Hi Angela, where are you based and how long have you been creating?
I’m based in Los Angeles, California. I have been drawing and painting for over 18 years, and for the past 10 years I’ve been working in the animation industry.
A lot of your works are landscapes and still life. What is it about these traditional subject matters that appeal to you?
I do paint these two subject matters a lot. I paint landscapes when I travel, when I miss my past trips, or when I get excited about new travel destinations for my future trips. I paint still life when I get tired of painting landscapes :) A short answer to this question is that I love to observe and study from life. Landscape and still life paintings give me the opportunity to demonstrate and share my discoveries with the world.
Oh, but it never gets easier. I struggle with every piece because there is always a new problem that needs to be solved, or a new solution to an old problem that I newly pick up and want to try out. Every struggle is a reminder that I will never master these subjects in this lifetime no matter how much I paint! I just need to keep going and tackle new problems along the way. I actually really enjoy this process, but hate it at the same time.
You are a rare modern day artist who paints traditionally and digitally when most artists are either one or the other. What appeals to you about both styles?
I enjoy experimenting with different mediums because it’s just fun to learn new ways to express myself. I believe that the more things you learn, the better informed you are about tackling a subject. I also think switching gears is what makes my art journey endurable!
When I paint traditionally, the limitations teach me how to arrive at a solution; when I paint digitally, the unlimited options and boundaries help me push my finish and ideas even further. I mean, don't you just love the hue/saturation slider, haha! It’s also great to figure out the workflow with traditional art because that is how you can strengthen your art fundamentals, such as the basics of color mixing, brush economy, and how to think through so that you don’t mess up the composition.
For plein-air painting specifically, there are more challenges that connect to the way nature presents itself to us. It’s a great way to practice making quick decisions. More importantly, you can practice capturing the brief moment with all your senses, and finding ways to drop these clues in your art to create the view you want your audience to see, and feel. It’s so hard, but so fun.