Featured Artisan Spotlight: Maria Kitano. Natureandart
Posted by pauljvguillaume on 05/27/2011 at 13:36:01
Please start by telling us a little about yourself and your studio.
I have been a full time artist for over 5 years but I always been interested in art and crafting. Painting has been my main interest since as long as I can remember; I prefer working with oil colors because of the options this medium has to offer. In my studio I offer a selection of oil paintings and drawings, but I am also open to custom requests.
If there’s one thing that defines you, what is it?
Perseverance. Despite the difficulties that I encountered while trying to make it as a full time freelancing artist, I always considered that my art is worth the effort.
Where do you live and what is it like?
I live in Stockholm, Sweden. It´s a nice place to be since I don´t like heat and long summers, and is also very inspiring for my art since I am close to nature.
Where did you learn your medium?
I started painting with oils in high school and improved it ever since.
What are your goals with your ArtFire studio?
Since I mostly sell my work online, I hope my studio will become one of the main venues to sell my art, and I am putting all my efforts into this.
How did you come to selling online?
This is how I actually started selling my work, due to lack of time to search for shops interested in having my paintings on display I also prefer selling online because I have contact with the customers directly and it offers me more time to focus on my painting instead.
What is the best piece of advice you can give other artists?
To believe in their talent and in what they are creating.
Why do you think that buying and selling handmade products benefits society?
As a buyer among others, you will own something unique instead of a mass produced item, you will support an artist/artisan and not a big company. I personally prefer and support handmade, ecological, animal cruelty free products.