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Art & Life with Selene Koster

Today we’d like to introduce you to Selene Koster.

Selene, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I have always been an artist at heart, being that little girl who would draw and paint anything that got my imagination going. As I grew up, I knew that it was what I wanted to be.

Unfortunately, it was very frowned upon by my parents, forcing me to eventually stand my ground and show them that it was what I was meant to do. It was mere happenstance that I stumbled upon the Milan Art Institute. My older sister found them through their Instagram page and suggested them to me, only to come to realize the school was just a short drive from where I lived!

I attended their info night for their Mastery Program and joined on the spot. Through their year-long program I gained the fundamentals of drawing and oil painting, and in time discovered more about myself than I ever knew. It was an amazing journey, and with the support from my husband and sisters, I graduated confidant in who I was as both an artist and individual.

I now do what I love for a living, painting what I feel and showing the world what I’m capable of!

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My art is a mixture of abstract-realism and mainly consists of mixed media oil.

I enjoy painting the curvature of animals; capturing their body language, limbs and horns to illustrate the power and strength behind them, which I find absolutely fascinating.

Sometimes artists can develop a more serious perception of painting, but I like to dance with my colors. Each splash of paint and vibrant color I add encapsulates a little bit of me, representing the excitement I feel as I face my canvas. I have found no better way to tell everyone what I’m bursting to express than through my paintings.

Overall, I paint to make people happy, and hopefully inspire the belief that anything is possible!

How do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
Success for me is found in the faces of my customers in that one twinkling moment where I can see their eyes light up. There’s no better feeling then expressing yourself in a piece of artwork, only to then see those emotions to be shared with someone else; whether it be through a public showing or when a piece finds a new home. Each painting carries a message, and just being able to sit down and discuss what a painting means to me, or hear someone else’s thoughts on a piece brings life to my work. Everyone is different, so being able to share ones raw emotions, no matter the background is a success for me and my paintings.

To quote my instructor, Elli Milan, “Paint, paint, and paint some more!” Success is made through hard work and time dedicated in what you love. It’s important as an artist to keep yourself painting, and that means creating inventory. When starting out artists often find themselves with a smaller budget, so adapting becomes essential. Paint on smaller paper pieces. Once you have around 30 pieces to show for, look for a spot to sell them publicly for the world to see.

This is what I’ve been doing, and it really does help, not only in generating sales, but also exposing your name and art to the public, which is an amazing feeling alone.

I hope to one day see an end to the stereotype of the “starving artist”. Don’t let others talk you down from chasing your dreams. It is possible to make a living doing something you love and are meant to do.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
People can see my work through various means, either through my website, www.selenekoster.com, my Instagram, or Facebook accounts. The best way to reach me is by direct messaging me on either Facebook or Instagram, or simply commenting on my posts! I love getting to know my fans, and seeing their love and support means the world to me.

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Image Credit:
Jensen Bailey
Selene Koster

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