Today we’d like to introduce you to Lena Krupicka.
Lena, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born in Eugene, OR to a German Mother and American Father. When I was 6, my family and I moved to Germany. I was enrolled in a Montessori school that encouraged playful/exploratory learning. This is where I discovered my love for anything creative, but more specifically the fantastical, coming up with all sorts of creatures and plants. In 8th grade I decided to take art more seriously, picking it as an elective for my final exams the following year. I was able to branch into further education (instead of going to vocational school), graduating 3 years later with a high school equivalent degree.
Wanting to reconnect with my American roots, I enrolled in the Cleveland Institute of Art but left after two years, discouraged and unsure of what to do. I had been able to explore multiple venues of art, dabbeling in glassblowing, fiber and performance art. Ironically, I failed the drawing classes, finding them tedious and boring. Back in Germany I started going to life drawing classes, finding my way back to art through drawing and learning to love what I had previously found boring. A student there introduced me to the Watts Atelier of the Arts in Encinitas. They had a simplified, graceful way of capturing the figure that I fell in love with. Going there became my next big mission. In October of 2016 I moved. Now I go to classes there and create my own art or do commissions in my spare time.
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 mix the fantastical and unknown with nature and evolution. I want to know how the world works, take these principles, rules and theories and tweak them or turn them completely upside down to create something new. I’m always asking “what if” or “how would that work”. What would an elf with purple skin and bunny ears look like?.
Currently my favorite mediums are watercolor and ink. I like the free, slightly untamable nature of it. Beyond creating new and interesting things, I hope to instill a sense of wonder into my audience. I hope to pass on my love for the strange and inspire a playful curiosity about differences that make everything so beautiful.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
I think it’s a lot easier to make contacts or reach out to people but now artists are competing globally. It’s just a very daunting thing to think about. Also in our day and age of instant gratification, sticking it out and honing your craft for years and years is extremely hard and always a mental game
- Website: www.throughlenaseyes.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/throughlenaseyes/
All images taken by the artist