Today we’d like to introduce you to Katrina Oba.
Katrina, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I started with sketching before I jumped into painting. One of my weaknesses is using colors so jumping into oil painting was a bit challenging for me. In fact, before moving to oil painting, I have tried colored pencil and watercolor which did not work out well. Although I have some difficulties with oil painting, I still fell in love with it. It gives me feeling like being lost in the moment.
I used to be shy about sharing my artworks with others before, but there is this one person who believed in me and pushed me to show my works. After posting some of my art online, opportunities knocked on my door. I had my first exhibit with Raw Artists which served as a learning experience. Aside from that, SD Voyager invited me to share my art and my story.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I mainly do oil paintings, but sometimes I also do illustrations. Personally, I think art expresses emotions and helps us to see things in a different way and perspective. I like my art to open doors to memories, emotions, hopes, or wishes. I want people to look at my art and not just see a picture, but instead, have a connection with it. I’m hoping that my art can somehow give them a satisfying feeling or trigger a warm feeling inside.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
I think we like to measure success by what we have achieved. Maybe for an artist, we can say they have reached success when they have received an award or became well-known. But I think we cannot truly measure success. It will always depend on the people itself. However, in reality, achievements and recognition are important. There is also no doubt that sale is a major bonus. Yet, it will only be a true success if it is accompanied by reaching my artistic goals.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
They can see my works on Instagram and Esty.
They can also send me an email at email@example.com
David and Amy