Today we’d like to introduce you to Ardee Antonio.
Ardee, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
My father was an architect and my mother, a dressmaker so it was only natural that I was drawn to art and design. That initial interest did not really lead to my current status of being an artist. Having graduated with a Business degree, and working for investment firms after college, it took many years to acknowledge my repressed love for the arts. It was also fueled by my employment at that local art museum before settling down and having two baby girls.
It was at this point when I had enough time to spend on creating art, much to my little girls helping me be young at heart, and infinitely seeing the world with child-like eyes and wonder. I am trained in working with acrylics and oils but I discovered that my greatest love is watercolor.
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 have always been drawn to nature. I once picked up a book about a Scottish explorer who stole tea from the Chinese, bringing a whole new culture of tea drinking and British monopoly in tea production during the mid-19th century. This began my interest in plant explorers and how the 17th and 18th century artists depicted plants and flowers from the “new” world. These vintage watercolor works became my main inspiration in creating my own set of primarily botanical and bird paintings. Coincidentally, I am also an amateur gardener. So they all go both hand in hand.
I think that is what art should be; a cohesive connection with the nature, the world and its inhabitants. It’s a medium whose message and values transcend through time and people. I hope someday that someone might find my works equally inspiring for them to help find their own passions, interests and talent. Thus, the cycle of the effects of art continues.
For me, the process of painting is deeper. To the true artist, painting is more than a trend. It is the catalyst that allows the tormented ones to function well in society. It is the tool that gives deep introspection to those who’s on a daily battle with depression and anxiety. It is the creative sport that hones mental fortitude and strengthening through constant defeat. It is the cure-all for all the pain and sorrow that nothing else can fix. It is the only leisure activity that convinces us that everything will be alright. It fills the void where therapy can’t deeply seep into. It is the one thing that can eradicate our self-doubt. It is what makes us a better person each day. And a better painter than yesterday. It’s what we can triumphantly, even for once call our own. It is the shield where we hide the ugliness and cruelty of the world around us; striving to create something beautiful, out of all the demons.
Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
I think the most difficult thing for artists is to actually find the time and place to actually do their art on a consistent basis. This is the age-old difficulty even for seasoned artists, or the ones with art degrees. Creating art is equally as important as exercising every day. Art exercises your heart, mind and soul altogether, as cliche as it sounds. Creating art is meditative and a way in which you can find out about yourself, accept your mistakes, failures and learn from them.
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?
I do not really have an art agent or gallery representing my works anything. I do have Instagram: @ardeesign I post my works on there. I have been utilizing Society6 so people can order my images on usable items like throw pillows, etc. I can also sell prints to people if they are interested. I began this painting journey as an intrinsic daily task, and not to actually collect revenue; however there have been many inquiries regarding acquisition so I am slowly opening these channels so people who are truly interested can actually acquire them. I’ve done commissions before and anyone who might be interested can email me.
- Website: www.ardeesign.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ardeesign/
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