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Art & Life with Caitlin Carney

Today we’d like to introduce you to Caitlin Carney.

Caitlin, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I’ve always had an affinity for art. Since a very young age, I’ve been fascinated by all things creative – be it music, fashion, painting, drawing, you name it. I was really lucky growing up in a family where the arts were embraced. When I was really young my mom gave my siblings and I children’s books profiling different artists, and I remember paging through the Jackson Pollack and Frida Kahlo books with such amazement. As I got older, I moved away from making art with my hands and worked more digitally as I started to study graphic design and communications in college.

I got into painting as a response to a turbulent period in my personal life. I was really in need of an outlet and I needed a space where nothing was right and nothing was wrong – it was just something fun that I was doing for myself. Even when I didn’t love what I made it was so satisfying to make something. As I began to show friends and family what I was working on, I started to receive a lot of good feedback and encouragement to pursue art. It was after a solo backpacking excursion to Asia and a lot of introspection that I decided to really jump in to being an artist. It had lit a fire in me and it was feeding my soul – how could I not give it the attention it deserved?

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I’m inspired by my surroundings – the landscape, architecture, people, sounds, all of it. My paintings are my way of interpreting and making sense of where I am both physically and emotionally. Each piece starts from something small that’s caught my attention – a pattern, color, or texture. From there I build, I pull from other things that are around me. If a pattern in nature first inspired me, it might be a color that I see in a magazine that informs my next step. I’ve loved reading fashion magazines my entire life, so I often peruse them when I’m looking for my next steps.

What I love about abstract work is that it allows many different interpretations. When I’m inspired to make a piece it’s because something has resonated with me. Each piece is open for interpretation, I just hope that my work makes you feel something.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
Being an artist can definitely be a bit lonely. There is a bit of catch-22, spending long hours in the studio can lend itself to great growth and productively, but most studio time is also alone time. I think it’s really powerful to connect with a range of people that identify as being a creative. I’ve found that Instagram can be a really powerful tool for connecting with other creatives. It never hurts to send someone a message to get coffee! Identifying art-related events is also a great avenue to connect with others. Every month in San Diego there are a number of exhibition openings at different galleries and events put on by museums.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Currently, my work and my process can primarily be seen via my Instagram page. I have work listed on my website as well. Additionally, I sell my work in both digital and live sales. For instance, I recently participated in the Handmade Pop-Up on Instagram and then the San Diego Art Institute’s C-Note sale.

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Image Credit:
The two photos of me are by: Meghan Branlund of Rise Photo Co.

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