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Meet Katerina Husar Lazarova

Today we’d like to introduce you to Katerina Husar Lazarova.

Katerina, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I moved to San Diego from the Czech Republic in 2017 with my husband that works here. I did not know much English at that time. Before we moved to US, I was creating my artworks and I also taught drawing and painting techniques in my atelier. 

The first year here, I attended English lessons to improve my language. I also looked for new inspiration because the environment is different from the one in which I lived before. And to better get into the artistic world here, I returned to school and I currently study a fine art program here at the Mesa College.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I must admit that sometimes it is hard not to doubt about myself, especially when one suddenly appears in a completely different environment from the one in which I lived my whole life, far away from friends and family that were always there to support me. In the beginnings, I doubted my ability to learn the language. There is still so much to learn to make my English perfect. But now, I am definitely enjoying being able to express my feelings and thoughts in a way that others understand me.

Adaptation to the new environment took some time, as well as finding new stimuli and sources of inspiration. New social contacts were harder to find due to my inability to communicate in English. Sometimes, there were also feelings of loneliness. All of this has largely reflected on my work and changed it. It was such as I searched for myself and at that time, each painting had a different style.

We’d love to hear more about your art.
My painting style was gradually changing and in the end, I got back to ink drawings. And because I worked with canvases and acrylic colors before, I looked for a way how to combine these techniques. So my current paintings are composed of several layers that blend and combine.

The first step of the painting process is to transform the theme or my thought into an abstract shape or patterns on a canvas and this forms the first layer. The shapes bear usually some symbolism or represent a decomposition of a thought that will be later realized with ink drawing.

The following step is to add a layer of colors. This is done through a dynamic process of a spontaneous color play and I am trying to capture the essence or feeling of the object in the foreground. It’s usually spontaneous without tendencies to control the outcome too much.

The next layer creates shades and helps to bring up the shapes from the first layer to the foreground. It is kind of a submerging into the painting and rediscovery of edges and borders of the first layer, combining them, and also a sensitive harmonization of colors.

The last layer is the central motive which is captured using ink in simple lines creating a realistic image of the object. And the objects displayed on my paintings vary. They depend on my current sensations and emotional moods. They can be recordings of places I visited, of my inner feelings, and of thoughts portrayed into symbols of animals, flowers or other diverse entities and recently also figure drawings.

I am proud that I got an award special merit in a competition of a gallery Light Space-Time in 2019. I was also chosen for a juried art festival in Dana Point. And this year, I got an honorable mention from a competition at artrepreneur.org, where only two participants were chosen for this award. These might not be the first place awards yet, but I think that for someone who just started, it is a step in the right direction and this recognition of my artworks gives me the joy to continue on this path.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
My current priority is to successfully finish the school. But of course, my art is an inseparable part of my life. It is like a recording of things around me in my own personal format. My dream is that my paintings will find their place also on other walls than those of my own home. I would also love to arrange an exhibition in the San Diego coffeehouses when I organized such events back in the Czech Republic, they always enjoyed great popularity.

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