I'm a full time studio artist in Rochester, NY USA. My studio is located above the Rochester Contemporary Art Center. It's a nice place to have a studio because it's really quiet here and it's right near a bunch of coffee shops and other places. I like that because if I want to take a break, I can go get coffee or tea and I usually bump into someone I know and talk for a little while. I am single and I don't have any pets at the moment but I would love to own a giant dog.
2. How did you get started in the illustration/art field?
I have always been drawing ever since I was little. One of my favorite things to do was to draw in coloring books. I took studio art classes at the University of Rochester when I was there and started painting more and more and on larger and larger canvases. I kind of just feel like I've always been drawing & painting.
3. What path led you to develop your unique and wonderful style?
I'm very interested in color. I don't exclude any colors from my palette. I don't use every color in every artwork, but I am very particular about my choice of colors for each painting. I've done a lot of experimenting with color.
4.Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I pretty much just create things. Lol. Being an artist takes up basically all of my time. Sometimes I go ice skating. I don't actually have a lot of free time, so luckily I really enjoy being an artist. I've worked many many different full time & part time jobs to get to this point in my life.
5. What was the greatest piece of advice you received in regard to your art?
I'd say the best piece of advice I ever received was when one of my painting professors at the Museum School just looked at me one day in class and said "Rina! Never stop painting."
6.Any advice for others who are pursuing creative goals?
My advice is to just keep doing what it takes to get yourself to a point that you are satisfied with. You have to take it one step at a time and you are going to encounter problems. How you manage getting past the problems is very important. Your success is probably not going to happen the way that you expect it to. Get to know other creative people! Talk to them about what they've been through. Get involved in some collaborative projects! Most importantly, take your time and figure out exactly what you want to do before you start something.
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Rina & Laura :)