A consistently wide-eyed wanderer, Kate Zambrano explores the human condition though visual stimulation. Often coupling the standard idealization of beauty with a deep, haunting melancholy. She uses monochromatic and subtle colours in her paintings to create a genuine and simplified journey into individuality. Kate works with different mediums and techniques as well as incorporating texture and drips to create an unsettling concept of what is attractive.
Her work evokes emotions, ideas, and opinions from the viewer, forcing self-exploration and internal dialogue. She starts most paintings with the eyes, the fingerprint of the soul, inviting the viewer to reflect on him or herself.
Kate how did your artistic adventure begin?
I decided two and a half years ago to shift my career from modeling to become a full time artist. Since then, I have worked endless hours at it.
Tell us about career options you considered growing up. And if you’re naturally creative tell us who your influences were.
I have had a lot random jobs. I never felt completely satisfied with any. I knew I loved creative fields, and so one day I just gave up everything else and started pursuing what I truly love:
Is your art and painting influenced by favorite artists or pop culture, where you get your inspiration and how important it is to you?
Inspiration isn’t an easy thing to define. I get inspired daily in the most random of places. Fashion, movies, music, and other artists. When I am not working on a piece, I am always thinking of what I want to tackle next.
Knowing what makes you exceptional as an artist to your market is a good asset. Talk about your individuality, your originality to your art and how you stay true to your painting.
I think any true artist wants to put a stamp of their own originality on their piece and their work as a whole. I guess it goes back to the inspiration question above. What might move and shake me might not do it for one of my peers. Even though there are millions of artists in the world, no two people will take the exact same thing away from every piece of art, every song, every movie. That’s the most beautiful thing, though. Individuality just happens naturally with each person’s own opinion and, therefore, marks it as their own when manifested into that person’s creation.
Talk about your inspirational goal and what you’re doing to get there and any project/show you have been involved in.
A really great thing about art is that I am constantly changing my direction – be it technique, composition, material. Recently, I have been very drawn to more figurative works. Incorporating hands and limbs in interesting poses. I think the common denominator I like to have in my work is some element of discomfort. I have five gallery shows coming up before the end of 2013, so luckily I have been able to keep practicing for different audiences.
On your blog you mentioned you’re often approached to work on commissions for your clients. This is an avenue about which you were admittedly hesitant, later realizing however, and the fresh new approach each person brings to your work. Out of the thousands of artists they could have chosen they chose you. What sort of legacy would you like to leave behind and what do you want potential clients to know about your art?
I didn’t think I would like doing commissions, but as it turns out, I really do. I get to speak to wonderful people from all over the world and have a glimpse into their vision, while they get to see my interpretation of their vision. I don’t really like speaking too in-depth about my paintings/drawings. I prefer a more visual connection. I don’t want to lead anyone to a conclusion. I think it should be more of a self-discovery. I just want any potential clients to trust their instincts when they look upon my work. If they like it, and it resonates with them, then I am thrilled. If not, that’s ok too.
Can you explain to us why most of your paintings start with the eyes?
For me, it sets the tone of the painting. I typically like to have an atmosphere within a gaze in my work. That, unspoken connection between viewer and audience. You can tell a lot about a person’s mood by their eyes. Think of any time you’ve accidentally bumped into someone at a coffee shop, cut someone off in traffic, or opened the door for someone laden with bags. You can judge their attitude or gratitude within just that look.
Tell us about the experience of getting your first painting into a gallery; did you have a mentor or a group of people that helped you through that process?
I built up a collection of work to show on my website. I did the networking thing. I met with other artists and gallery owners, and somehow it just happened. It was a struggle. But that always makes me work harder.
When you sell one of your paintings, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind?
Excitement, for sure! That someone wants to hang a piece of my artwork on their walls to show other people means the world to me. I like to maintain a friendly relationship with all of my clients (if possible). I love receiving emails of the painting/illustration hanging up, framed and pretty, on the wall of someone I might never have had a chance to encounter any other way.
It is every artists dream to have a famous painting that the world recognizes them by, where do you see your brand 10-15 years from now?
That’s tricky, isn’t it? Art is always evolving without and within us. Constantly changing. The only hope I have is to still have an intense love for creating. Whether I am doing portraits, figures, or even if I’ve moved on to strictly paint cows…I just want to do art.
What advice would you give to aspiring painters and artists?
Don’t give up. It might seem slow going, but it’s worth it. Each moment of practice, hour of spend waiting or moment of self-doubt. Use it to fuel you.