Today we’d like to introduce you to Adonna Ebrahimi, ArtistrybyAdonna.
Adonna, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
You know, I remember doodling in 8th grade and loving a required art class in 10th grade. I realized I could draw! Coming from a blue -collar family, getting a college education was not really drilled into my head, and frankly, I wasn’t the academic type anyway. In my junior year of high school, students were presented with the option of attending vocational/technical school for half a day, for two years. Commercial Art was on the list…..and I was like, Hello! Where do I sign?? It was the perfect fit for me. I attended one full year after graduation from high school and went directly into a full-time job with a small ad agency in Northern Kentucky.
I married and moved to New Jersey, and worked for an agency for seven years. A new baby and my husband’s job change brought us to California. I stayed home and raised a family in Thousand Oaks, CA. A divorce brought me back into the world of art – home to myself. I have found so much joy and healing in producing art, and hope that my work reflects that.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My current body of work is floral. Flowers have always made me happy! Gloves were rarely worn when planting in my yard – I love the feel of soil on my hands! After taking a few online courses and exploring mixed media, I decided to try working without a paintbrush. Of course, this is really nothing new, but it was new for me. Most of my art is created with my fingers into the paint……and onto the canvas. I truly love swishing and moving the paint around the canvas. I use bubble wrap, shelf-liner, feathers, palette knife, forks……kinda anything goes. Before each painting, you will generally find me “smudging” the space with sage and essential oil on my table top.
It is my hope that the energy and joy I feel while creating, has been communicated onto the canvas – through color, shape, and motion. Each piece has a little bit of me in there, and a story.
What responsibility, if any, do you think artists have to use their art to help alleviate problems faced by others? Has your art been affected by issues you’ve concerned about?
I think that artists play a huge role in communicating their feelings thru their art form – be it painting, music, writing, theater, dance. There is so much going on in the world today, that I find not so joyful. I am at a place in my life where I just want to be surrounded by creative energy, joyful and positive people. Watching the news or listening /reading about local or world events usually sends me to the studio, thinking….I just wanna paint flowers. They make me happy! My body of work is called “Momentary Contact – A call to the Heart”
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can find my work on my website, through fine art america, on Instagram or visit me in my studio in mid-town Ventura, by appointment, at H gallery & Studios, 1793 E. Main St., Ventura, CA.
Supporting me and my work is easy! You can find originals online thru my website or my studio in Ventura and reproductions on Fine Art America. I also sell notecards online and thru my Etsy shop – so sending a little love note in the mail not only makes the recipient happy for a note, but also gets my name and art out into the world.
Sharing FB posts and commenting and following on IG is also a great support! I occasionally do paint nites around the Conejo Valley, and you can find those events on my website. I will bring out the inner artist in YOU, and you will love getting your fingers in the paint, and using bubble wrap to create!
- Address: H Gallery & Studios
1793 E. Main St.
- Website: www.artistrybyadonna.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/artistrybyadonna
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/artistrybyadonna
photo credit (of adonna) @67billH