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Featured Artist 2016: Kirsty Garcia

Featured Artist 2016: Kirsty Garcia

Published: 06 June 2016

After being part of the Skipton Art Series in 2014, and having her work projected onto the walls of Normans, Commercial Buildings for the island to see, Kirsty Garcia is going to be taking part in Skipton Open Studios for the first time this year! The Artist, who works with a variety of media including watercolours, inks, photography and mixed-media, is going to be showing her work at one of the island's favourite surfer hot-spots The Watersplash. Kirsty kindly was up for taking part in our Q&A to tell us more about her work, her artistic background, and why it's always important to check your cup of tea if you're a painter ahead of sharing her work with the public at the sunny Splash...

"How would you describe yourself as an Artist?

I'm experimental with materials and mediums. I love to create bold pieces of work and I try to keep it imaginative and unique.

Have you taken part in Skipton Open Studios before?

I took part last year in the Skipton Art Series and loved it so much so that I couldn’t wait to apply to do Skipton Open Studios this year! Its really encouraging to meet other Artists and become a part of Jersey’s Art Scene.

 How did you first get into Art?

My dad is an Artist so I was always encouraged to do what I love and to be creative, so from an early age Art became a passion of mine. I can remember my first visit to an Art shop with my dad where I got a sketch book and watercolours and I was fascinated with all the different paints, paper and equipment. It was my favourite subject through Primary and Secondary school and it was the only lesson that my teachers would have my full attention (I was usually a distraction in my other lessons apparently haha) and it kept me focused as it stood out to me. After Secondary School I went onto Highlands College to study Art and Design which was a lot of fun, hard work and commitment and I have many fond memories of my time there. 

Why should we visit your Studio?

I think its really important to support Artists and their passions as its really encouraging. My Open Studios Weekend is going to be really chilled and welcoming and I look forward to displaying my work to the public. 

What have you been doing so far in preparation for this year’s Open Studios?

I have been spending all my spare time painting, drawing and planning, oh and I have a forever growing “to do list” with lots of important dates are written everywhere so I don’t forget anything! 

What can we expect from you from this year’s Open Studios?

Something a little different, vibrant and edgy.

What inspires you to make art?

Wow where do I begin? It might sound a bit clichéd but everything inspires me to make Art. Everyday life, music, cultures, seasons and emotions. I love nature and that is probably the biggest inspiration for me. I enjoy incorporating different materials and techniques into my work and experimenting with mediums.

Tell me about your work process?

Do you have a routine or will you work through the night if inspiration takes hold? I don’t think I have much of a routine as I don’t plan what my Art is going to look etc, I just start drawing or painting and see where it takes me- its a lot more exciting and spontaneous that way and it allows me to be more creative and I never stop learning. On my days off (from my retail job) I start doing Artwork from morning until evening or if need be till night. I am always thinking of new ideas and about different things that have caught my eye so my mind is always occupied with art projects until late at night, its something that is constantly on my mind. 

Do you work in silence or with the radio?

I always have my music on when I work and lots of tea and cakes is also a must! I tend to drift off into my own little world when I’m doing my Art. I’ve even made the mistake of drinking from my cup that i was using to wash my brushes in, thinking it was my cuppa tea - since then I double check first before I get another nasty surprise....

Do you like to focus on one piece at a time or do you have lots on the go at once?

Sometimes I focus on one piece at a time as it depends on how much work is required. But usually I’d have a few pieces on the go at the same time because I like to start something else whilst I’m waiting for other work to dry then later on I’d go back to other pieces of work and add to it.

What are your artist plans for the next 12 months?

At the moment Im focusing on the Open Studios Exhibition but I plan to keep applying for any further Exhibitions and Events that come along. I always look ahead to the next challenge and make the most of any opportunities that come my way. I will be planning further Exhibitions and keep working really hard and to love what I do. Im always really open to new ideas and jobs so who knows what the future holds. The most important thing to me with my Artwork is to keep an open mind, strive to learn, to keep my passion and to be true to myself- to create what comes from the heart!"

We like Kirsty's thinking! Sounds like those visiting the Splash during the West weekend of Open Studios: 25th + 26th June, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM will be in for a treat. Check out Kirsty's artist profile for more information, as well as her contact details and further photos of her work. 

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