This is Erica Wexler. Let’s hear it from this painter of intellect.
1. Please tell us about yourself in brief.
I am a Fine Oil Painter, born and raised in Southern California. I have practiced my craft ever since I could pick up a pencil. I studied under the Master artist Michael Ward. From there, I went on to attend California State University, Northridge where I majored in the Fine Arts. Transferring from CSUN to Art Institute of California Los Angeles, I graduated with a B.S. degree in Graphic Design. After devoting ten years into the graphic design industry, I now achieve my dreams of being a prolific oil painter.
2. What's art for you and why did you choose art as your career?
I chose art because it simply wasn’t a choice for me. It has saved my life. I come from a family of turmoil, addiction, and depression. It seems I have been surrounded by it all my life. I now use my art as a personal form of therapy to heal myself as well as others. I have lost 3 people who were extremely close to me to suicide. I believe one of the reasons why so many people are unhappy today is because we have lost our connection to ourselves, to nature and to each other. I intend for my art to serve as a bridge into consciousness that we are all one and connected. I strive with every finished work to invoke feelings of empowerment within oneself and the divine connection that unifies us all.
3. What is known to be your inspiration?
I find inspiration from nature, my experiences and feelings as well as other artists. When I’m feeling a creative block I step away from the studio and do other things until I feel that pull again.
4. What problems were/are faced by you in this entire journey of becoming a successful artist? How could those be solved?
Trying to make a steady living at art is not easy. It can be a long process of building up a strong body of work and on the top of that trying to acquire a steady flow of regular buyers and clients. Trying to balance the creative world with the business side of things has been my biggest challenge, as I’m sure is the case with most artists trying to make a living. You have to determined and not give up when doors are slammed on you. When one door closes, another will open.
5. Which is your favorite medium of representing art?
Oil paints on birch wood panels.
6. You seem to be a nature lover, theist, and a painter of intellect. What makes you paint all that?
As I’ve stated before, I come from a thundering past and painting has helped me cope with all of that. I use parts of my life and what I’ve gone through to tell an interpretive story. I want my art to serve as a reminder of the importance of being connected within ourselves, to one another, and to nature. To me, there isn’t anything more important than that.
7. Are you a full time artist?
Yes, started full time 4 years ago.
8. How much time does it take to paint the desired concept?
It depends on the size of the painting, but it typically takes me anywhere from a few days to at least a few weeks to a complete from start to finish. Some have taken me months.
9. Had not been a painter, what would you be?
Although I can’t imagine doing anything else I’d love more, another dream job may be to work with animals or sea life. I have always felt a strong connection to the ocean, and Marine Biology would be something I would love to learn more about.
10. What do you want to tell the folks out there and the aspiring artists?
Never give up your dream. I’m a living evidence of whatever you decide to put your heart and mind into, it can be done!!
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