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Daily Inspiration: Meet Arielle Pytka

Today we’d like to introduce you to Arielle Pytka.

Hi Arielle, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I have always been passionate about art. I grew up in a very creative family and I was always surrounded by music, paintings, and books. I started painting when I was 15, and my life was forever changed. It became an obsession and I would spend days and days locked in my studio. Photography is something that I always practiced, even as a young child. I never saw myself as a photographer because to me, it was just something you did when you traveled. We traveled a lot. It wasn’t until much later in life, when I started accumulating and organizing my archive that I realized I was more interested in it than as just a traveling pastime. I viewed filmmaking as kind of the same, something you did to document a trip or to make funny videos with my sister in the backyard. I directed my first music video when I was 17 years old but didn’t start doing it more regularly until ten years later. I realized that I can’t simply call myself a painter, photographer, or filmmaker because they have all become equally important, meaningful, and fulfilling to me.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Smooth is not the word I would use to describe the road I’ve been on. Instinctive or intuitive is perhaps better suited. I think most artists have doubts about whether they are putting their energy in the right place, whether their efforts are worthwhile if their hard work will ever pay off. I have found that putting my energy elsewhere seems foreign and strange, that’s how I know I am on the right path. Art has always been the clearest way for me. Clear does not mean easy though. The truth is, if what you are doing doesn’t scare you to some degree, you probably aren’t trying hard enough.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a visual artist. I specialize in painting, photography, and film. I am known for making large scale abstract paintings, adventure photography, and filming music videos and commercials. I am most proud of my paintings. They are difficult and time-consuming to make. Therefore upon completion, I get a sense of fulfillment that is hard to compare to other mediums.

Who else deserves credit in your story?
My family has played a huge role in my success. If my parents hadn’t allowed me to follow my passions as a child, I would never be where I am today. My father has always been my biggest supporter and my sister has been my biggest cheerleader in times of uncertainty. My community of friends also deserves credit, as they were the earliest collectors of my work. Without them, I wouldn’t have been able to call myself a professional. Paola Russo has also been a huge mentor and advocate. She has always encouraged me to keep going over the years and has enabled me to exhibit my work.

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