01/30/2015 04:57PM ● Published by Style
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Gallery: Artist Adrianna Valencia – The Arts Feb. 2015 [9 Images] Click any image to expand.
AB: How and why did you start making art?AV: This sounds a little cliché, but I’ve loved art since I was a little girl; I’d draw all the time when I was young, but it sort of fizzled out as I became more focused on school. In high school, I enrolled in a few basic art classes and was immensely lucky to be taught by such a fantastic artist and teacher (Myron Stephens). His classes gave me a chance to explore various media without fear, and he gave me the tools to paint and draw what I saw. It reaffirmed my love of creating in the most basic sense, and I was so excited to finally have the techniques to be able to translate what I envisioned onto canvas.
AB: Your style has been described as realist with surrealist influences. How do you feel these influences shape your approach to your work?AV: I initially just wanted to paint and draw in the realist style because I thought that was the path to being considered a “real” artist, but when I was introduced to artists like Ralph Steadman and Salvador Dali—who were surreal in style and concept—it gave me permission to sort of “go crazy” with my technique and incorporate that stylistic or conceptual weirdness into my work, too.
AB: What’s on the horizon for you?AV: I’m really excited to be starting a few new series of both ink/watercolor and acrylic paintings—getting back to my technical roots while still exploring concepts that I love. Since I’ve graduated college and have more time, I’d also like to begin expanding awareness of my art commission business.
AB: What advice would you give young artists?AV: Really try to think outside of the box in your art—add some mystery to it. I think it’s wonderful to have a literal technique (like painting realistically), but when you try to get literal in concept it can get cliché. That’s when you can explore your style to get across a feeling rather than a sentence. People would rather feel something from your work—whether they realize what they’re feeling or not—than get smacked in the face by what you want them to know about your concept. I know that’s kind of vague, but it stems from the personal knowledge that when someone tells you they emotionally connect to something you’ve created, it’s the greatest feeling in the world.
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