Written by: Amari H. Smith (@amarihsmith)
This is the second installment of the spotlight series I'm bringing you the lovely Elena S. King. She's a visual artist, but instead of me talking her up, I'm going to let her speak for herself.
What things inspire or influence you to create your art?
1. I'm very inspired by music when I'm drawing. I find it hard to really get into a piece if I'm not listening to something in the background. My style is also something I've developed through inspiration by graffiti art. In many of my pieces, I use very natural tones and I link this to many of the colors present in my home and in the decor of the apartment.
How long have you been doing this?
2. I started drawing my freshman year in high school. It was kind of sudden the way it happened. I was in my music appreciation class, one of few classes that allowed is minimal creative freedom, and that was where I created the first sketch I was ever proud of. It was a Mandala piece and it was the first thing I'd drawn that wasn't in stick figures so I thank that boring music class for giving me the patience to add so much detail.
3. I grew up in downtown Chicago with a Neapolitan mother and an Irish father. Every summer I would travel with my mom to Italy and we would always make our way to some other beautiful country before coming back to Chicago. From a young age my mom taught me the beauty of travel and I developed a drive to learn about new cultures. I hope to travel more in the future and experience cultures the way their natives do, rather than live like a pampered tourist.
How would you describe your art?
4. I really can't describe my art. I don't have one style, nor do I have one feeling or emotion during the time that I'm drawing. My pieces often are the outcome of a mix of emotions that are present for no apparent reason or event to trigger them. I'm inspired by nature, but also inspired by chaos, it all really depends on the day for me.
All I can hope to do is keep getting inspired and continue creating and experimenting in art.