Today we’d like to introduce you to Laura Castellanos, aka Opal Unicorn.
Laura, aka Opal, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Ever since I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with creating beautiful things. I used to take walks in the woods around the house where I grew up and build fairy villages. I’ve always felt connected to other worlds. I started painting when I was two and fell in love with it. I was lucky enough to go to LACHSA, the arts high school here in Los Angeles, then to OTIS, where I got my degree in toy design. I worked in that industry for a number of years, but luckily, I can focus on my art full time now.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
When I sit down to draw, or paint, I’m really just trying to bring the things I see in my mind to life. Ever since I was little, I’ve been able to see other worlds when I dream or meditate. Hidden worlds, like ours but… not. I really view my art as putting those visions on the page, or the canvas, so other people can see them and, hopefully, be inspired to look past what’s in front of us, to the worlds beyond.
Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
I think it’s a little of both. Now, more than ever, it’s easier to get your work in front of a huge audience, thanks to Instagram and social media. But, at the same time, everyone has access to things like that, so it’s really easy for talented artists to get sort of lost in the chaos that is online. How you do break through? How do you not only get people to see your stuff, but engage with it in a real way? I think those are the big challenges facing all of us right now.
As far as the art scene in LA, I think it’s great. Things like Art Walk, and the smaller galleries downtown, give artists all sorts of ways to get their stuff seen. I’m not sure there’s a better city in America for art right now.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I’m a resident artist at The Hive Gallery in LA. I’m also on Instagram as @opal unicorn
- Website: http://www.opalunicorn.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/opal_unicorn/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OpalUnicorn/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/opalunicorn1
- Other: Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO6rrgNaMHGie174xTQ1grg
All images credit Laura Castellanos