A Whimsical Facade | Interview @expressionabbey 20K
I wanted to start an interview series that would:
- Help me understand the life of an artist.
- Help our customers learn from artists with a distinct style.
- Allow the artist to express themselves in an unfamiliar light.
Here is the first of 5 interviews.
Meet Karina Gonzalez!
Karina is a 31 year old painter based out of San Diego, California.
Her paintings on instagram are truly one of a kind and captured my heart and mind.
I wanted to get to know her and her art a little better knowing readers would benefit from from the interview. Enjoy!
From nature and my feelings. Some of my favorite things to paint are sunsets, stars and mountains because, just the mere act of looking at them brings me happiness and wonder. I have suffered from slight depression on and off for years. You see, I kept this secret for most of my life. I rarely felt happy ever since I was a teenager. When I feel happy it is such a treat and I think this is why I choose to paint vibrant and whimsical pieces.
"I mostly paint for myself and not to sell but, I have sold through direct messages on my Instagram. I also have a shop on my website ExpressionAbbey.com where I stock pieces periodically. My main source of revenue from my art is from my classes on Skillshare."
- The hardest thing is being self taught and figuring out certain questions cannot be answered by a simple internet search.
- In the beginning it’s good to copy from other artists, but add something from your imagination or a different style to the piece and soon enough you'll develop your own artistic style.
- Use masking tape and find a nice 3/4" stroke brush to work with.
- If people repost your art on instagram, take it as a compliment. "I remember someone decided to post one art piece of mine to their Instagram account without crediting me. It had happened a few times before and I was a bit annoyed. Then thought - If people are taking the time to use my art to try and get likes, then it must mean it's good.