Today we’d like to introduce you to Marie Bravo.
Marie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Ever since I was able to hold a crayon at two years old, I have always been drawing and creating with my hands, making something out of nothing. My earliest memories would be holding up my Barbie dolls, stuffed animals and toys to my father and asking him to draw them. I would watch amazed at the pencil lines connecting into a picture-like image, and then tracing over it or filling his drawing in with color to practice the same lines.
A huge impact on my artwork is from growing up on Disney movies and Japanese Anime. I was always creating my own characters and coming up with storylines, as well as taking my own spin on classic folklore and fairytales. A lot of my work is derived from storytelling and creating a narrative. Also, the human form and the endless possibilities of different features within portraiture has always been the main focus.
From graduating SDSU with a BA in Art, I have been steadily expanding my work to the public by collaborative murals on and off campus, entering into collective art galleries, and on unconventional spaces like wine barrels and electrical utility boxes on the streets.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Life always presents challenges, but I believe that it is how we react or end up is what makes us stronger. I’ve had plenty of my own personal struggles to the point where I honestly did not think that I would see past the age of 25, I did not see a future within myself. But after years of working on myself, I can now say that I see a positive future for my life.
When following your dreams, there is always going to be some self-doubt, as well as doubt from others. Especially since there is that ‘starving artist’ stigma, it can be difficult getting consistent work to support one’s self as an independent artist. Although I always need to remind myself that I am my worst critic and to keep pushing and exploring new ventures.
Please tell us more about what you do, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
Most people know me for my drawings and paintings of the female nude. I find the beauty in everything and everyone and through my art is how I express that. The female figure is the most beautiful to me, from the soft curves to the incredible power that is capable of creating life from within. The human body in itself is amazing.
Through my art, I offer portraits, murals, commissioned paintings, and illustrations. Recently, I have found a way to execute my craft and love of jewelry into metalsmithing and gemstone setting. Eventually, I will be expanding further into one of a kind, handcrafted jewelry that will be availble for the public.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
To me, success equals happiness. If a client is happy that piece was successful. If I get accepted into a new project, making progress and in the end, I am happy with it, that is a success.
The ultimate end game is the ability to live modestly comfortable, supporting myself and to create a family with my creations.
- Website: https://mariebravo.wixsite.com/arte
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: Instagram.com/lyttlemoo
- Facebook: https://facebook.com/mariebravoart/