Christina Twomey

Meet Christina Twomey of Los Angeles, CA.

After creating her first work of art using materials from her local art store on the corner of Pico and La Cienaga in LA, Christina knew she’d found her calling.


What initially began as an attempt to decorate her new home quickly turned into a successful Etsy store and then into an invitation to show her work at RAW Natural Born Artists. And all of this happened just five years ago. Since then, Christina has watched with a joyful mixture of astonishment and delight as demand for her work grows and the requests for commissions roll in.


Today she works primarily in resin, experimenting with the medium’s different viscosities and pigment loads to achieve a wide range of vivid effects.

In addition to uncovering her raw talent for working with color and her keen eye for composition, Christina explains that kick-starting her artistic career has taken a lot of work. As Malcolm Gladwell says in Outliers, it takes 10,000 hours of investment to become an expert in anything. Love for her artistic process propels her forward, as does the passion for creating something for someone.


Ultimately it is the constant challenge that she sets for herself to find her recognizable style and to be unique and original that keeps her focused on those 10,000 hours.

A Snapshot View of Christina Twomey


Favorite Artist: Cy Twombly.
Spirit Animal: A bird so she may soar high and take in the view. And of course, her beloved rescue dog, Kazan.  
Secret Superpower: Her intuition. Being able to connect with her clients on a deeper level provides her the passion, energy & intuition she enjoys experiencing in order to deliver something they love.

 

Katherine Kean

Meet Katherine Kean of Los Angeles, CA.


Katherine Kean’s deep respect for natural landscapes and the weather is evidenced in her work. Cloud formations, rain, and storm patterns are common themes that she masterfully represents in oil.


Her chosen medium brings deep color to her canvases while the longer drying time gives her greater flexibility during the painting process. By working in layers, she slowly builds up the surface of the canvas and creates various textures that enhance the two dimensional representation of three-dimensional phenomena.


With her painting she seeks, “to stir wonder and excitement for the transformative impacts of weather, wildlife, and natural phenomena, all the while revealing the serene center that can sit in the midst of Nature’s turbulence.”

It comes as no surprise then that she was particularly excited to have two of her paintings shown at the National Weather Center Biennial in 2015.


As part of the exhibit, she got a tour of the Center, learned some more about the science, and met other artists who focus on climate themes.

A Snapshot View of Katherine Kean


Favorite Artist: If she has to narrow it down to just one, she’ll go with J.M.W. Turner, but she has dozens of favorites.
Spirit Animal: She has several. Among them, a large red horse, a raven, a bear.
Secret Superpower: She’s been known to make it rain.

 

Irena Orlov

Meet Irena Orlov of Los Angeles, CA.


Originally from the Urkaine, Irena Orlov lived in Russia, Israel and Canada before settling in Los Angeles.


Her passion for creating mixed media art is informed by her varied background in architecture and design. With photography and different types of painting as her tools, Irena uses artistic production to express her emotions and feelings. 


Her work showcased at WhyNotArt consists of clean sleek lines that twist and turn in dynamic curves to create a composition that is simple and calm whilst bursting with movement.

To create this vibrant effect, she used digital print, ink, 3D paints, acrylic and acrylic gel on canvas.

In the artist’s words, “My work is infused with the spirit and energy I felt at the moment I created it. It encourages viewers to interpret it their own way. My art evokes different feelings in the audience depending on their individual experiences and memories.”


Irena is particularly drawn to the color orange because it reminds her of being a free spirit – of life and its positive energies.

A Snapshot View of Irena Orlov


Favorite Artist: Gustav Klimt.
Spirit Animal: Dolphin.
Secret Superpower: Curiosity and Enthusiasm. Find the wonder in everyday life.

 

Ty Joseph

Meet Ty Joseph of Los Angeles, CA.


Born in Hamburg and raised in Israel, Ty Joseph now calls Los Angeles his home. It was not until his thirties that he discovered his true calling as a painter.

After tiring of his real estate career and the nightlife scene in Hollywood, he decided to pursue art – a childhood passion that would allow him to be true to his own identity while having the potential to get better with age.


Ty’s signature style – marked by a repeating ‘L’ motif – is making him a desirable rising star of the LA art scene.


“In the beginning when people started to ask me about the meaning of my L’s, I didn’t know what to say. I thought they came out of nowhere. But now I say that they stand for ‘Los Angeles’, or they stand for ‘elegance’, or they are the missing syllable from my name when I changed it to Ty.”

Influenced by Pop Art, Ty’s style refrains from excessive blending of colors while relying on distinct borders that result in striking compositions.


Above all, Ty strives to express individuality and elegance in each piece.

A Snapshot View of Ty Joseph.


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Gregg Chadwick

Meet Gregg Chadwick of Santa Monica, CA.


Gregg Chadwick’s early memories of art come from a room of full of Rembrandts in Amsterdam.

His family was newly reunited after his military dad’s extended absence and he was overjoyed at being together again. 


“Everything seemed to make sense in that light-filled room and I knew then that art was powerful and that I wanted to learn how to be an artist. I haven’t stopped learning since.”


Several decades later, Gregg is a successful artist with paintings included in the collections of the Adobe Corporation, the Gilpin Museum, the Graciela Hotel – Burbank, the Harbor Court Hotel – San Francisco; the Kimpton Group’s headquarters in San Francisco, the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Nordstrom Company Headquarters, the W Hotel Hollywood, and Winona State University.

The ongoing beauty in the struggles and triumphs of the human existence inspires his artistic production. Keeping Dave Isay’s phrase “Listening is an act of love” in mind, he opens himself to others’ stories.


He combines those stories with his own memories, dreams, and desires to create images that resonate with our lived existence.

A Snapshot View of Gregg Chadwick


Favorite Artist: They include Richard Diebenkorn, Mark Rothko, R.B. Kitaj, David Hockney, Alice Neel, Georgia O’Keefe, and many more.
Spirit Animal: A bear – something that he’s felt since he was a kid.
Secret Superpower: He’s never owned a watch but always knows what time it is. No alarm clocks for him.

 

Pernilla Iggstrom

Meet Pernilla Iggstrom of London, UK.


While Pernilla Iggstrom started to draw as soon as she could hold a pen, she only realized concretely that she was an artist-in-the-making through her work in the corporate world, when she felt the strong urge to indulge her creative side again.

Born in Korea and raised in Sweden, she earned her BA in Fine Art from City & Guilds of London Art School. Due to her multicultural background, she is particularly sensitive to questions of identity formation and she is constantly exploring its layers and meanings through her work.


Family photos often inform her questions and then, “the painting process allows me to expand the potential of my ideas – reducing some of the overly specific imagery to something more universally accessible.”

 

“My personal story is of course core, as it motivated my investigations into notions of identity, but there are also far reaching aspects to what I am saying that I want to address.”


When her energy runs out, she refuels with nature – the forest, fields, or the ocean. After living around the world, Pernilla now is based in Brentwood, Essex, with a studio nearby in Purfleet, Essex.

A Snapshot View of Pernilla Iggstrom


Favorite Artist: Gerhard Richter, Robert Rauschenberg and Candice Breitz
Spirit Animal: Black Panther
Secret Superpower: Disarming with kindness 

 

Ina Jungmann

Meet Ina Jungmann of Los Angeles, CA.


Born in Mannheim, Germany, Ina Jungmann spent most of her life outside her home country.

She attended kindergarten and elementary school in Japan and, after living again in Germany four years, completed her education at Santa Monica high school and the University of California in Los Angeles. She then studied photography at the art institute of Burg Giebichenstein, Halle, Germany.

Such experience of moving back and forth between continents and languages made her particularly sensitive to visual communication and art creation. Her Japanese kindergarten put much emphasis on building sophisticated objects with simple everyday material. The space that opens between simple elements of the real world and the world of imagination and memory still provides the main ground for her photography.


With her lens, she is always looking for the, “special-places in-between reality, subjectivity, and abstraction.”

When walking in a city or travelling through a landscape, the history of the place, her memory, experience, and emotions provide her with additional layers to the immediate impression of the real location. Ina’s multiple exposures are a way of creating images of such multilayered narratives. Yet, there is also an element of surprise in her multiple exposures because she has little control over how the final image might look.


This element of surprise enables her “to capture the moments that she experienced driving through and visiting these places…”

A Snapshot View of Ina Jungmann


Favorite Artist: Ina is especially inspired by Japanese photography, for instance, by Rinko Kawauchi or Miyako Ishiuchi.
Spirit Animal: Butterfly
Secret Superpower: Imagination

 

Moises Ortiz

Meet Moises Ortiz of Los Angeles, CA.


A native of Mexico City, Mexico, Moises Ortiz now lives in Los Angeles, CA.

He earned his formal arts education in Mexico City and Madrid but has also been deeply influenced by graffiti. The result is an artistic practice that combines traditional and non-traditional elements.


Moises prefers to work with non-conventional materials such as metal, plexi-glass and wood. But his attention to shape and color stems from his formal training. Making art is an ongoing battle for him. He is constantly working to balance the power of the act of painting with his own OCD. There needs to be harmony.


The OCD can’t smother the raw emotion of painting and the emotion can’t spill over into chaos.

While others look for meaning in his compositions, he is striving to balance that delicate equation. Moises draws inspiration to continue working from the piece itself, “the negative or positive emotions help build the art piece.”


And there is always the technical side of art making – such as framing or prepping other materials – to keep him busy through the least creative of times.

A Snapshot View of Moises Ortiz


Favorite Artist: Juan Gris of Spain.
Spirit Animal: A very small fish.
Secret Superpower: Emotions are his engine so he can paint for many hours without food or water.   

 

Ivo Spirov

Meet Ivo Spirov of Los Angeles, CA.


Ivo Spirov’s creativity was nurtured by his parents from a very young age. His mother, the then Director of PR at the National Art Gallery of Bulgaria, allowed him to paint on the walls of their apartment in Sofia.

The drawings and paintings from his youth still adorn his parents’ walls. It wasn’t until his late 20s that Ivo turned his passion into a profession.


Today, he works with acrylics because they allow him to create flat, distinctive colors. Frequent collaborations with a photographer provide a multi-media approach suitable for juxtaposing ideas and imagery.


For Ivo his art is about connecting with his inner child.

Japanese animation was very influential on the young Ivo, a lasting impression that is visible in his unique artistic style. He often works with repetitive details to tell stories. For example, he believes that in contemporary society, “We speak without really saying anything and look without seeing.


The lips and eyes that I use in my work are symbolic of the trap of this disconnected way of being as well as an invitation to return to genuine communication.”

A Snapshot View of Ivo Spirov


Favorite Artist: Hayao Miyazaki, Katsuhiro Otomo, and James Jean.
Spirit Animal: The wolf. They are proud creatures, loyal and playful with those they love and fierce when they need to be.
Secret Superpower: Flying.

 

Made of Hagop

Meet Hagop Belian of Venice Beach, CA.


Originally from Damascus, Syria, Hagop now lives in Venice Beach, CA. He has been making art ever since a lucid dream in his senior year of college left him with a visceral feeling of what it was like to be inside an abstract expressionistic work of art. Hagop has experimented with different media but his work has always focused on collages.

Synergy is a powerful force for him and he revels in the ability to tell a different story by using discarded and forgotten things.


His work today focuses on a series of totems. Initially they were simple characters but in his more recent pieces they have developed into complex beings that exist in their own worlds.

He builds the plaster backgrounds or “walls” on which he paints – a process that brings the street art vibe into the gallery and home.


The final pieces are complete objects that look and feel like “relics of the future.” Hagop uses red, the color of blood, to sign his pieces in order to show that they came from him.

A Snapshot View of Made of Hagop


Favourite Artist: Joseph Beuys and Robert Rauschenberg for their work with found objects.
Spirit Animal: It’s a constantly evolving beast that currently looks like an elephant with owl wings and a snake tail.
Secret Superpower: He is an alchemist.

 

 

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