Wk 14 – Artist Interview – Elaine Kwak

I actually remembered interviewing the same artist before in the past. I had some memory about her work and where it was from, but I decided to make sure and ask again. I remember that she usually draws landscapes but also does other work. The work that was at the show that day was a landscape as well. Her landscapes are from her old home in Fullerton.It is located on a hill, and she explained to me that if she goes into the backyard there is a view by a set of stairs. Her process of her artwork is by drawing from observation and then paints with the memory she has.

Anyways, drawing and painting is her specific major and she will also be graduating this year. Since she is a painter I never thought she would use something else than paint but I was surprised to be told that she lets the oil paint dry and then goes over with it in oil pastel. I’m not much of an artist, but I am guessing it does make a difference in the work. If you actually take a closer look at the painting, you can see that the material is not a smooth texture which oil paint usual is. Since she is graduating soon I asked if she had any plans. She told me that she is applying for internships and jobs. She is also working on her portfolio. I’m surprised that she is still so busy because I thought that when you are graduating that people get to have some rest and leisure time.

Also as I mentioned, she does not only work on paintings. She told me that she works on other things such as figures even though her main focus is landscapes. As an artist I think I would only want to focus on one thing but she is of course a way more talented artist so it all works out for her (:

It was a pleasure to interview you again and see your work!


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