photo above – a self-portrait.
Today I’m excited to share with you an interview with a very interesting young artist. Luize is a sixteen years old girl from Latvia and she creates gorgeous portraits. We had a conversation about the creative life as a struggling teenager, finding your own way and inspiration, discussed how art can be not only a way of expressing yourself but also a form of therapy.
Here is the interview with Luize.
How and why have you started painting?
I have been making art for as long as I can remember. (I still have some of my drawings from when I was 3 years old). I think art has always been a way of expressing myself. I am a very anxious person, therefore when I am creating something it calms me down. I took art more seriously when I turned 14 because I discovered that you can actually make money by selling your art even if you are not a professional artist.
Is painting your main activity or do you have some other hobbies related to art?
Painting and drawing are my main hobbies related to art, but recently I have been taking part in my school’s choir and I actually enjoy it a lot!
You have a unique style. How have you developed it? Do you feel that you have found your true style or is it still changing?
Thank you! My art style has changed a lot in the past 3 years (since I started taking art more seriously). I develop my style by looking at other artists work and taking little details from them, for example, I discovered @greywick on Instagram and YouTube. Their style is very different from mine, but I liked how they used a purple/pink color to shade in. I try these little details in my drawings and if I like the outcome I change it up a little and consider it my style. I never copy others art, I only take small things from others and change them up to be my own thing.
I believe that my art style will never stop developing. Like music taste can change over time, your art style can change as well.
What inspires you the most?
I think music inspires me the most. I have a very particular taste in music. I listen to a lot of vaporwave, cloud-rap, underground or psychedelic music. Yung Lean is my main inspiration. He is a 20-year-old rapper from Sweden. He said in an interview once ”I f*ck with my fans hard, but yeah, it’s not what I do for. I do it for me. I need to get these thoughts out of my head. I’d be doing this if there was no one at my shows. It’s just my way of existing I guess”. I can relate to this quote a lot because I create art to express myself and to make myself happy.
What are your favorite artists?
I really enjoy these artists on instagram : @ryanologi @isaxxh @life_is_mmm and @cheracy. You could say that it’s because I aspire to be as good at art as they are, but it could be just because I like the things they create.
What are your hopes for the future? Are you hoping to make your art a bigger thing or is this just a hobby?
In the future, I would love to make some money off of my creations, but probably just as a side job. I love creating art, but not so much for it to be my full-time job.
Is there a certain message and meaning that you are trying to send to the world through your art? How do you feel when people interpret your art in a different way than you would expect?
I am not trying to spread any particular message with my art. I just want people to do what THEY want to do, like myself. I create what I feel and like, and that is what I want other people to do. I don’t really pay attention to those who misinterpret my art because everyone will always see something differently and not the same.
What is currently the most played song on your playlist?
My most played song has to be Jabberwocky by Panda Bear. It just has the nicest vibe to it.
If you had to use only one color for your paintings what color would you pick?
If I had to pick only one color, it would be a dusky rose, hands down my favorite color.
Where can people find your art?
People can find my art on my Instagram page @luizeart. I don’t post as much as I would like, because of school, but I am trying my hardest.
Thank you, Luize, for an interesting conversation!