Give us some background on your artwork/shop/portfolio. What do you create?
Angela: Nowadays, I do a lot of traditional fine art (mostly paintings, with some mixed-media pieces) that I sell and I also do digital painting/drawing, which is such an exciting, versatile new medium. My website is a combination portfolio of art and graphic design.
How did you get to where you are now in your artistic career? What were some steps or benchmarks along the way?
Angela: I’ve been training in traditional fine and studio arts and graphic design since I was a freshman in high school. Art was always a hobby of mine but I loved taking classes, including a month in Florence, Italy learning drawing and painting techniques from masters of the trade. For me, that stay in Italy really defined my artistic trajectory. After college graduation, I began to see my art and design skills as more marketable and have branched into sales and commissions.
How would you describe your artwork to someone who has never seen it? Is there a unifying element or theme that you believe ties your pieces together?
Angela: I would say my art is grounded in a whimsical reality. I love natural subjects but I add a tint of fantasy to everything. I love vibrant colors, crisp ink lines, and I’m a big fan of using space as an active element in my work. However, I still paint the occasional landscape.
Where do you currently live? What influence has your location or previous locations had on your artwork and creative process?
Angela: I currently live in Santa Barbara, but I was raised in Sonoma County. Both locations have allowed me to keep in touch with nature which tends to be my subject and inspiration.
What advice would you give to someone trying to start a large-scale creative project or business?
Angela: I would say keep creating. It took me over 10 years to compile enough portfolio pieces that I could pick from what I had done to form a creative identity I was happy with. Not everything you make is going to be pretty or sellable, but if you do it enough, you’ll get some gems. Also, do it for yourself. Commissions are fine but if you’re not also making art for you, you’ll get really burnt out.
These pieces and more can be viewed here.