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Art & Life with Yoli Kunst

Today we’d like to introduce you to Yoli Kunst.

Yoli, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I have loved art ever since I can remember. Unfortunately, I never took an art class until I got to college. I ended up getting a bachelors in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Painting. Soon after graduation though, I started a family with my husband and decided to put all my effort into being a mom. I would occasionally hold an informal art class here or there, but nothing really serious. It is only lately, now that my kids are older that I am able to really concentrate on my art and teaching.

Currently, I am teaching an after-school art program at Arizona School for the Arts in downtown Phoenix. I love teaching and bringing visual arts to the kids every day. As for my personal art, I am building up my portfolio and hoping to become more involved in the local art community.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My work in college was all expressionistic landscapes. I still hold that foundation in much of my work today. I have moved on from oil painting to acrylics and mixed media. Much of my inspiration comes from color palettes and textures from my travels. I begin with taking lots of photos wherever I go; places from far away or even a walk from a local hike. I use these photographs to gather information and inspiration for the direction I want my artwork to go. It is in these daily sessions that I am able to connect to my inspirational travel adventures. I love feeling the paint on my hands and watching the colors meld together on the canvas. Mixed media is my own personal soiree. I love being around all of these colorful media and each day holds a new conversation.

How do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
The definition of artistic success has changed many times over the years. It used to mean being able to make a living through art. Now, it is simply that I am happy and proud with the work I am creating. These feelings create confidence, and confidence is huge in an artistic journey. I hope that I can teach my students to learn to have confidence in their work.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My work is available on my website, I also post behind the scenes on Instagram and Twitter, @yolikunst

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Image Credit:
Image Credit for photo of me taking a photograph: Miles Nussdorfer

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