Hi there! I’m LinaMar, an emerging abstract artist from Colombia, a place of colour and brightness that profoundly influenced my art and style. I was intuitively inspired to connect my life experiences with colours and their meaning and influence.
Painting has always been my way of communicating my feelings and taking in life with its beauty and challenges. My creative goal is to inspire those who view my artworks to reconnect with themselves and enjoy each colour. My playful use of different textures and shapes invites the viewer to focus on mindfully experiencing the paintings.
As a child, I dreamt as full and wide as any other, and my dream was simple then: I wanted to paint, no idea what an artist was at that point. I used to draw and paint with passion and pure intention, painting has always been a way to discover my true self. I don’t know if you have felt this about anything, but it’s an amazing and comforting feeling of fulfilment.
However, whatever my childhood dreams were, the idea of being an artist was still very confusing to me. I did not know that it could be a profession or a way of living, in my mind due to my family, cultural background, my own excuses and fears or whatever you want to call it, I chose what in my mind was a much “employable” career and for a couple of years I totally forgot about painting or expressing myself through colours, art felt so far away and whenever people asked me what I wanted to do for a living, I used to answer like a recorder that the corporate life was my thing, kind of trying to sound interesting, I guess. Although deep down I was so lost and I didn’t even have an answer for myself.
After at least 3 years of not doing art and moving to a new country, the first thing I did to start painting again, was to enrol in a beginner’s course. Losing my fears about what people might think about my paintings –little by little, I started finding my style again. It has been a slow process.
Getting back to the question, I am becoming an artist because simply I needed to redefine what art means to me. In doing so, I rediscovered my dream and my true self. However, this new definition of art is still growing and redefining me, but I am sure working on it. This didn’t happen overnight, though. The last couple of years has been a journey of rediscovering what I like and what I want in my life. I’ve opened my mind to different points of view and nurtured myself in other areas of my life that have given me much more than I could ever imagine.
Becoming an abstract artist came so naturally to me, almost in a flowing and inspiring way. I love how everything begins to fit together when I’m painting, how the colours complement themselves like people, emotions or even places, yet the ideas come to me so suddenly… Intuitively. I never planned for it to turn out this way. Yet, none of this happened by luck or chance. It was through the little things that kept building up to something big in the end.
I am becoming an artist because I want to bring colour to the world. It’s a simple reason, but the journey to realizing that didn’t come so easily to me. It would have been so simple to do something else. But I am sure that I wouldn’t be as happy as I am with art in my life.
How did you come to become who you are today? I’d love to hear your story.
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