Art Talk - Ten Questions
A glimpse behind the scenes into the artists studios and a look at the creative workings from artists across the world. A fascinating insight and privileged look into what makes them tick and why they do what they do…
Artist Ria Janta-Cooper
1. How long have you been an artist?
In 2008 I began my career as an artist. However, through external circumstances, I haven’t been able to paint for few years. 2014 was for me the new beginning. It means, in a short answer, I have been an artist for about three years.
2.What is your preferred medium and roughly what is the process for creating your work?
I use artist grade acrylics. My painting develops in my mind first. I ‘see’ roughly what it will be when it is finished, then I would prepare the canvas with two or three coats of gesso, and after the canvas is dry, I’d take a pencil to outline the idea, to make something like a sketch. After this I would try to mix the paint to find the right shades and nuances of colours. This is not always an easy task.
3. Describe your life as an artist in 3 words?
Love, fun, happiness.
4. Where do you draw your inspiration from and why?
I draw my inspiration from everything I see.
5. Who or what has had the greatest influence on your art and career so far?
Every artist I’ve ever met, every artist’s work I saw had influence on my art. The greatest influence comes from Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet.
6. One piece of advice for a new artist?
Believe in yourself, be tough to yourself, stay on course, be positive, and finally: show, display your art.
7. What is the one item in the studio you couldn’t live without?
8.Do you listen to music when working in the studio, if so what?
No. When I listen to the music, I paint in takt of the music, and then I seldom like the result of it.
9. What are the best and worst things about being an artist?
You love what you do – this is the best thing. The worst thing is when you cannot do what you love, when your life circumstances don’t allow you to do art.
10. Technology is a growing presence in the life of an artist, what are your favourite apps or software to assist your work and promotion?
Technology is fine, but to do my art I almost don’t need any software or apps. However, I need social networks to promote my art. I use twitter – this is the best – , I also have a page on FB and an account on Artfinder, Saatchi, and Art2Arts. I don’t like Etsy, it is not working with me. I’d like to buy Photoshop to use it with my art together, and I hope that I’ll do it ASAP=soon 🙂 Because I was working a lot with Photoshop in my past, I know the software relatively well, and know how important it is for us artists.
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