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Art & Life with Sydney Middleton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sydney Middleton.

Sydney, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I started my artistic journey by going to different art walks. At that time I was barely painting and more focused on developing a style. I spent the next two years and I am still working at the Fullerton and Santa Ana Art walks. I have become well known for selling buttons and paintings. As those two years progressed I began to paint more and work on my art more in general. However five months ago I truly became more focused on my art, I started going to a local figure drawing class. At the same time I became physically sick, as I became sicker the desire to express what I was unable to do at the time came out in my art. In a short span of time my art transformed from a style similar to cartoons and anime to a surrealist/distorted bodies style that I am constantly proud of.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I for the most part draw and paint; which can range from small canvases to figurines. My main source of inspiration comes from my dreams. I would say that my style is similar to a surrealist; distorted bodies, strange alien or demon creatures, monstrous-like hands. I hope that people just simply enjoy my pieces for most will come up with their own interpretation and that is fine to me. However, usually when I tell others the bizarre stories or dreams behind a piece people will feel a sort of connection with the piece than they had before.

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?
I personally have been connecting with other artists through going to different exhibits/classes/shows simply talking to them. I find that if you want someone to really remember you that a good way is to make a small gift. It does not need to be extravagant, or amazing, just a simple gift (for example I sometimes will make small flowers out of paper and that is far more than enough for someone to remember you by).

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My art is mainly on my Instagram @lightstarp I am also located on Instagram as @BeetleButtons

I showcase my art at the Fullerton/Santa Ana art walks every first Friday and Saturday of the month. I am currently trying to showcase in more exhibits and shows but I am still in school, as well as trying to graduate from High School at the moment.

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