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Meet Gianna Tesone

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gianna Tesone.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Since I was a young girl, I have always had an innate desire to recreate things from my imagination with my hands. My tendencies to paint and draw and sculpt things were naturally a part of my everyday life. I took many classes throughout elementary school, middle school, and high school, and simply just viewed art as a beautiful pastime and hobby. When considering career paths in preparation for college, I was set on studying science. However, at the end of my spring semester of senior year, I held a showcase where I displayed a triptych of large abstract florals, a project of many months, and the first of many I would soon create. These pieces were the milestone of my practice as an artist and multiple people asked me if I had considered pursing art professionally. I took this to heart and realized my pastime was something much greater. So, I chose to devote my studies to the fine arts. I am now at Point Loma Nazarene University working towards my Visual Arts Bachelors. To this day, I am confident that pursuing my passion was the best decision I ever made. I know it is one of my strengths and God-given abilities and ultimately a part of my calling and purpose on this earth.

Please tell us about your art. What do you do / make / create? How? Why? What’s the message or inspiration, what do you hope people take away from it? What should we know about your artwork?
My acrylic abstract impressionism paintings are a visual reflection of the condition of the human heart and experience. I create by taking from my own personal experience, pouring out emotion and self-reflection every stroke. I aim to connect to others on a level which verbal words cannot – through the universal language of visual art and poetic language.

I choose to work primarily through abstract impressionism because of the opportunity this form gives to freely and open-endedly connect based on a simple idea. Impressionism being my own idealized version of a subject or life form but deconstructing it through abstract strokes and colors enough to where the viewer can see it through his or her own lens and experience it personally.

My faith journey and relationship with my Divine Creator plays the most important role in why I create. I create to reflect the nature of God and the beauty he gifts to us every day. Painting is my way of self-expression and ultimate form of worship. This gift is not of me to glorify my name, but to glorify my Heavenly Father and grow his kingdom.

I see beauty in life’s simplest forms of florals and recreate them in my unique style through unstructured, bold strokes and colors. I aim to take on the humble and joyful perspective of a child in awe of her Heavenly Father, letting my work exhibit messy and loose strokes. My work is intentionally layered with innumerable colors and strokes of paints, all giving sight into depth and complexity.

What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
Regardless of the time we live in, western culture has always presented obstacles for artists given the different vision we have, and the unconventional methods we approach problems. We are often overlooked or underappreciated for the amount of effort and time we give to our work.

However, now is the best time to be a creative with the booming of small businesses immense networking platform of social media we have access to. With rapidly advancing technology comes tremendous change, thus the need to adapt and innovate quickly and efficiently. The key to staying ahead and participating in the creation of our future is our own creativity. Creativity is an expression of vision through tangible, visible subject matter. Artists possess just that–the ability to internalize an idea and transform it and magnify it through their own individual lens, perspective and vision.

Our world is hungry for originality, and something that has never been done before–something new to be discovered and explored and pondered. Those that see the creative’s vision are those who have the future in mind. They should fully embrace this gift and advocate on the creative’s behalf in presenting it to the world as a beacon of light in the darkness, a hope leading and guiding out from the monocity of the demanding lives we live.

Art is something that supplements the human experience, and provides insight into the truth of humanity. Through emotional expression, it addresses the issues that we so often push aside in fear of overcoming and departing from the world’s false perception of truth. Art gives us an opportunity to become a better version of ourselves.

I believe that San Diego can stimulate artists into the world as presenting them as a vital aspect to the lives we all live, and cultivate a community of likeminded people who share the same vision of revealing truth and changing the world. Strength is found in numbers backed with passion. If there is no passion to strive towards the bigger picture, we will remain complacent.

Regardless of any degree of desire for skill, artists will always face some kind of resistance because we are beautifully unique, and the world hates what it cannot understand. But with great resistance only generates tremendous growth and yields abundant fruit.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I do not yet permanently showcase my work in public galleries, but I currently have my new set of pieces in the Love Gallery at Point Loma Nazarene University. If not seen in person, I have a website and Instagram where I digitally show all my pieces as well as my journey as an artist. There, I have a blog where I share thoughts and inspirations about my life outside of art, as well as a connect page inviting inquiries about sales and myself as an artist.

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