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Art & Life with Rosalind Guder

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rosalind Guder.

Rosalind, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I’m a photographer and digital artist based in Los Angeles, specializing in fine art portraiture. A native of Toronto, Canada, I worked in the corporate world for many years until 1999 when I moved to Los Angeles. I juggled many roles over the years, searching for a path to my life’s work. I took up the camera in 2013 and began to pursue photographic training, which has led me to winning many awards for photography and digital artistry.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I create fine art portraiture using photography, compositing and digital painting to achieve in the image that isn’t just a strict photojournalistic recording, but rather an image of how things could be in an ideal world.

Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
This quote from Ira Glass says it all: “Nobody tells this to people who are beginners. I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve gotta fight your way through.”

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Instagram @rosalindguder
I had a gallery show which just closed at the end of December. I will be having another gallery show soon, but the date hasn’t been set yet.

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