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Meet Trailblazer Brittanie Ortiz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brittanie Ortiz.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Brittanie. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I have always loved to paint and draw. I have been making art for as long as I could remember. Many of my childhood memories are of me painting at the kitchen table, making art for all members of my family. I’ve always had a passion to make things and wanted to pursue a career with an art-related focus.

I graduated college in 2013 with a Studio Art degree. In school, I learned a lot about different mediums and it gave me an opportunity to try new techniques. Majority of my work in school were oil paint based, but now I have a love for gouache, watercolor and embroidery.

In April 2019, I had an exciting opportunity to have my first solo exhibition. Today my main priority is producing more work and having it displayed in galleries.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Not at all. A career in art is not always taken seriously by others. I sometimes have to defend my career choice to people and that can be exhausting.

Another challenge that I’ve faced is being vulnerable with my work. A lot of my art focuses on female sexuality and it took some time to be comfortable sharing that with others.

My advice for other women is to always create content that is true to you and be confident with your work. There are people who will criticize what you do, but what truly matters is what makes you happy.

Please tell us more about your art.
I make art that focuses on female portraits and minimal forms. I am interested in capturing human experiences, self-love and expressions with simple lines. I am proud of the content that I am creating and I am excited for opportunities to display my work and have it seen by others.

What sets me apart from others is the way I create each piece. I have my own artistic style that makes my work unique and specific to me as an artist.

Do you recommend any apps, books or podcasts that have been helpful to you?
Yes, books that have been very helpful to me are Art, Inc. by Lisa Congdon and Art/Work by Heather Darcy Bhandari. It’s great to have a set of tools to help guide you in a career path that you want to pursue.

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