We are delighted to bring to you a brand new section within our Portrait of an Artist column entitled ‘Seeing through the eyes…’. This is a section that has been created by our wonderful Portrait of an Artist Editor, Ile Mont. Mont has been inspired by the life and works of Carolyn Hall Young, as so many of us have. Young was the main contributor to our Portrait of an Artist Flickr pool and filled it with portraits of so many wonderful people, not only of herself. It is for this reason that Mont wanted to create this section, to enable us to view the artists style through their own eyes. At the end of each interview, Mont will keep Young’s tradition alive, with a portrait of herself, seen through the eyes of the artist. In this case, you will see that at the end of this interview there is a portrait of Mont, seen through the eyes of Campos! What a gift!
Please continue to post your mobile portraiture to our dedicated Flickr group, that way, Mont will search through these artists first to interview. (foreword by Joanne Carter).
All images ©Lorenka Campos and final image ©Ile Mont and Lorenka Campos
Would you like to introduce yourself?
My name is Lorenka Campos and I am a Visual Artist currently living in Texas, USA.
What does “being creative” mean to you?
I think being creative is a way of life. For me, it encompasses almost everything I do. It’s about problem solving, Imagination, daydreaming, and transformation. It’s about learning new things, experimenting and being willing to fail time after time. Of course, In the mobile art world, It’s not just about being creative, but also having the technical skills to produce something from your imagination. You definitely have to possess a passion to create. It’s hard work that requires fostering and dedication.
Can you describe the time when you first realised that creating was something you absolutely had to do?
From a very young age, I was drawn to the arts, I loved to draw, make things and daydream the time away. In a 6th grade Art Appreciation class I learned about Picasso, Van Gogh, Matisse and Modigliani, and realised then, that I wanted to be an artist. I wanted to spend my life creating art.
What are you trying to communicate with your art?
I’m not trying to communicate anything with my art. My art is for me, it is usually very personal and I use it to express my feelings, but once I post and it’s out there, it belongs to the viewers. The viewers get to Interpret the meaning at that point.
Why portraits and self portraits?
My favorite art has always been portraits or art that included people in the scene. I just find them more interesting and am instinctively drawn to them. Self portraits because I am an always available model.
What do you think are the ups and downs about working with your own image?
The ups are, I have no model that might take offense to my final portrayal. And, I don’t have to find a willing model.
There are a lot of downs I think. First off, I don’t have the proper equipment to take my own picture, so I stack books and use make shift tripods to try to get a few decent photos I can work with. Plus, I’m not a very good model. I would prefer to shoot someone more exotic and mysterious.
Is there an artwork you are most proud of?
I have made thousands of images, and of them, there are a small percentage that have stood the test of time, and that I actually really like. The one I am most proud of is a portrait of my daughter, Abbey. I think it captures her essence.
How do you know when a work is finished?
When I’m working on a piece, there is usually a moment when I feel it looks good, but I don’t stop there, I try to keep pushing it, and pushing it, until the magic moment. The moment I know it’s finished. I’m not saying my art is magic, just that there is a magic moment for me.
What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have?
I just start and keep going. I usually start in Superimpose arranging and composing parts, and then let it take me where it wants to go.
What inspires you?
Anything can inspire me and start my imagination reeling, but I think love, music, nature, and of course other artists are the greatest inspiration.
What are your favorite tools and apps while creating?
My all time favorite apps are Superimpose and Snapseed. I use many, many apps, but almost always use these two.
What’s the best advice you ever had about how to be more creative?
What advice would you share with us?
Just start!!! Someone once said “without execution, a vision is just a hallucination”.
Creativity means nothing if you don’t use it.
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