Featured Artisan Spotlight: Laria Saunders, photostudio311
Posted by ArtFireContent on 03/09/2011 at 13:24:25
Please start by telling us a little about yourself and your studio.
I am a photographer that specializes in fine art. I am featuring my abstract work in my ArtFire studio and am excited to present my new collection called, "The New Papillon 2010 Series."
If there’s one thing that defines you, what is it?
What defines me now is not by choice but certainly influences my art in a big way. I am disabled with constant migraines and spasticity of the muscles and have endured this for 12 years now. Living in a dark cave most of my life gives me an entirely different perspective when I have a small window of time to go out and shoot.
What role does your family play in your art?
I come from four generations of successful artists on both sides of my family so their influence has been a living education for me.
Where do you live and what is it like?
I just moved to downtown Los Angeles to the Arts District and am loving the artist loft lifestyle. The space inspires me to create.
Where did you learn your medium?
I am primarily a self-taught photographer but did take some courses at University California Los Angeles and have nine photographers in my family.
What are your goals with your ArtFire studio?
Although I cannot work like a normal person due to my health challenges, I am hoping to earn some money through selling art on ArtFire.
How did you come to selling online?
Selling art online is easier for me than trying to make face to face contacts so it seemed like a natural step for me to take.
How did you come to find a home on ArtFire?
I found ArtFire through Etsy actually. I made some friends on Etsy that are also selling on ArtFire.
What is the best piece of advice you can give other artists?
Most artists use suffering as a tool to transform pain into art. I do this too and I noticed if done consciously and integrally the art has the potential to transform the consciousness of those that view it too. I am a strong believer in art being a sacred service and am especially conscious of putting art out into the universe that mirrors our true nature and strengthens our resolve to overcome suffering.
Why do you think that buying and selling handmade products benefits society?
Handmade art reflects the diversity and depth of our culture. Buying handmade items over mass produced items is a form of activism that exclaims to the corporate industry that consumers care about the human aspect of products and how they are made and how they affect the environment etc. This can become a powerful voice in a society that is based on mass consumerism.