Being a full time artist takes hard work, lots of letdowns, feeling vulnerable and sacrifice but the reward far outweighs the bullshit.
I am an award winning artist residing in the Bay Area, California. I create mixed media paintings working primarily with acrylic and collage.
I see my work as sort of a parallel world, where bits and pieces of this one recombine into scenes that are both familiar and strange. My work combines still life, landscape and figure painting into these surreal narrative vignettes. I pull my subject matter from my neighborhood walks and my hikes, from found objects and from the people around me.
I am a figurative sculptor, mostly working in mixed media and ceramics. The fantasy and horror genres are my playground. Maybe my style is dark comic impressionist unrealism, but probably not because I have no idea what I’m talking about.
The multitalented artist Francisco Ramirez is our current artist in residence. We are thrilled to have him as our featured artist interview for this month.
I’m curious about that spark of recognition we feel when there’s some truth we connect to in art. Sometimes I start with a photo or a thing and I learn about it as I go; sometimes I start with a concept and figure out how to find it in the world.
I am fascinated by the universality of human emotions and subconscious urges across the infinitely varied collections of unique existences. These distinctly human experiences are what make humankind a single entity, what gives us the ability to be a compassionate species, and frankly, gives me hope for human kind*.
Create because you must. Create because you love the process and eventually the outcome. Invest in yourself, challenge yourself, and keep learning every day with a growth mindset that you will improve if you keep working at your craft. Strive to find the uniqueness in your ideating.
Doing computer-generated art is a bit like being a genetic engineer and a gardener at the same time. The challenge is to surrender enough control in engineer mode so that lots of interesting species grow that I could never have predicted in advance, but then to be fairly ruthless in gardener mode about pulling the weeds, pruning scraggly branches, and keeping things in reasonably organized beds.
Holly Van Hart is an award-winning artist who creates beautiful large scale abstract nature paintings. Her work surprises with uncommon colors, brush strokes and textures; and ignites excitement about a particular slice of nature.