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Meet Mia Snyder

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mia Snyder.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Ever since I was a little kid, I loved to fill up notebooks with drawings and poems, but it wasn’t until college that I received a DSLR camera and started taking photos artistically. I took a digital photography class that changed my perspective on art and life. While I still enjoy working with physical media like pencils and ink, I feel like the digital world is a new frontier for artists that allows them a chance to be seen. I like to think of myself as a photographer and digital artist.

Please tell us about your art.
I usually like to think of my art as a way to create my own world. I feel like we, as humans, live in a world where it is easy to only pay attention to the things that are going wrong, and I hope that with my art, people can see the whimsy and the quiet greatness of everyday life. One thing to look for in my work is my teddy bear motif. For me, teddy bears are a symbol that remind me to maintain a sense of wonder that a child would have. Art making is a chance to get out of what we consider reality and choose to notice the simple things that make us happy.

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
If I had to give artists one piece of advice, it would be to not compare yourself to others. There will always be a peer on Facebook that appears to be more successful than you or an artist on Instagram who creates intimidatingly amazing art, but the important thing is that you, as an artist, create something that is unique to you and wouldn’t exist in the world if you hadn’t taken the time to create it. Something that I wish I learned earlier is that making art is not a necessarily a way to make pretty things that please others, but it is something that allows you to be authentic to yourself whether or not you choose to share it with the rest of the world.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Currently, the best way to find my work is on Instagram and Flickr. In the past, I have had work in the Kruglak Gallery and in the Oceanside Art Walk. I would love to get to know more people who make or appreciate art, so please feel free to follow my Instagram to see my latest work.

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Image Credit:
Personal Photo Image Credit: Ismael Cervantes ( www.instagram.com/_ismaelcervantes_/ )
The rest of the photos were taken by me.

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