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Meet Priscilla Ortiz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Priscilla Ortiz. Them and their team share their story with us below:

Priscilla, we appreciate you taking the time to share your  story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I am a Los Angeles based artist with a love of visual art,  music, and technology. One of my favorite aspects of being a  visual artist is the way the process lends itself to  experimentation. My work explores new combinations  generated from both simple and complex elements. Within my  paintings, I analyze emotionality; as feelings and experiences  become reconfigured through critical examination, the viewer  is invited to dive into different manifestations of those  moments that have left a personal imprint on me.  

I’ve been told my paintings bring about thoughts of  spirituality and soul concepts which I can relate to, as I  believe we connect to those realms through art. The creative  process always includes merging of the old and new, deep  investigation, and the bold space that allows for full abandon.  My oil paintings themselves lean toward surrealism. Each  piece is carefully designed to allow the viewer, and the maker,  the full spectrum of experience.  

My artwork has been featured by Shockboxx Project, Resin  Gallery, El Segundo Artwalk, Venice Art Crawl, United  Colors of LA, Unita Club, Girl Fest Hawaii, Art Share LA,  Downtown Art Walk, Cedar Street Galleries, and Surfing the  Nations.  

I also love to give back and engage within the community  which is why I and founded Night Owl Studio in 2017, a non profit organization that facilitates workshops for the 

community in several areas of interest including art, tech, and  developmental workshops.  

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?
Art careers are never smooth. It takes discipline and a  steadfast attitude to truly thrive in a creative space. Early on, I  had a prosperous career in the music industry as an art  director. This experience taught me to embrace challenges and  to release self-limiting beliefs. As a working artist I am now  able to show up authentically and truly push the limits in my  work.  

As far as obstacles, I think artists sometimes find ourselves  creatively blocked but I have several tools to jump-start  inspiration. I have found that doing stream-of-consciousness hand-written pages works very well. It’s an exercise I learned  in the book The Artist’s Way. Another tool I use often is  shifting media (for example, I keep my acoustic guitar next to  me when I paint. As I work through a painting I play guitar as  well. Looking and listening. They go hand in hand and keep  me moving forward). I appreciate the shamanistic approach to  creativity and of course all things that include nature. Also  meditation and yoga, work very well for me. I would never  imagine a person following the same rituals or using the same  tools, though. These tools are very personal. I believe it’s up 

to every individual to find the tools that work for them. That’s  a big part of the creative journey.  

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For  our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell  them about what you do? 

I create augmented reality oil paintings, I love to experiment  and I truly believe that art heals the maker. I’m inspired by my  dreams, emotions, music, omens, nature. Also, a good  philosophical conversation can always spark a project.  Sometimes it’s something I can’t get out of my head like a  song or a conversation. My work is mostly conceptual. I find  that each piece is multilayered and always speaks back to me  in many forms.  

As a young child raised by as single mom, I had to grow up  pretty fast and in this space I learned to “numb out” pretty  early in life. Through art I have learned to open up in these  hidden and buried elements within me. Currently, my  paintings deal with emotionality and the human form. Each  painting is a different part of myself and a way for me to  explore my own feelings and emotions.  

I experiment with augmented reality as a way to merge my  varied interests – classic oil painting and technology. My  favorite element of being an artist is the process. During the  process is when the magic happens; the most lessons arise 

whilst creating, the learning of oneself happens during the  process and that is what I’m most interested in. Being in the  studio gives me the ability to truly show up as the best version  of myself.  

I think artists lead by example as we collaborate with our  audience in a very intimate manner. It’s interesting because  it’s almost a two fold process – Initially, most artists make art  for themselves. To have our art touch others is magical, but  that is never the initial goal. The goal is the process… the  making and developing of a piece. The making of art is  intuitive and personal – the sharing of the piece is the final  expression.  

What was your favorite childhood memory?  

My favorite childhood memories always include my mother.  She’s one of the strongest people I know and a superhero in  my eyes. Childhood may have been a challenge in some ways  but my mother always knew how to make life fabulous. What  comes to mind are beach days in the sun with my mom, these  memories will never leave my heart.

Pricing:

  • My paintings range from $1200-$9000

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Image Credits
Photos by Jessie Lee Cederblom

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