Today we’d like to introduce you to Isadora Hale.
Isadora, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Absolutely. I was fortunate to grow up in the cultural wonderland of the San Francisco Bay Area, and doubly fortunate to have parents who encouraged me to explore and appreciate that diversity all around me. Members of our family make their livings in careers as varied as law, dance, art, business, fashion and more. It is truly an example of following your dreams but working incredibly hard to make them come true.
One of my favorite childhood memories is time spent with an encyclopedia of artists we had on the living room bookshelf. It was basically individual books dedicated to artists like Picasso, van Gogh, da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt and more, with full page images of their works and text about their lives. I could spend hours curled up on the couch pouring through those books, and that is absolutely when a love of art took firm hold of me. I still pull out those books to this day when I visit my mom’s house!
I went on to study Creative Writing and Art Studio at the University of California, Davis, during which time I also interned at an ad agency in San Francisco. Going back to the advertising industry after school was a natural next step, so my art took the form of graphic design and website development for quite a few years. I am absolutely thrilled to be back at the easel full time now, though, drawing and painting every day.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
What inspires me to create is an idea or story in my mind, and the exploration of those stories which run through every crevice of our society. What motivates people? What emotions, common suffering, frustrations or inspirations fuel us from beneath the surface image we show the world? The juxtapositions within situations and even within people themselves are fascinating to me and trying to present these concepts and explorations on the canvas in a narrative yet beautiful way is a challenge which fuels my creativity. One of my favorite tools is using humor in my paintings as a gateway to engage the viewer, although it’s not a method I use in every painting. When people view my art, I hope it inspires their curiosity and awakens their minds to the myriad of amazing possibilities and truths that exist when they look past their first impressions.
Aesthetically, if you pair my adoration of the work of the great masters with a similar appreciation for contemporary art not at all limited to tattoo art, graffiti, folk art, all kinds of performance art and on and on… you can start to get a feel for what shapes the look of my paintings. Like everybody’s work, it’s an amalgamation of all of the influences in my life.
While the above information is about my personal painting, I also have a steady flow of portrait commissions coming through my studio, both of people and pets. I find inspiration for these easy, because customers always have fabulous stories to tell me about the subjects, and the joy they share with me when they receive their portraits is absolutely fantastic. It’s a great balance for the more emotional process of creating my own pieces and rounds it all out to create a full-time career.
The sterotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
I think finding a niche is key. If there is something you do which is different than what anybody else does, that is going to make your art easier to recognize and easier to sell. This can be in style, materials or any other way you creatively distinguish your art from everything else out there.
Additionally, diversifying your offerings can be helpful. For example, in addition to my personal pieces, I paint portraits. I get as much work as I can handle that way, and I love it because I am 1) painting and 2) painting lots of pet portraits, which is super-fun to me.
If doing something like painting portraits to supplement your art income is not up your alley, and you find yourself short on income, I really don’t think there’s any harm in doing other work to generate income. It’s just important not to let the art go completely while you build up the business. Maintain a dedicated time to create art and stick to it. Working hard and working smart to achieve the dream is just as important as having the dream in the first place.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I generally have my art up in a few exhibitions at any given time. The best way to know where to see it is to go to my website at www.artbyisadora.com and look at the “Exhibits & Other Info” page for a current listing of shows. You can also find information about ordering portraits on the site, and of course I’m also always open to other custom commissions.
- Website: http://artbyisadora.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/artbyisadora
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArtByIsadora
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/artbyisadora
- Other: https://ello.co/artbyisadora
Caption for my main image: A rare, behind-the-scenes peek at the peaceful, zen ambiance of the artist’s studio!