I’m loving Adri Luna’s watercolor art. It’s the kind of art that you definitely want in your world. Colorful and expressive, this Kansas City-based artist is the newest of my Maker Members and I’m thrilled to showcase her work in our shop. Take a moment to get to know this talented maker today with this brand new Maker Profile. What do you think of the art? Let us know in the comments below.
What inspired you to begin your collection?
I am an artist and I love making art! When I graduated from school I lost access to an awesome printmaking studio and so I turned to painting and making installations. It took a while to get back into the groove of making art after school but when I started again I knew that it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life!
Describe your creative process. Where do you start?
My starting point begins with a story. Almost all of my work has to do with how people interact and impress feelings and thoughts on each other through conversation. My work represents the physical manifestation of how people impact each other.
How do you maintain your creative drive?
I maintain my creative drive by staying active in the creative community! Working with other artists to collaborate and keep ideas fresh has made all the difference! Also, when things are hectic and I don’t have time to be in the studio as much as I want to be, I will participate in challenges like the #100dayproject or drawing a pattern each day for a month. This helps me stay focused with deadlines and accountability.
My main goal as an artist is to make things that make people smile. Life goes by so quickly and things change in an instant, if I can make someone smile and appreciate life for just a minute, then I have made a small impact.” – Adri Luna
What materials do you love to use?
Oooh, this is a hard question. I absolutely love mixing inks, watercolors and acrylics because they always do interesting things on paper. But I am equally in love with thin transparent papers, like vellum because you can layer and really build up some texture.
Every product has a story. Is there a story behind one of your pieces that stands out to you?
I have a series of work called “Art-Stellations” and they were created for people who want more than a framed painting on the wall. Each Art-Stellation comes with 12 hexagons that can be arranged over and over again and displayed in any multiple ways. The owner can decide if they want them grouped all together or spaced out like a constellation. They are one of my favorite ideas because it becomes a collaboration between me and the owner and they have a completely unique art installation that they helped create!
Do you have a dream collaborator?
My dream collaborator would be Soo Sunny Park. Her installations are absolutely amazing! I love doing large scale installation work to balance out my small little paintings. The more time I spend creating the more I realize that I either work around five by five inches or ten by twenty feet!
What are some of the challenges that you face as a maker?
I think the biggest challenge is myself. Sometimes when working through a process you start to question yourself which leads down a dark path. You have an idea and as you start working out the details if things do not come together immediately it can kill the creative buzz. Learning to work past that and sometimes running ideas by other creatives can help bring things into a new light. That and sharing your creative awesomeness with the world. Sometimes I don’t post things because I don’t think people care… but they do and tell me so!
How do you use social media and blogging to promote your work?
I need to up my social media game! I usually only post on Instagram and occasionally to Facebook to announce a sale or important upcoming events. When I post on instagram it is mostly pictures of my art in progress or color studies.
Where do you see your shop going?
I would love to continue selling original paintings and prints while working on other side projects. I have been dreaming up a project for over two years but I have not been able to start it because of time constraints. Every step I take and every print or painting I sell is moving towards the goal of being a full time artist!
What are you working on right now?
I am currently updating new work in my etsy shop as well as creating a new online store that focuses on home goods through my website.