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RTISTS SUMMER Edition MAY 2018

Chief Editor/Writing Contributor

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CONTRIBUTORS

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Concept and Inspiration Artist Anita Tiwary Pg 8

Splendid Ink and Pastel By Artist Kusum Sharma Pg 30

Expressive Figurative By Artist Sharmi Dey Pg 42

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In search of “Self” By Artist Vaishali Rajapurkar Pg 58

Metamorphosis By Artist Shivani Garg Pg 84

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Redding Area Fine Artist Sharon Crabill Pg 68

Music and Art By Musician and Artist Elize Kaisser Pg 100

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Creativity Creativity – a narrative of infinite passion, sweet and sour memories, dreams of the distant future. Creativity is exploring timelessness, the present always mingled with past and future, and is all about rebellion of a free spirit an expression of freedom more than love. Sangeeta Gupta (Author & Poetess)

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Editor’s Letter

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Dear Readers As the Editor, observing the interview projects unfold, I was completely floored by the time, attention, and consideration the artists offered to me.These interviews were an outcome of my inspirational talks with them. They represent our Art community at its finest. The careful, reflective responses from the artists make me proud and glad. While the Artist Interviews created unique, lasting learning experiences, it was only possible because an amazing group of talented, dedicated, and thoughtful artists around the world offered their time and attention. With my deepest gratitude and profound respect for the contributing artists. I welcome all the readers around the world, to delve into another edition of this magnificent potpourri of Art. I hope you will enjoy reading these interviews, especially the words of the artists themselves.

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I get inspiration from dreamy composition and otherworldly landscapes that can be found on earth. Anita Tiwary

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Renowned Artist Anita Tiwary wishes to convey to the mankind through her paintings a more relaxed and peaceful life from the daily grind to pause and to breathe naturally, to repose and to meditate. Her paintings are imbued with spirituality, a sense of timeless and transcended connection with nature. It encompasses humanity, passion, peace, and love. Her Approach is not a direct rendering of a place but a reaction and evocation of how she feels and relates to the surroundings. The paintings may appear abstract but all of them are filtered through unconscious to the conscious with new sights, lights, and textures with layers of colors and forms. Her abstract work is an amalgamation of the two forms- abstract and representational, where one is left free to interpret whatever one wishes to as well as make a connection, using the interplay of light color shapes and perspective .Her figurative works are an exploration of automatic drawing and the involvement of the unconscious in the work. The textural lines are spontaneous, experimental and chance to happen to guide the work. The dream world gives an unimaginable cosmos with the added benefit of the inner voyage which thrills our soul with a new mystery, magic, and wonder. The free-flowing lines represent universal balance as we are all connected emotionally to what is around us. Artist Anita Tiwary has participated in numerous group art shows and has over 5 solo shows in India and abroad to her credit. She was Awarded Research Grant, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi (1986-1987) and has done M.A. Art Criticism, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in 1983 and B.F.A. (Painting) Faculty of Visual Arts Banaras hindu University in 1980. She was awarded “LIBER ARTE “Gold Diploma, Certificate, Hungary in 2012. She was Awarded 1st Prize at Third Annual Art Exhibition of working Artists of Varanasi, India in 1981 for her brilliant contribution to the world .

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STAR: When and where were you born? Tell us about your background. Where did your life as an artist begin? ANITA TIWARY: I was born in New Delhi, India in 1959 though brought up in the holy city of Varanasi. Its spirituality inspires me till today. I remember the art practices I used to visit ghats of holy river Ganga. I used to spend hours there practicing landscapes, people, animals, noticing and listening to the holy rituals and chanting of the priest at the ghats. All these things have given me spiritual bent of mind that my concepts are based on peace, harmony, and love. I live in New Delhi and my surroundings inspire me as it is a cosmopolitan city with many artists working here. It’s challenging which brings energy to my work. I have family, friends and fellow artists who encourage me psychologically. Communicating with them strengthens my beliefs that art is the mirror of the society.

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My journey of creativity started due to my father who spotted my drawings when I was in 3rd standard. Next day I saw an art tutor coming for me. By 8th standard, I released that art is the goal of my life. My father encouraged my decision of taking admission in Fine Arts.

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STAR: Which artists inspire you? What is the source of inspiration? ANITA TIWARY: My journey started a walk within of knowing my own self. My search for the known, unknown and beyond for an eternity reflects in my Soulscapes, Abstract representation, and Dream narratives. I get inspiration from dreamy composition and otherworldly landscapes that can be found on earth.

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STAR: Why are you so passionate about ART? ANITA TIWARY: I am passionate about art, not only weaving it, meditating it but also spreading it, appreciating it and learning it. This is where I feel alive. It is the main outlet of my dreams, storytelling, the source of communication and connection with my inner self which all intersects. It’s my oxygen. It energizes me and keeps me in a flow state.


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RTISTS STAR: How do you go about the planning and beginning work on a painting? How important are balance and tension? Do you use any form of dynamic symmetry or similar in your abstracts? ANITA TIWARY: My process allows me to go beyond the earthly limits and wander into secret realms to share this mystery through my paintings. My thought process is spontaneous, experimental and chances to happen to guide the work. I also make thumbnail sketches while traveling. They needn’t take too long but can be of great importance, to create art to document the world. My experience of the soul requires time to be fully present to the details of our lives to explore a whole new perspective on what living is all about and not allowing The Clock and The Calendar to bind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and a mystery. Therefore the soul cannot be hurried or harried. It is the connection of the human experience with the natural world. I communicate with my works and gradually come to know when I am at the finishing point. STAR: Describe a situation in which you were able to effectively ‘read’ another person and guide your actions by your understanding of their individual needs or values as an artist. ANITA TIWARY: I constantly hear, listen and read my daughter’s mind and give advice and encourage them in their creative fields as a mother and artist.

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STAR: What mediums do you work in and why? ANITA TIWARY: I enjoy experimenting with different methods of paint application and exploring new techniques between colors and forms. To explore further into the realm I work in watercolor, mix-media, and acrylics like different seasons and flavors. I create textures in my works for the visual interpretation as there are many layers to even one thought.

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RTISTS STAR: What obstacles do you face in making and exhibiting your work? ANITA TIWARY: I believe there are always obstacles in life but the solution is to keep transforming yourself. All it takes is a little mind-bending. Everything in the Life comes for you, to teach you something. STAR: Give an example of an important goal that you set in the past. Tell about your success in reaching it.

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STAR: You weave stories within your dreams and represent them on your canvas. Can you tell us more about it? ANITA TIWARY: My dreams are like the little dramas in my mind transcending everyday world and social reality. Weaving Dreams are inspired by my surroundings and traveling. I experiment with space by using layered forms, figures, and multiple irregular perspectives. The dream world gives an unimaginable cosmos with an added benefit of an inner voyage which thrills our soul with the new mystery, magic, and wonder. The free-flowing lines represent universal balance as we are all connected emotionally to what is around us.

ANITA TIWARY: I always wanted to create my own individual style which distinguishes me from other artists, and what keeps my work looking professional, cohesive and focused. A style is not just about the way your artwork looks- the concept, motivation, or purpose behind the creation of the artwork also matters. I want to further say that if an artist finds a style that works, it doesn’t mean it ends there forever. For me constantly reinventing, experimenting and pushing new ideas into something new is the tune of my soul with the purest part of me.

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STAR: What are your favorite works you have created? Can you explain us 2- 3 works and the thought process behind them? ANITA TIWARY: Talks to Heaven series-There are innumerable forms of life which synthesize the soul and body in different permutation and combinations. For me is to turn towards the inner light and music that one has received from God, and move to a more and more complete interiority which leads one to the vision of reality the second layer for views to open if they so wish. I want to give touches of mystical encounters through my paintings as one experience in communion with nature and God and our fellow beings. This mystic quest of mine is to bring peace of mind and purity of soul through supreme union with divine reality, a goal to which all human beings aspire, therefore, serve as a lighthouse, a universe which has a beautiful form or shapes with an extremely bright light and ethereal beauty. Then life can be simply a dance, a celebration, a continuous celebration. Dream Narratives (In Communion 2, Dreams passing in the night, Talking with dreams etc) My figurative works is an exploration of involvement of the unconscious mind. Figurative art is also a wonderful art of humanity. We relate to each other through body languages more so than speech. Therefore, each hand and body gesture tells its own story. I experiment with space by using layered forms, figures, and multiple irregular perspectives. I dream of one social system as the source of creation is the same for all of us with no discrimination of caste, color or gender. My works explore events collective identity, ideology, and sociology from the notions of memories and experiences. The textural lines are spontaneous, experimental and chance to happen to guide the work.

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STAR: What is your average day like? ANITA TIWARY: Being a freelance artist, time is not a foundation for me whether it is day or night I paint. My studio practice is commonly free of any pressure of the outside world. I also listen to old melodies on my Saregama Caravan. STAR: What other forms of creativity do you like? ANITA TIWARY: Cooking for me is spiritual, versatile & meditative. I try new recipes to the old cuisines. While cooking I get so many answers to my creative process that one day while cooking watermelon curry it transported me to make a painting on watermelon dreams.

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STAR: Any other advice for artists trying to get established? My advice about creativity is To keep the door open to anything that can come in as inspiration.  Learn all the different aspects of art.  If you are passionate about your art, it gives you strength to work hard and creates situations that you never imagined.  Be gracious and keep in touch. STAR: Please tell us about your training in painting ANITA TIWARY: I was Awarded Research Grant from Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi (1986-1987). M.A. Art Criticism from the Maharaja Saysjirao University of Baroda in 1983.B.F.A. (Painting) Faculty of Visual Arts Banaras Hindu Unive


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STAR: What is your favorite experience as an artist? ANITA TIWARY: Down the memory lane in 2007 respected Mr. Ebrahim Alkazi sponsored my exhibition at Art Heritage Gallery, New Delhi. I was fortunate to listen to his experiences in contemporary art and theatre. I also had an opportunity to meet Mr. Imre Szakacs (president of the European Federation of Artists Colonies, Hungary) during my art camp in Goa. STAR: What is your inspiration for the series of paintings? ANITA TIWARY: Nature is the biggest creative source of inspiration to me as it gives me many fold expressions to visualize and execute.

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STAR: Who are your current art inspirations? Do you look to other contemporary artist’s work during your artistic process?

ANITA TIWARY: Art has a seamless fabric of spiritual, physical and cultural threads.

ANITA TIWARY: My current art inspirations are Tyeb Mehta, Syed Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi, Ebrahim Alkazi, Tony Cragg, Francis Bacon, Neo Rauch, Frank Philip Stella, etc

I Dream of one world, one family intermingling with each other in peace & harmony. STAR: What are you currently working on? How much do the subject and composition evolve during the painting process? Could you say something about your painting process? ANITA TIWARY: I am currently working on Dream narratives. My paintings are the thread of my inner journey. These dreams are a stimulating play connecting the spiritual and creative self with clarity and joy. My process is intuitive as well as spontaneous, weaving together the images, narratives and my personal insights. Sometimes these episodes are events and situations in a time sequence like snapshots of events experienced in life. I focus on these elements of dreams to communicate the tapestry of life. These strands are woven into a narrative form to tell a story in a dreamscape.

I get inspiration from dreamy composition and other outward landscapes that can be found on earth. STAR: Why did you prefer the color palette reflected in your work? How do you attain the textural concepts and which tools help you achieve them in your works? ANITA TIWARY: I enjoy working with all kinds of brushes as to create some innovative textures and tones as there are innumerable combinations of patterns and textures in nature which I want to capture and depict. These textures give tonal value, movement and patterns of light and perspectives to my paintings. I like to layer and lift the paint onto the canvas while maintaining the beauty, purity, and tones of various colors. STAR: What style of art would you classify your work? ANITA TIWARY: My style is Dream narratives and abstract representational art. STAR: How did your artworks become famous? ANITA TIWARY: I sell my works in India and abroad but I don’t earn a living from my artwork otherwise I will start producing the artwork that will earn me a living. My aim is to become an art historical significance.

I understand the concept and value of time that makes me paint in order to achieve my goals with full potential. Waking up early around 5 am to paint as it is the highest creativity time and before going to bed, I ask what growth I have given myself today.

STAR: Could you tell us some interesting facts about your life? ANITA TIWARY: I read books for my growth on spirituality and art. It inspires me to work on the truth of life and lessons of life. I love traveling solo as the world is full of interesting people, beautiful landscapes, incredible cuisines, visiting artist studios, soulful music, different culture.

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STAR: What’s integral to the work of an artist? ANITA TIWARY: Passion and Visibility. STAR: What role does the artist have in society? ANITA TIWARY: They are creative contributors to the political, economic and social system.

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Hazel-Acrylic on canvas A Self taught artist Sharmi Dey’s works reflect vivid, bright colors which stand out from each other bordered by sharp, clear outlines which give the images an almost Cubist effect. Strong, clearcut borders and subtle, semi-abstract shading give a depth to the seemingly simple sketches which make up each figure. A similar effect is seen in the backdrops, which contain very few figures and colors but are given extra dimension and texture with the help of highlights and shadow Artist Sharmi Dey did her graduation in business management and later pursued to do her masters in the same subject. She has participated in few group Art shows in India and Abroad, like the Dubai Art Fair.

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RTISTS STAR: Where did your life as an artist begin? Which artists inspire you? What is the source of inspiration? SHARMI DEY: Kolkata.Well, I am not a born artist. But the city of joy helped me to achieve the tag as an artist. Inspiration is a very curious idea. “I never pursued art. Instead, art pursued me since childhood. As a kid, I was quite passionate about it, but as time and expectations took lead, I ended up doing an MBA with decent grades. It somehow didn’t satisfy or complete my perspective of living. I felt lost and always wanted to do something which I was passionate about. And then it happened! The moment where I realized I could turn towards a canvas and sketch my heart out. I could clearly define that moment. It was loud enough to tell me that this is what is I can do for the rest of my life. I then started training myself in the field, attended shows and have learned the technicalities from few renowned artists. Every time I paint it shows who I am and my art language is that of a human heart. I have attended a few exhibitions in Kolkata Dubai Chennai as well.

STAR: How do you go about the planning and beginning work on a painting? How important are balance and tension? SHARMI DEY: The planning was different for me. Being a daughter parents fix a regular plan. School, college job/no job then get married. My dad wanted to see me as a corporate woman. He decided my whole career. after passing out my school I went for admission to the academy of fine arts in Kolkata. He hasn’t accepted my decision and told to study BBA then MBA... well I accepted his decision and completed my college. But destiny, while studying I kept on painting n learning too. I started marketing my works through online portals n exhibiting them as well. My first exhibition was held at “EMAMI CHISEL” Art gallery.

STAR: Why are you so passionate about ART?

STAR: What is your average day like?

SHARMI DEY: Art is all about passion, it enables pure freedom of expression the way you want. In childhood, I doodled almost everywhere I could reach my hand. The process of implementing my ideas in canvas gives me satisfaction.

SHARMI DEY: Just a year married, so new life

STAR: What are you working on now, and what are your plans for the future? SHARMI DEY: Plans! It doesn’t work for me. Life always surprises me. I am still working on evaluating my works on online portals worldwide. Being a self-taught artist is a struggle where wellknown artists are rising in huge. I want to exhibit more, learn n showcase them to people who love art.

STAR: What mediums do you work in and why? SHARMI DEY: Acrylic and pastels. They are amazingly pigmented. I love to play with opaque colors on canvas.

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STAR: Please tell us about your training in painting. SHARMI DEY: I am a self-taught artist. But I

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STAR: Why did you prefer the color palette reflected in your work? SHARMI DEY: Color balancing is very important for a beautiful painting as you balance your life.

STAR: What is your favorite experience as an artist? SHARMI DEY: world art Dubai was an amazing experience.

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STAR: What is your inspiration for the series of paintings? SHARMI DEY: This is a question I would like to answer in a varied notion than generally expected - my biggest inspiration is no person, but is rather a life by itself. The life of the people and the intense blend of emotions they stir within themselves is something that inspires me and my paintings. My paintings try to introspect the same, sometimes wanders with the thoughts of a youthful girl as me and sometimes the ritualistic pleasures that our Indian homes cherish. So to be candid, I can very well quote, my inspiration is you.

STAR: How have you been so successful with marketing and selling your art? SHARMI DEY: My MBA degree helped me a lot in marketing my works showcasing online. through social media, it helped me a lot to implement in my process. different online art galleries helped me to go ahead for selling my works worldwide.


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STAR: What style of art would you classify your work? SHARMI DEY: I love to explore and experiment with colors and figures as per my imagination. Contemporary child art is my specification based on acrylic vibrant colors. My paintings are generally vivid and abstract. If the viewer sees it thoroughly, he may relate it to the ongoing conflicts in human mind. Through my paintings, I usually convey various emotions of mind in their unconstrained form. Me, as an artist expertise on painting figurative art, each painting are usually bright and colorful. They are well structured and possess definitive boundaries. Through the use of different shapes, colors and textures, feelings and emotions are shown in their raw form.

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STAR: How does the social and political climate in your country and around the world impact your artistic expression? SHARMI DEY: All the art is political in the sense that it engages society in. They have their own perception and their feedback is important. I understand how difficult to raise yourself being an artist. But now a lot of platforms have given hope to the struggling artist.

STAR: What are you currently working on? How much do the subject and composition evolve during the painting process? Could you say something about your painting process? SHARMI DEY: Once I sketch the character, I can imagine the whole painting. Currently, I am working on abstract on figures. STAR: What role does the artist have in society? SHARMI DEY: An artist can lead, uplift and provoke with their work.

STAR: Who are your current art inspirations? Do you look to other contemporary artist’s work during your artistic process? SHARMI DEY: Few Indian artists are my favorite. yes, I go around through different art patterns.it helps me to learn.from youtube,insta,FB. STAR: Can you give suggestions to the upcoming artist? SHARMI DEY: Don’t let your creativity dry spell and stop you from creativity. It’s a gift. Explore it

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Bhopal and works as a professional visual artist. Dr.Kusumlata Sharma received her Ph.D degree in Fine arts. She was born in Gwalior and has her entire education in art fraternity. She has exhibited her works in various group art exhibitions and has many solo shows to her credit. She is currently working as a professor in an art institution in Bhopal. She has won various awards like National silver Plaque award for her excellence in art. Artist Dr.Kusum Sharma renders beautiful impeccable intricate details of the flora and fauna through her miniature paintings which are sheer wonder to the viewer and leave us spell bound with her vast choice of the subjects captured so beautifully in her works of art..She rather uses few colors to express herself . The paintings are very illustrative and therefore lend themselves well to interpretations of stories.

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RTISTS STAR: Tell us about your color palette. Which color schemes and preferences you apply and how often do you find them contemplating enough to reach your desired goal in your artistic process. Dr.KUSUM: I love to use various colors .I have no particular preferences .I like to work on the tonal values more.

STAR: Your work is noted for its strong design of complex subjects. Do you make small preliminary roughs or value studies? Dr.KUSUM: Yes,I always do have a vision before I create .But I do not plan anything specifically .They happen naturally and it is like a meditation to me when I paint ,draw and create.

STAR: Lines are very noticeable in your artworks. Why lines and what emotional effect do the lines create? Dr. KUSUM: I give lots of importance to directional lines and flow, maybe this traces back to my embroidery design background, but I feel I can be most comfortable and fluid using this method of drawing.

STAR: How would you conceptualize the thought and how do you start your work? Can you tell us about your painting process a bit? Dr.KUSUM: I am very passionate about miniatures. My style painting is very illustrative and therefore lends itself well to interpretations of stories. That with the right impressions and lighting the smallest things can be brought to life. I like being able to fully manipulate the scene before me to create precisely what is in my mind, and I also like symbols as icons, both present and unattainable.

STAR: I have noticed that you choose strong subjects to create art. What do you look forward to, when you are settling for the potential subject matter. What is most integral to the work of an artist?

Dr.KUSUM: My artworks are miniature.My paintings are based on specific subjects . My style is symbolic which is described as a miniature.it has a fusion of symbols and abstracts. I have painted a lot of works on the subjects such as the city, water, hyacinth, lake city, the city at night, threads of life, birth and many more which I am currently working upon. I feel it’s everything. Connecting on a deep spiritual level has seen me through the enormous tumult. It also STAR: Is there a symbolic imagery in prompts a great flow of ideas. And your artworks? appreciation. For all the richness I get to experience every day . Dr.KUSUM: Yes there is a lot of personal symbolism in the work, these STAR: Art carries with it the energy normally derive from experiences of the artist. What are your thoughts outside the studio and are a way to on this statement with regard to your align everyday life with the work I work? produce in the studio. Dr.KUSUM: Every single creative act is a personal one. I don’t believe art can be created without the artist fully immersed in it.

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STAR: How has our society influenced your art. Do you draw inspiration from any other resources? Who inspire you? What is your source of inspiration? Every artist has their own unique style of working to bring out their creativity in their work, what style or information is that which you intend to project through your Paintings. Dr.KUSUM: I think it was more the culture, society, and nature itself that most influenced me… All this gave me a new outlook, a new way of thinking. The series “Hyacinth” reflects both my aesthetic and thematic interests. Expressionism is of great importance to me. In my own painting, I like to get out the most direct feelings, the strongest expressions. STAR: What do you see as the role of the artist in society? Dr.KUSUM: The artist can be many things, one who documents, one who enlightens and amuses, and one who provides an escape route from the mundane.I want to send a message to the society through my paintings about preservation of nature and impact of pollution .

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STAR: There are many problems in the society and we need to solve the problem. An artist can help the society in finding the solution to the problem through his artwork. Do you believe so and how far have you been successful in this aspect? Dr.KUSUM: In my water Hyacinth series, I have painted urbanization relating to hyacinth. The beautiful forms of hyacinth in the pond reflect sunshine during the day but as the water is getting polluted by the weed, the air too is getting polluted by the rapid development in the society be it be construction or industrial development . STAR: Thankyou for sharing your wonderful insights with us.I appreciate you!

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My life has been a roller coaster ride of a broad spectrum of experiences. These experiences have enriched me and enhanced my work . My children have been my success story! Vaishali Rajapurkar

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Vaishali Rajapurkar is an eminent artist from Pune, India. Her paintings are captivating to the eye as she conceptually surprises us with the flashback of times ,history and the present aesthetically. After completing her education, she trained under various renowned artists. She has been painting professionally for the last 15 years. She also now owns an art gallery in Pune called Paint Box Art Gallery where she teaches art and conducts other art related activities and workshops such as art appreciation, Tanjore, pottery, and so on. She holds a diploma in fine arts, a diploma in fashion designing IITC Pune and a bachelor in arts from Delhi University. She has won awards and has several solo and group art shows to her credit. We find her reflections are a lot more interesting . Abstracting on these reflections of what she expresses through her compositions seem multidimentional. Her paintings have an overall effect.Lasting Impressions are created as the way we see lights and the color movement through the canvas as brilliant brush strokes. This tactility evokes a “need to touch� component from the viewer. Hard work and passion flow through her stimulating artworks.

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STAR: When did you become an artist? Why are you so passionate about ART? VAISHALI.R: I don’t think I became an artist at any one point. I was I think born with it, I remember myself drawing, doodling or painting from a very young age. In fact, all my textbooks were always covered with sketches of faces. Faces have always fascinated, portraits have been one of my favorite topics to draw and paint. I don’t think I consciously became an artist, art chose me.

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STAR: What are you working on now, and what are your plans for the future? VAISHALI.R: I am at this point experimenting with techniques I have not handled yet. My aim is to amalgamate these art forms such as Ebro, fluid acrylics, inks etc. Some experiments have been successful, some not. But perseverance pays are what I have learned. STAR: What mediums do you work in and why? VAISHALI.R: I have worked with oils and acryl¬ics. But I prefer acrylics as I feel it is a versatile medium. It dries quickly and can be worked over if needed.

STAR: What obstacles do you face in making and exhibiting your work? VAISHALI.R: The difficult part for an artist is organizing an exhibition because that needs a dif¬ferent set of skills. Marketing and selling are not every artist’s cup of tea. I feel there is an immense market for agents who can do the organizing and selling. STAR: What are your favourite works you have created? VAISHALI.R: All my works are my like my children and therefore it is difficult to pinpoint or any choose one.


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STAR: Any other advice for artists trying to get established?

VAISHALI.R: The difficult part for an artist is organizing an exhibition because that needs a different set of skills. Marketing and selling are not every artist’s cup of tea. I feel there is an immense market for agents who can do the organizing and selling.

VAISHALI.R: Upcoming artists need to be patient and persistent.

STAR: What are your favourite works you have created? VAISHALI.R: All my works are for me like my children and therefore it is difficult to pinpoint or any choose one.

STAR: Please tell us about your training in painting VAISHALI.R: I have been sketching and painting ever since I can remember but got involved seriously post marriage. I did a diploma in Pune, but the practical training that I received from senior artists actually helped me in honing my talent. The discussions and exchange of ideas where I feel of more use to me than sitting in a classroom.

STAR: How does the social and political climate in your country and around the world impact your artistic expression? VAISHALI.R: More than the political the social environment seems to affect me more. My series .The deserted village was an outcome of the pathetic state of our villages, with the mass exodus of villagers to the cities for a better life. In the bargain, the rural Areas which are the mainstay of any country were being neglected. If a country had to prosper the villages need to be nurtured. My other series reviving the fresco: old meets new is my way of creating awareness that our rich heritage of art needs to be protected.

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STAR: Why did you prefer the colour palette reflected in your work? VAISHALI.R: I don’t have a specific colour palette, my palette depends on my theme or my mood. STAR: What is your favourite experience as an artist? VAISHALI.R: I am happiest when I am painting, so creating is my favourite experience each time STAR: How have you been so successful with marketing and selling your art? VAISHALI.R: Though marketing and selling are not my strong point I have managed to sell through exhibitions and online.

STAR: How did your art works become fa¬mous? VAISHALI.R: I feel I still have a long way to go, but whatever success of fame that I have received has been Because of my sincerity towards my art. STAR: Some interesting facts about your life that you would like to share with us? VAISHALI.R: My life has been a roller coaster ride of a broad spectrum of experiences. These experiences have enriched me and enhanced my work .My children have been my success story.

STAR: Who are your current art inspirations? Do you look to other contemporary artist’s work during your artistic process? You draw a lot of your inspiration from history and the old world. Can you share your process for creating a piece based on such inspiration? VAISHALI.R: When I am not painting I do a lot of research on other artists, I try to look beyond their paintings and try and decipher their thought process, this helps me a lot in my process of creation. I am experimenting with new techniques in the hope of amalgamating them to create a new body of work. I am more adventurous and I look to unconventional mediums and subjects for inspiration .So far the journey is the key to keeping true to my heart, which is constantly looking for new challenges. I am inspired by my surroundings, by observing nature, people, even a smell or a sound can inspire me. As for other artists inspiring me, I am moved by any work that awakens my senses, be it an established artist or a completely unknown one.

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STAR: What style of art would you classify your work? Please enlighten us about your series “The deserted Village”.and “Pure Love “ VAISHALI.R: I feel that me being versatile is my asset, and my reluctance to being classified is something I feel strongly about. The deserted Village is my latest series of acrylic paintings. These paintings have been inspired by the appalling condition of rural India. Our villages are the mainstay of our country or any country for that matter. For any country to prosper their villages need to progress and the exodus from the villages need to be halted. On the personal front, the passing away of my loved one left me feeling so abandoned and deserted that those emotions got translated into these paintings and was a cathartic process in more than way.

STAR: What’s integral to the work of an artist? VAISHALI.R: As with any profession, one has to be sincere, persevering, hardworking and true to oneself. Learning and practicing your art is mandatory. The day you feel you have learned all is beginning of the end.

STAR: Can you please give some suggestions to an upcoming artist? VAISHALI.R: An upcoming artist needs to expand their horizons, read a lot in general, and keep an open mind. Have a dialogue with other artists. These are just some of the things an upcoming artist can do.

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“Through painting and other artistic endeavors, I have developed a lifelong love of art. Painting the light is my challenge and passion. My basic life goal is to paint, paint, paint.� Sharon Crabill

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Fine Artist Sharon Crabill was born and raised in Southern California. She moved to Redding in 1988 and is pleased to be part of the growing community of artists in Shasta County. “I am strongly influenced by the Hudson River School. I love the airy feel Albert Bierstadt gives his paintings and the serene atmosphere of Asher B. Durand, while Jasper Francis Cropsey transports me to a distant land in time. It is a combination of these wonderful artists (just to name a few) that push me to capture that moment in time when I visit the wonders of nature here in Northern California. I push myself to see with artist eyes so others see through my paintings not just a vision, but the feeling of being one with nature.” Sharon has studied painting and design at Shasta College. She has also studied figure drawing and 3-D design at the University of South Alabama. She has enjoyed workshops and private lessons as well. She paints in both acrylic and oils, and works with color pencils. Sharon likes to experiment with color, different mediums and a variety subject matter. Sometimes the interpretation of her subject matter is as quite as a whisper, and at other times, it is as loud as a shout. Even though she is a landscape artist, she also enjoys still life painting as well as plein air. “It is through this mix of mediums and subject matter that I find I can grow as an artist. I am currently enjoying the rich, buttery feel of oils and the luminous quality it gives my art. Painting for me is a journey and with each brush stroke I feel the urge to just let the painting be what it needs to be. I feel most inspired when a painting takes on its own playful quality of light and dark.” Sharon Crabill has participated in various art events and gallery shows throughout Northern California. She has received an award through the Women’s Refuge for a book cover design and has also created the book cover art design for Bobbie G’s book “The Choice”. You are welcome to visit Sharon at her website: www.sharonsartsite.com 69


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STAR: As a landscape painter what makes you feel happier, working in your studio or outdoors? How much do you work from life and how much do you work from photographs? SHARON CRABILL: I usually produce at least one painting a week. I call it “brush time”. I work from life as often as possible, setting up a weekly still life or going out plein air painting. But I also relish my studio paintings. Studio paintings are done from photographs. Because there are so many beautiful places in nature to visit the North State, I have many photos of woods, and rivers and waterfalls. In my studio pieces, I hope to share my outdoor experiences and my affection towards nature. I have been known to take up to three months to complete a studio piece. STAR: How do you go about the planning and beginning work on a painting? SHARON CRABILL: Whether I am starting a landscape for at studio painting, setting up a still life or going out to plein air paint, I start by studying my composition. Once I am set on that, I quickly block in my painting in neutral colors. I am keenly aware of my placement of lights and darks and where I want to lead the viewer. Then once I am satisfied with what is happening I can begin painting. STAR: What other forms of creativity do you like? SHARON CRABILL: Cooking and gardening are favorite past times. I believe my creative energies flow easily from my palette to my life. Whether it is putting together a flavorful meal or planting fresh spring flowers, color is always on my mind. My goal is to create beauty in all things I do.

STAR: What is the best part about working with Oil medium? Which other media you prefer to work with. SHARON CRABILL: Oil painting is by far my favorite medium to work with. I love the buttery feel as it glides across my canvas. The colors are rich and vibrant yet can be soft or subtle. They lend a beautiful element to my painting style as I continue to grow as a fine art painter. I try to keep a sketchbook too. Sketching for me is like keeping a journal. I may do a sketch from life, a quick doodle of just abstract shapes or a simple scribble of an idea. I use many mediums in my sketchbooks ranging from charcoal, pencil, pen, and ink, or watercolor pens. It just depends on my mood. I also do Essence paintings. These are done with acrylics. They are a blend of spirit and artistic energy. They are commission only.

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making and exhibiting your work? SHARON CRABILL: Life seems to be my greatest obstacle. Actually, my only obstacle is really myself. Painting takes discipline. I have days when I really do not want to go out to the studio, but I tell myself it is my job to get out there and paint. Exhibiting is my biggest weakness. The left side of my brain doesn’t want to be bothered by all the details. Often I miss deadlines and events. I am a great procrastinator. I always think there will be time, but as we know, “time waits for no one”.

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SHARON CRABILL: I live on a beautiful hillside in the woods, so every morning I get to see the sunrise and/or watch the clouds move across the sky. It is a grand way to start the day watching as the world wakes up. I journal every day and try to get in some meditation time as well. I have a meditation area set up in my studio. Because I do weekly paintings, I am always thinking about what to paint next. Household items are always handy as well as food. I walk around daily focusing on items with artist’s eyes. I examine shapes and values and work at choosing how to make an ordinary object extraordinary.

STAR: What are you currently working on? How much do the subject and composition evolve during the painting process? Could you say something about your painting process? SHARON CRABILL: Currently, I am working on reviving a failed plein air piece. I went out this winter and ran very short on time. I have carried with me that memory of sitting in front of a waterfall marveling at the reduced amount of water in winter, whereas in the spring it is double in size. Now as a studio piece, I am making corrections and adjustments to my composition. It is rare for me to rework a plein air piece. Usually what is done out in the field is done or it is no longer a plein air painting. Luckily I have the light and the energy of the fall already in place and I just need to finish the painting. I am also working on a few quick studies of trees. Being a landscape painter, I paint trees, lots of trees. Trees reach out, they reach up, and they twist and turn. It is spring and leaves are budding out everywhere, vibrant and green. Part of painting trees is observation. As an artist, it is always a challenge to put a three-dimensional object on a two-dimensional canvas. There is a difference here between painting a study and painting a sketch. My waterfall painting has a foreground, middle ground, and a background, while my tree studies may just be a branch or a cluster of leaves. The process for the two is different in composition but always starts the same way, with observation. When painting from life, I strive to paint what I see.

STAR: Why did you prefer the color palette reflected in your work? SHARON CRABILL: My husband recently made the comment that most of my paintings are done in blues and greens. And of course, these are my favorite colors. The sky, the earth, fields, rivers, mountains, and lakes reflect my palette: the rich earth tones associated with these places. It is the earth’s energy and beauty that brings me my passion to paint. STAR: What is your inspiration for the series of paintings? SHARON CRABILL: The paintings I submitted show my love of the outdoors and of nature. My inspiration is to capture that moment in time, to smell the grass, hear the rush of water or just bask in quite sunshine. It is my intention to share these precious moments with my viewer.

STAR: How have you been so successful with marketing and selling your art? SHARON CRABILL: I market my art through Facebook and word of mouth. I also have a website: sharonsartsite.com. I show my art in the local gallery and currently have my work up in a program called, “Art in Public Places.” I have also shown in a few juried shows. I am working towards entering more art competitions. Marketing for me is the hardest part of being a working artist. I have much gratitude for each and every sale I make.

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STAR: What style of art would you classify your work? SHARON CRABILL: I would classify my work as being “realistic impressionism “. STAR: How did your artworks become famous? SHARON CRABILL: I am not sure I can say I am famous, but I am getting a name for myself as a “fine artist”. I believe this is due to my persistence and dedication to painting.

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STAR: Could you tell us some interesting facts about your life? SHARON CRABILL: I grew up with a twin brother. He was the more adventuresome of the two of us. But he also encouraged me to step beyond my comfort zone and try new experiences. Being a twin I think we shared a special bond not all brothers and sisters have. It was through him that I developed my love of nature and being outdoors. I still love to hike and kayak and my favorite place to be is the ocean. I also adopted my grandson. He is a wonderful young man. I have raised him since he was 2 years old. He is now 15. As my husband says, raising him has kept us young. His artistic talent is music. Whether it is piano or guitar, my house is filled with music.


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STAR: What role does the artist have in society?

SHARON CRABILL: I think an integral aspect of the work of being an artist is to keep an open mind and never stop growing. Art is about self-expression. Everyone’s art is personal to them. I believe we should be a non-judgment to all art genres. Because of this belief, I can see and appreciate many styles of art, even though they may be different than the way I paint. And with exposure comes growth.

SHARON CRABILL: I believe artists have many roles in society. Some artists may be reaching out to express political views. Some artists may be more philosophical expressing themselves with more abstract views or ideals. Some just want to make this a more beautiful place. And some like me want to instill awe and wonder. Much like historians, we all tell a story. This is life now and this is real. And hopefully, sometime in the distant future, our art will relay our story.

STAR: Sharon Crabill ,Thank you so much for talking with us. You are truly the embodiment of “creativity with purpose” and we couldn’t be more honored to interview you. You are an inspiration to many and we appreciate the energy you bring to the world. We believe that art carries with it the energy of the artist.

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STAR: Why are you passionate about abstract ART? For those who have a hard time understanding abstract art, what is it? SHIVANI GARG: I am passionate about abstract art because it has very clear limits on what you can do and undo. Also because of the endless possibilities and creativity, you can express by a visual experience i.e. freer. STAR: What artist inspires you. What is the source of inspiration? SHIVANI GARG: Artist like Paul Klee, Yogesh Rawal, Matisse, Sarah Morris, Julie Mehrutie inspires me a lot. My source of inspiration is architecture, buildings, colorful surroundings, urban landscapes, traveling and exploring different places in the world.

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STAR: Apart from the skill and creativity it takes to build the scenes themselves, your work speaks to the skillful macro techniques, the composition of your works. how does one lead to the other? SHIVANI GARG: One quality that separates professional art hobbyists is the willingness to create several works of art around a single theme or Idea. Well, for beginning work on a painting you have to pick your subject or theme-near your home or emotion, a person or an idea. Then do some research and bring it on paper. Then do some sketches and compositional ideas to create at least ten ideas just to know how it will look when the painting is complete. It is very important to have balance and tension as to start a painting you have to figure out how much time you can devote to this particular series each day and whether it will appeal to people or not.


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RTISTS STAR: What are your favorite works you have created? SHIVANI GARG: My favorite works are the ones done with Layers of Acrylic Paints, Acrylic Sheet and smaller works with vibrant colors and shapes. STAR: What is your average day like? SHIVANI GARG: My average day is like not going very strict with the schedule. Getting up in the morning workout in the Gym, breakfast, shower, play some soft music and getting in my art studio. Then lunch, some resting time, cooking time and family time. STAR: What other forms of creativity do you like? SHIVANI GARG: My other forms are cooking, trying out different dishes and doing interiors of the house. STAR: Please tell us about your training in painting SHIVANI GARG: Well, I am a self-taught Artist, It is just being very passionate about art Visiting more in more art galleries, seeing more and more works of contemporary Artists which really helped me in creating my beautiful art and learning more about it.

STAR: How does the social and political climate in your country and around the word impact your artistic expression? SHIVANI GARG: As an artist, I may stand in front of an audience of global leaders or exchange thoughts with a foreign minister and discuss the construction of an artwork or exhibition with local craftsmen. It can get into contact with a wealth of outlooks on the world and introduced me to a vast range of truly different perceptions, felt ideas and knowledge. Being able to take part in these local and global exchanges has affected the artwork I make, driving me to create art which touches everyone.

STAR: What are you currently working on? How much do the subject and composition evolve during the painting process? Could you say something about your painting process? SHIVANI GARG: I am currently working on creating abstract forms of building and windows with acrylic sheet and presenting it in a 3D Form. Subject and composition evolve a lot during the painting process as it refers the combination of all elements in the artwork, including visual elements, mood, light, shadow and in some cases emotional elements. It also refers to how the subject matter of the painting or drawing is arranged. STAR: Who are your current art inspirations? Do you look to other contemporary artist’s work during your artistic process? SHIVANI GARG: My current art inspirations are Sarrah Morris, Windows of New York, Works of Jose Guizar. Yes, I do look to other contemporary artist’s works as it helps me build up more n more ideas and more sense of colors and compositions. STAR: Why did you prefer the color palette reflected in your work? SHIVANI GARG: Our experiences, cultural backgrounds, and personal preferences affect how we perceive colors, so different audiences will have different reactions to your color palette. Gender plays an important role in how we perceive color. Studies on color perception and preferences have concluded that men tend to prefer bolder colors and shades while women prefer softer colors and tints. Customers intend to purchase a product that is greatly influenced by how they perceive the brand through its colors. Therefore your color palette should accurately reflect the voice of your brand in order to attract the right customers.

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STAR: Please tell us about your training in painting. BHAGVATI NATH: I had great art lessons at school, where we all covered the various mediums, from clay to paints and printing (we also did woodwork and making clothes). I specialized in drawing and painting from ages 14 to 18, and went to St. Alban’s College of Art, Herts., for one year. We learned all the techniques and ‘rules’ for landscapes, portraits, and figures, perspective, color etc. I learned ‘O’ and ‘A’ levels in art. But I didn’t paint from when I was in my early twenties until I reached 40. STAR: What are you working on now, and what are your plans for the future? BHAGVATI NATH: I’m working on a large piece – 120 x 100 cm – and it’s a commission, entitled ‘The Garden of Delights’. I’m finding it very difficult as he has given me many ‘things’ he wants to be included and it’s like doing a jigsaw puzzle, trying to fit everything in and keep (some) perspective. It’s taking a long time as I’m doing other things too.

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SHIVANI GARG: My favorite experience as an artist is when I was given the opportunity to organize a group show of paintings where I had the privilege to paint the wall, I mean whatever you want to paint and all the other artists as a team came up with incredible ideas. It was a great experience working in a team with different kind of artists.

SHIVANI GARG: I have been exhibiting my works in galleries, group shows and doing trunk shows. Through word of mouth, it had been very successful. Now I will be launching my own web page on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest so that my art reaches more and more people and the markets. I will be hosting my solo show in September at India Habitat Centre where I will be promoting my works through Advertisements, Flyers, and Connections etc.

STAR: What is your inspiration for the series of paintings? Can you tell something about your painting process? How often do you paint and what constitutes your subject? SHIVANI GARG: My Inspiration is my surroundings, colors in the environment and geometrical shapes. Well, the first step of a painting for most artists is making studies and sketches of a painting of how the composition will look. After then choosing a subject to paint, experiment with colors, techniques, and composition. I paint almost every day as my day goes incomplete without it.

STAR: What style of art would you classify your work? SHIVANI GARG: The Abstract expression or Geometrical Forms or Metamorphosis.

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STAR: Which artists inspire you. What is the source of inspiration?

ELIZE.K: Many artists through years, both from the media and radio when I was a teenager have inspired me. Abba songs with a nice atmosphere, Michael Jackson then Prince, also traditional music, I listened to everything. Later in high school, I was fascinated by arts, paintings. That time I loved the abstract colors, in whatever category they can be put into. I was fond of Impressionism in the artworks. Later I joined a class in art history in Sweden, where I became familiar with theism “ periods of the classic arts and was studying the impressional painter’s works carefully…

STAR: Why are you so passionate about Music and art? ELIZE.K: Music and arts is a good way to express our feelings, to come in contact with the living as an infinite possibility. They are also good for health. They keep our mind calm and relaxed. STAR: What do you love about life, and what do you hate? ELIZE.K: I love in life, honesty, and sometimes the ability to care for others. I hate fakeness, though I try not to hate, I do not prefer that people are faked with me since this doesn’t allow things to develop.

STAR: What are you working on now, and what are your plans for the future? ELIZE.K: I am taking a break right now for a little while after finishing my CD Souls Journey, and meanwhile, I do this, I go to my piano and make some practices, .. I am also into creating some new art photography of nature. STAR: I see you have created beautiful digital art too, what inspires you to create them? ELIZE.K: I first like to see something, maybe which is pure. I love the art that got a sense and a lot of passion sometimes or the art form that is able to express something in either honest way, or a natural way… sometimes with feelings, sometimes indifferent and muddy.

STAR: What obstacles do you face in making and exhibiting your work? ELIZE.K: I have been performing my music for last three decades. It didn’t work much further in an easy way.If your music or art is exceptional, you may have to come also to the point to convince the holders that your art is truly accepted by the public. It may in turn only be routined with the rules of years of generations and past traditions, moral basics, not trained to see and accept something new, that also is nice. STAR: What are your favorite works you have created? ELIZE.K: I have many favorite works, but I always see them that the public may like them and not really me, I find my music piece “ Laid back love is life “ quite nice, and many more,... STAR: What is your average day like? ELIZE.K: Oh, maybe It is a privacy, ok, I can say that I wake up and eat something, then meditating a little moment, then think what tasks I got to do, and do them, life is just music and arts. STAR: What other forms of creativity do you like? ELIZE.K: I like something new, and unique, I am a lover of that… STAR: Any other advice for musicians trying to get established? ELIZE.K: I just can say do that and do not listen to what others say, work it, and work it hard since you like it.

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STAR: Please tell us about your training in Music. ELIZE.K: I took about 7 years of piano lessons, and learned basics to classical music, pop, jazz, and some traditional music and tempos.. then I went in high school, the Esthetic course so that I could have a little more lessons in art and music. After this, I became selftaught..in creating art. STAR: How does the social and political climate in your country and around the world impact your artistic expression?

STAR: Who are your current art inspirations? Do you look to other contemporary artist’s work during your artistic process? ELIZE.K: I take inspiration from everything in the sense of arts. I see sometimes carefully to something new good art of contemporary artists, as I also see of Pri Ya arts, I like the geometry for instance, and I like to combine unique compositions to art, and a beauty of its true essence to the way art is able to offer.

STAR: You have created some beautiful music compositions, Can you please elaborate a bit about them? ELIZE.K: Well, this was difficult, you got to listen, or check my webpage, that I from time to time re-update with the news. You can also find today some of my music on the digital stores. www.kaisserdove.wixsite.com/ elizekaisser

ELIZE.K: It depends on if it truly can see something, I will be glad if it is so.

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STAR: What is your daily Music Practice schedule like? You seem to have tremendous self-discipline. ELIZE.K: I just try to work, and I do so then I try to see the work from different aspects, if the arrangement is good and acceptable, or if I need to replay it, to make the performing arts, and then the studio parts, how do I want the music to sound like, etc‌.

STAR: What is your favorite experience as an artist? ELIZE.K: I love to perform and see people love me, also as seeing people like what I do and probably are interested in maybe buy it.

STAR: What’s integral to the work of an artist? ELIZE.K: Being ambitious, will, and devotion.

STAR: What style of art would you classify your work?

STAR: What role does the artist have in society?

ELIZE.K: Soft music, maybe ambient through an orientation, in pop-jazz, classical piano, and even today Dance, and contemplative with sometimes spoken. Just a beautiful music tune. Some call it inspiration, others just nice music.

ELIZE.K: To let the sense come to its place, I think even in an informative way. STAR: Thankyou ! That was impressive !

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