Today we have the pleasure of meeting fine artist Maria Kitano, who offers her own original artwork, prints, drawings and ACEO in her DaWanda storefront, Maria Kitano Art. We love Maria’s bold use of colour and her eye for abstraction. Her shadowy birds, delicately rendered cityscapes and mesmerising figurative works are aesthetically lovely enough to adorn your living room wall, while maintaining a strong sense of artistic vision. We spoke to Maria about her creative process, and gained an insight into how DaWanda works for a self-representing contemporary fine artist:
Please tell us a bit about yourself:
My name is Maria and I am the creative mind behind MKArt. In 2006 i have decided to follow my passion and become a full time freelance artist. I grew up surrounded by art, I had two amazingly talented and creative grandparents who taught me so much about life and art. Currently I am settling down in my new home together with my wonderful husband, and working from my home studio.
How did you discover that you have creative tendencies?
I’ve been creating from the day I could hold a pen. My grandmother still keeps my first drawing, done when i was 2 years old!
Where do you find your inspiration?
My inspirations comes from nature, animals, daily experiences, and most of the time I don’t know it until I’m feeling it. There are so many colors and textures in nature, so many wonderful things to be discovered. Music can also be very inspiring. I always listen to music while I am creating. The fact that I have my dream job is also very motivating.
Do you have any role models/inspirations in the area of Design? If so, who and why?
Several artists that I find amazing such as Van Gogh, Turner, Monet.
Which materials do you use to create your products?
Mostly oils, canvas, pencil, charcoal, watercolors, paper. I also like to experiment and try unusual combinations of materials in order to create unique textures and effects for my paintings.
Please give us a brief summary of your creative process:
I would describe my creative process as very spontaneous. When I start a new painting I don’t know how it will turn out to be in the end. I don’t have a plan before starting. Usually, I start painting and adjust things as I go along until I am happy with the result.
What characterises your products/your style?
I try to create unique works every time. I am not a fan of mass-produced things or reproductions, especially when it comes to art and decorations. Every time I create a new painting I want it to stand out from the rest.
Who are your customers?
Anyone who appreciates original art. I have customers from all over the world: USA, Europe, Asia, of various ages and social backgrounds. I am happy that my art is suitable for such a wide range of customers.
What do you want to achieve in the future as a Designer/Creative?
To reach as many people possible through my art, and most important to improve and progress as an artist.
What role does DaWanda play in your daily creative life?
Opening a shop on DaWanda made me want to create even more. I am always looking forward to listing a new item , checking the comments and view counts and receiving feedback about my work.
How has your life changed since you opened your DaWanda shop?
One important change was that my sales increased fairly quickly. My business is mostly online based, so opening a new shop was a great way for me to make my art even more known and get new customers. I am also more involved in promoting my work, being an active member of the DaWanda community and trying to pass on my experience as a DaWanda seller to new members.
Any closing comments?
Thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself and my art. I am very glad to be a member of this amazing website!
P.S. If YOU would like to be considered for one of our Monday seller interviews, then please send a filled-out questionnaire to azra[at]dawanda[dot]com!