Today we’d like to introduce you to Anna Kalachyan.
Hi Anna, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I grew up around art my entire life — art goes back multiple generations in my family, my grandparents and parents were all painters. While I grew up around art, drew my whole life and took a few classes in high school, I didn’t pursue it in college. After I graduated UCLA, I actually ended up in Marketing. A couple of years into my career, I picked painting back up as a hobby to help me relax. A friend of mine, whose opinion I trust very much, told me that I should start selling my art and after thinking about it, I took the steps to start selling my art. I started participating in flea markets and selling my art online. A couple of years later and a lot of dedication and my book of clients continues to grow.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Definitely not, there have been a lot of artistic struggles and the struggles on the business end. Figuring out your own voice and style and going back and forth between being confident in your talent and skills one day to having imposter syndrome the next is something I think a lot of creatives struggle with. And on the business side, it takes a lot of energy and time in starting, growing and operating your own business. But it’s all worth it — the feeling you get when someone wants to have your work in their home, which is essentially an extension of yourself — is priceless.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m a visual artist that works primarily with acrylic and mixed media both on canvas and paper. A lot of the work I do is linework and I play a lot with organic shapes and humans in abstract forms. My art is based on What I am most proud of is the fact that I am able to help people through my art. Towards the end of last year, a war broke out in Artsakh and hundreds of thousands of ethnic Armenians were displaced. Being halfway around the world, I felt pretty helpless so I decided to start donating 100% of my proceeds to help the refugees of the war — after a few months, I was able to raise over $30K. It felt great to provide help to people who needed it doing something I love so in 2021, I continued donating 20% of my proceeds to various non-profit organizations doing great work in both Armenia and the U.S.
We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
Definitely when my grandfather would come to visit from Armenia. I remember waiting at arrivals at LAX, impatiently waiting to see him emerge through the doorway — to this day whenever I arrive at Tom Bradley and walk past customs and see those striped floors, I’m immediately taken back.