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Meet Lora Josic

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lora Josic.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
For as long as I can remember I always had a brush in my hand. What started off as an innocent childhood filled with drawings of stick figures, cats and houses, quickly morphed into scenes of violence and desolation, as unspeakable tragedy found its way into my world. Orphaned by the age of seventeen, darkness was quickly filling my world and threatening to take me with it. The loss of those around me led me to lose myself. As I looked back over the years, when life made sense, there I was, with brush in hand, doodling, painting, creating. I then knew, if I didn’t create I would continue to lose myself. Through art, I was able to bring beauty and understanding back into my life. With art, I was able to control my world. I was creating purpose, power and meaning. Art was once how I reacted to the world. Now art is my world.

Please tell us about your art.
Most of my paintings include acrylic paint and canvas. I love painting abstract art, experimenting with colors and shapes. A few years ago, I started an animal portrait series, drawing animals over my abstract paintings. From there, I painted portraits of some of my favorite musicians. All of that inspired me to create greeting cards with different musicians and artists.
As I studied art history and the specific meanings behind the use of color and symbolism, I knew I didn’t want my art to have any particular meaning. While I may be inspired by bright colors and my art makes me happy, I’m not looking for anyone to take away anything specific from my art. Overall, I find it fortuitous if people enjoy my art. If people are to appreciate it, I want them to relate to it in their own personal way.

As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
I find success in completing the goals I set for myself. My personal challenge is to complete a project and feel it’s completion. My sense of accomplishment is quite personal and specific to what I have set out to do each week or month. When it comes to art and success, it’s essential to do what makes you happy.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Past Exhibitions:
Raw Artists: San Diego House of Blues
Green Flash Brewing Weekend Art Show
Bike to Art Day – Chicano Park
Nebular Incubator Gallery Art Show
Pancakes & Booze San Diego Art Show
San Diego Top Artists – Art Show
The Art Stash – Annual Art Walk
Graffiti Beach Art Show
Tipsy Crow Monthly Art Show
 

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Image Credit:
Main Portrait Shot: Kimmie P. Photography

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1 Comment

  1. Will Keys

    July 26, 2018 at 3:39 am

    Great story!

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