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Meet Redin Winter

Today we’d like to introduce you to Redin Winter.

Redin, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Well, it took me a very long time to publicly present myself as a visual artist and painter. I always say that I have lived many lives. I spent the last twenty-something years working in various fields associated with theatre actually. I worked as an actor, technician, dramaturg, and director. I was also employed in theatre arts administration for a large majority of the time. I went into plus modeling and was signed with Wilhelmina models for a few years. I did the Hollywood actor thing for a brief stint. I also spent four years in North Carolina as a stay at home mom and military wife. After spending ten years in the professional theatre world and with employment changes on the horizon, I went to graduate school and obtained both my Masters and Ph.D. in theatre. I have taught classes in film studies, theatre studies, theatre history, and play analysis. As a mother and someone with a high achievement drive, I kept trying to find my place in this world.

It was the gift of an easel from my husband that sparked my drive to paint every day and finally call myself a painter. I had painted sporadically throughout all of this time, my college roommate was an art major and was the one that first gave me time and instruction on painting. Once I was gifted the easel, I made a space for it in my house and started painting every day. I publicly announced myself as a visual artist and painter two years ago. I created a website, obtained the business license, paintings started to sell, and I have found that place I was searching for.

Has it been a smooth road?
I don’t know if anything can be a smooth road, especially when you have others that depend on you for their personal safety and security. I have had many rejections along the way from exhibitions and galleries, but I try not to let it affect me. I actually remind myself of Andy Warhol’s quote that you produce work and while everyone is deciding whether it is good or not, create more work. The quote is something like that. It is my mantra. The biggest obstacle I have had to face is reminding myself of the value in original fine art and do not undervalue the work that goes into creating an original art piece.

I am most proud of how I have created a path that is working for me as an artist. There has been a lot of advice and information to digest along the way and I believe in doing the research. At the end of the day, each path will be different and it’s important to find your value and your own way. For instance, I have teamed up with another visual artist for a two-woman art exhibition in October.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I paint one of a kind original fine art acrylic paintings. I specialize in intuitive abstracts and expressionist scapes of all kinds. I don’t work from a photograph, but instead, I layer and layer on a painting without a particular goal or image in mind and I wait for something to emerge. When that happens, I take that which is emerging and go with it. Some have described my work as a dark Monet, moody, dreamy, and ethereal. Ideas of mass consumption and our inability to retreat with technological advances are always on my mind when I create my paintings so I feel that what does emerge is expressive and dramatic, but also a spatial composition to escape into. A visual apparatus that can offer a bit of a retreat, where the viewer can look at the painting and take a breath, or a pause, and for some that want to immerse themselves further… imagine the life of the painting… what smells, tastes, and sounds come to mind… and those sorts of things.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
The best thing in my opinion about our city is that in 30 minutes I can be standing in a different landscape with a whole different vibe. The city, an arts scene, the desert, the mountains, the beach… it is all so close to us.

I guess what I like least about our city is the housing crisis of affordable housing options. Really the overall high expenses of living here including housing, gas, electricity, and food. And while there are so many great events for us to engage in, I have declined and stayed home many times because I don’t want to try to deal with the traffic and parking situation.

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