High Artist Spotlight: Marita Mariano's
Marita is a self-taught artist of over 12 years based in Zambia. She specializes in realism. Mainly portraits of animals and people but has branched out into more majestic pieces such as mythology, ancient history, and surrealism. She specializes in charcoal and chalk pastels. She has a passion for art and has had a natural talent for it from a young age. She sold her first piece at the age of 17 and from then on she knew it was what she was meant to do with her life. She grew up in a very small town and for her art is an escape from reality. She can get lost in her work for long periods of time (in her own bubble) perfecting each and every hairline/wrinkle. Her attention to detail and perfection does become addictive for her. Her heart and soul can be seen in all the detail close up. She is forever striving to do better with each new piece she does.
We recently asked Marita some questions about her inspirations:
Q: Where do you find your creative inspiration?
A: " Often in my dreams or daydreams (lol) or by pictures that inspire me online. "
Q: Why do you do what you do?
A: " It is the one thing in my life that I've always been good at and has truly become an overall passion of mine. "
Q: What art/artist do you most identify with?
A: " I identify most with realism but am pushing the borderline hyperrealism. "
Q: What role does an artist have in society?
A: "An artist's role in society is to create pieces of art that evoke emotion to the viewer. Whether it is a portrait of their loved ones or those who have passed in memory. Or just something that resonates inside of them when they view the piece."
Q: What is your artistic outlook on life?
A: " Freedom of thought and creativity "
Q: What advice would you give your younger self?
A: " I would tell my younger self to pursue your passions without any fear and doubt. Just see it through."