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If any of you follow me on any sort of social media, you might have already heard that I was featured by CanvasRebel earlier this year. WHAT?!?! I am STILL reeling about this. I never thought that I would get any spotlight when I started painting three years ago. Its been a whirlwind of a ride, and it’s only getting crazier and more exciting.
When I heard the news, I was thrilled. I couldn't believe that a magazine wanted to interview me! It was such a blessing.
The interview took place over email, as well as a personalized portal through hosted by the magazine's web page. In this case, my interviewer was based out of California while I was able to remain on my couch in Maryland. This made for a more relaxed interview and enabled me to really think about whlove using their articles which are an absolute hidden gem for burgeoning artists on how to incorporate both them and their artwork into the art community. With them being such a renown brand in the art world, I was beyond excited to get a feature on their "Artist Spotlight" section of their website
I was excited to be interviewed by CanvasRebel Magazine. I've always wanted my art and story to be shared with others, so this was a great opportunity for me! Many people who deem themselves as "non-creatives" ask me the same thing. "How on earth do you come up with your creations?". My answer is the same, I start with a concept and then I sketch it out. This sketch so important as is essentially what all artists do when they're creating something new: it's an outline, or a guide for them to follow.
Once I have my drawing done on paper, I use it as a reference for where I lay my paint. Watercolor is so interesting as you have to think backwards. Identifying the key areas to keep light and where to add in the dark contrasts is the most important part! After that i slowly build up layers of colors until I am usually satisfied with the end result. Its a journey, much like anything else!
The best thing about being an artist is the ability to express yourself. You can create something that is beautiful, or ugly, or funny, or sad--whatever you want! And if someone likes it enough to buy it from you, then they're happy with what they get too.
There are also plenty of other perks: when people ask me what I do for a living and I tell them "I'm an artist" (and not just any kind), their faces light up like Christmas trees! They always want more details about my work and how long I've been doing this kind of thing for (which isn't very long at all). It's so much fun talking about my art with others because there are no limits on what we can talk about--it could be anything from how much time goes into making each piece versus selling price; why did this medium work better than another one? What materials were used; where did inspiration come from?
It was a very fun interview and I'm excited to be one of CanvasRebel magazine's featured artists! The magazine is a great resource for artists, so if you're trying to figure out how to get your work out there or just want some inspiration, check it out! I'm also thrilled that I'll have the opportunity to share my work with other artists who are interested in creating their own masterpieces (or simply enjoy them).
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