The Modesto Bee has an inspiring article about how a Latvia-born immigrant, former group health insurance compliance and contracts officer stayed with her passion for art and photography and developed a fusion digital media format that blends images using photography as well as techniques from printmaking and watercolor to create an entirely new and different digital art.

When it comes to advices for young artists, Anna has the following:

Don’t be afraid. Let go. Let your creativity flow, and don’t worry about whether someone else will like it or not and forget the rules. Just be free. Most of us are born with wonderful imagination and creativity, but it is stifled and beaten out of us by the public school system and by adults who insist that pictures must look realistic — that the sky must be blue, that the grass must be green. When you get to college and if you decide you want to be an artist, you then need to undo all of that learning and relearn to be free and creative again. True art is creativity. There are many people who can learn technique, who can copy from photographs and pictures. That isn’t really true art. True art is new and creative and comes from the soul; it’s expression and emotion. Don’t be afraid to show yours.

For many of us, perhaps we spend too much more time worrying about gears than developing skills, or become complacent after getting some nice looking photos. The limit of our potentials are coming from within ourselves.

Check out Anna’s work here.

Posted in: Inspiration on May 10th, 2009. Trackback URI

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