a staple in your closet?