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Art & Life with Kalyn Lisa Marie Kendig

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kalyn Lisa Marie Kendig.

Kalyn Lisa Marie, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My little art world starts where a lot of us humans do, with a dash of self-doubt. I always loved drawing and painting (video games, books, and nerd-ness) but seeing the statistics of making something of it I kept it as my little side-gig, as an expression just for me, where I could sit in my room and look at it all just to tear it apart and go again. Despite sounding aggressive that has always been a fun part of it.

Maybe it’s also an obsession with looking at tiny details around you and trying to figure out how to create those same images or even that sense of absolute calm that doesn’t exist until you get into the flow of oil paints dragging across the surface. Whatever little demon it is prodding at my head and telling me “DO MORE”, I listen. When I moved to the seaside and Sunny SD, I enrolled in my first painting class and that pitchfork wielding red man stuck in me to just let it out. So I did.

I think my art is best when it kills me a bit and I wanna burn the canvas itself out of frustration, but I come out on the other-side feeling enlightened (Which is some form a drug, I am sure). So here we are now, still a little doubtful but pushing to show you how I feel in the form of streaks of broken rocks and oil on a piece of wood.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My art is still a bit all over the place, I go through a ton of very different phases, but they are all a part of me. I don’t intend to go into a piece with a message in mind, It’s almost always just what I’ve been feeling in a visual form. I suppose it can be selfish but my real hope is that somebody feels -something- when they see it. Even if it’s disgust (which has happened) I want you to come up with what you think it means and then talk to me about it, maybe it will open one of us up to a new perception.

Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
San Diego has an amazing amount of talented people who have a hard time organizing. So get together! Go to sketch party and get anti-social socially, or go groove in some galleries. Buy art or shout it out.

I’ll admit it’s hard to make a living on your art in a digital world, but someone will love it and as long as SD keeps pushing for public art, I think we will do just fine.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
July 27th, I’ll be part of Stonedager Fashion show (6 pm) at K.O underground Brewery with a bunch of other amazing artist and musicians.

I have a few pieces up at Little Miss Brewing in my weird little neighborhood Normal Heights

And 4 portraits of musicians who died young at Music Box where I work. These guys supported me early on, our amazing little music family.

But Instagram is the main platform for showing my art, I’m still pretty new and learning to put myself out there. Hopefully, soon I’ll invest in a website or prints. I’d love to get some pointers!

Contact Info:

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  • Instagram: @kalynlisamarie

Image Credit:
Tyler Ryan Mann

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