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.
- My paintings range from $1200-$9000
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: https://www.priscillaortiz.art/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nightowlstudio/
Photos by Jessie Lee Cederblom