Expressing what one is thinking may be difficult to translate into words but the idea to say everything you want in a painting and not have to say a single word is what I love
Amaya is a watercolour Honduran artist located in Nova Scotia, Canada. She enjoys creating bright patterns and draws her inspiration from the sea.
How long have you been making art and what inspired you to get started?
I was always interested in creating but it wasn’t until about two years ago or so that I started to really think about it seriously. From a young age art was in my life to some extent and I knew then it was something that would continue throughout my life. Also to be honest, with being adopted art gave me something to connect with when connections with other aspects of my life were not possible. But like many, life became so hectic that creative processes were pushed to the side. I found I had these ideas for designs using bright colours and patterns and I needed an outlet to execute them. Then one day I just decided you know what I’m going to start painting today and see where it goes, and I did and I am still painting. I find creating and painting is like my comfort food when life is throwing obstacles and it gives that release. Expressing what one is thinking may be difficult to translate into words but the idea to say everything you want in a painting and not have to say a single word is what I love, and it helped inspire me to not only get started, but keep endeavouring with creative pursuits.
Are you currently working on anything new? If so, can you tell us a little about the design and what we can expect?
Well I am one of those artists with 50 things on the go. I start one thing and get easily side tracked starting a new piece so right now I am working on a few floral designs with ink and watercolour, and also some black and white pieces.
What is your favourite medium of choice and why?
I LOVE using watercolours, because the life watercolours take on. I find them fascinating because they are imperfectly perfect. The imperfections in their consistency are quite stunning and are honest. I like how you can let them control your work and they create unexpected variations.
A lot of your designs are inspired by the sea. What is it about the sea that inspires you?
Growing up in Nova Scotia the ocean is part of me. I am astounded by the vastness and mystery it encompasses. The deep hues and the cold deep blue emptiness is a huge inspiration. There is nothing more inspiring and relaxing then sitting by the ocean and just listening to the rawness of the waves and how it overpowers anything in its way. I tend to get most of my ideas when I am boulder climbing by the shore and hiking on the beach. The ocean is just the place I feel the most self-aware and comfortable.
What other artists have inspired you?
I definitely would have to say artists like Marc Chagall, Otto Dix, Pablo Picasso, and Emily Carr have been an inspiration for their strong pieces. Their use of colour and emotion in their artwork I find is quite powerful. But I would have to say there are some artists that since I have started creating in recent years have been an inspiration. Artists like Eric and Terry Fan, Julia Disano and Winston Torr are artists I greatly respect for their detailed work and their drive to keep focused and dedicated.
Which pieces are most dear to you, and why?
It’s a toss-up between my ”Deep Sea” and ” Maritime Pineapple” I feel the colours I wanted to capture from the sea were executed the way I had envisioned them. I think these two remind me of home the most. It’s my version of Nova Scotia.
I love your ‘Stone Eggs’ design, I think all the colours fit together particularly well. Can you tell me a little bit more about what inspired you to create this piece?
Well it’s funny that piece had started completely different. Originally it started as watercolour feathers and I really didn’t like the direction it was going and it wasn’t working, so I sat back and just started making these egg shapes and then started placing them in a pattern and just went with it. In the end the colours worked and I ended up with an abstract piece. A lot of my work starts out with one idea and then goes in a complete opposite direction.
What have you learnt whilst establishing yourself as an online artist, and further, can you offer any advice to others starting out?
Well thankfully I have connected with some fantastic artists that essentially showed me the ropes. Thank goodness because I hadn’t any clue how to use Photoshop, scan, create files or really anything. I started at ground zero. I had learned it is important to not be afraid, to experiment and explore new ideas and push your limits. My advice to ones starting out is to be compassionate, kind, and show respect to others, putting oneself in the shoes of others. Create things that fully represent you without compromising your values. Create original art that’s you and start your own trends, don’t create art based on what’s ”popular” because you want to fit in. Be impulsive when it comes to art, let your initial response guide you and do NOT over-analyse. Remember where you came from and your roots, and do not strive for material success at the cost of damaging your relationships with other artists or anyone or comprising your moral integrity. Also make sure your paint water and coffee aren’t next to each other…trust me they don’t taste the same.
Where do you see yourself as an artist in the future?
Well I think that’s a hard question. I think goals are important but at the same time I’m a true believer in taking things as they come. Maybe my art will keep expanding and reaching places I never imagined which would be great but then again maybe they won’t. But I’m fine with however things turn out being an artist for the good or bad. Art is a journey wherever it leads I’m okay with. At any rate creative processes help you grow as a person and if in the future I am still creating art I hope it keeps me humbled and grounded. That’s what is important, not the financial success or popularity.
How do you promote your art and what part has social media played in your self-promotion?
Well I try to promote on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. However I usually get side-tracked and end up looking at animals like Alpacas and Llamas in bow ties or clothes, or shoes on Pinterest…Pathetic I know. Really though promoting does work through these avenues, and it helps others get to know you as a person. Really for a POD artist these methods of promotion are key to getting your name out.