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Meet Armida Kielty

Today we’d like to introduce you to Armida Kielty.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Since I was a child, I have always been obsessed with intensely bright colors. For example, when I was barely old enough to dress myself, I would pick out neon colored clothes to wear, whichever was the most eye-popping. For example, my mom would let me walk around Phoenix with an entire neon pink outfit including shirt, shorts, socks, hair accessories maybe even shoes. I always wanted to express myself in color, and as a kid, it was mostly through what I could wear. This was the case until I grew older and I discovered I could hold a pencil and a brush pretty well and was able to express myself in a more two dimensional way.

When I started university at Arizona State, I was given the chance to take my painting career as my full focus. Then is when I discovered how to use oil paint and play with the colors and textures that I am able to place onto a canvas. It was not just paint as a medium that I grew an appreciation for, but what I wanted to creatively capture.

For my first semester of Freshman year, my first class of the day would start at 7:30 am. I lived in central Phoenix at the time and had to drive east to Tempe every morning at 6 am. At first, the early wake-up call in the darkness of night was such a drag. But quickly I realized what an honor it was to be able to experience the sunrise every week for three months and positively fell in love with the colors the sky would change into as the city woke up.

Ever since my first semester of college, I have become devoted to painting Arizona’s famous sunrises and sunsets. Its almost my duty to solidify the morning sky onto a canvas for its beauty vanishes too quickly.

Please tell us about your art.
Currently, my more personal work ties in my interest of colorful landscapes and portraiture to create accurate portraits of the strong young women in my life.

For example, in the paintings featured in my current working series titled “My Blood,” I paint each of my female cousins who treat me like their own sister.

I am an only child, so growing up I did not have the tight companionship of a sister but had a small group of cousins who took me in and treated me like their own. I care for each of them very passionately, and by painting them, I show my appreciation for them and their struggles evolving as young women. Each painting is a love letter to my “sisters.”

The individual landscapes that I place them in are carefully thought out for their personality, such as color pallet, location in Phoenix and natural elements.

I tie in my passion for landscapes and portraiture in these paintings rather evenly as a way to be more creative and personal than just normal portraiture.

Working outside of the “My Blood” series, I have recently explored landscapes and portraits individually working with different people, and locations. My work has branched out into new mediums outside of just oil painting such as digital painting, watercolor or even egg tempera. Although I am growing as an artist, my love for color will always remain.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
The biggest challenge for an artist today could easily be the struggle to gain a following of supporters for our work.

Social media acts as a blessing and a curse for the modern artist. We can share photos and videos of our work to a more vast audience than before the use of online sharing. But because social media is so widely used, it is a necessity for artists to be constantly active online in order to become successful. If an artist does not use this tool constantly, it can be extremely difficult to grow a following of people who want to support your art.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
The best way to see my work is to follow my art Instagram which is @armida_artist. I post on it frequently with what I am currently working on.

I also have a facebook page, Armida Artist @armida.artist where I add more commentary to my work and my process.

For a more professional and organizational view of me as an artist, check out my website:

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