Archive for July, 2010

Interview with Julia Rauda – Artist from Los Angeles, CA, USA

Julia Rauda - Artist in Los AngelesJulia Rauda is an artist living in Los Angeles. She describes her artwork as a way of sharing stories, emotions, thoughts, feelings, and memories. You can connect with Julia on Facebook as well as through her website to find out more about her and to purchase her art.

You can view Julia’s Art Portfolio or see her work after the interview below.

ExtraImaginary: Please give us a background of yourself and your journey as an artist.

Julia Rauda: I am a 28 year old woman living in the city of Los Angeles. My parents made me in El Salvador and I was born in LA. I come from a big family filled of love and opinions. I grew up around all kinds of energy and noise making it hard to hear myself. It took me some time to realize how much I love to paint. As a young girl I was easily intimidated and lazy, now I am ready to fall more in love with the experience of painting.

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Exclusive Interview with International Artist Vida Khadem

Artist Vida KhademVida Khadem is a painter, writer and film maker. Her work has been exhibited internationally. She was born in Afghanistan. Her family left the country and moved to the United States when Vida was very young. She has a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and Film from George Mason University and an advanced script writing degree from New York University.

You can learn more about Vida as well as purchase her art through her website – Art by Vida.

View Vida’s art portfolio, or you can view it after the interview below.

ExtraImaginary: Give us a background of yourself and your art.

Vida: Painting has been one of my passions since childhood. All I can say about myself as a painter is that I paint from a place of feeling. My paintings express things that are being drawn from my sub conscious, which creates images that sometimes I can not explain in the present. Other times have I painted images that were foreshadowing of something that will happen in future. I paint because I have to. Painting has been the way in which I could express most of my unspoken feelings since childhood. I could paint before I could speak. The canvas has been my escape, my freedom, my way of self therapy. It is a place where I feel complete freedom! So I am truly humbled for the encouragement of my friends and fans who have shown so much appreciation for my work.

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Interview with John Hansen – Artist in the USA

John HansenJohn Hansen is an artist from the United States of America. He is a self taught digital artist. His art is mostly abstract, although he also does landscapes. You can connect with John on Facebook, or you can visit his website to learn more about him and to purchase his art.

View John’s art portfolio. You can also view his art after the interview below.


ExtraImaginary: Please give us a background of yourself and your art.

John: I have always had the ability to do better than average art, never was commended for my efforts though. I took a couple of art classes, but I never could please the instructor. I was always trying to find my own comfort zone, rather than please the teacher. I got married and did not try any art for 35 years. I got a windows 98 computer with 815 megabyte hard drive in 2004, the hard drive was too tiny for any kind of large programs, but I did start using windows paint. That got my creative juices flowing. I then got a HP Presario with 30 gigabytes, downloaded Twisted Brush, ArtRage, and Dogwaffle I started using them, without looking for instructions, just experimenting with all the tools, filters, alphas, and whatever else there is there and started getting ah ha’s. 5,000 digital art pieces (FILES), amounting to 6 years later, I am totally in love with art. I do art because I am compelled to do so. Not because people give me accolades or money … I do art because my cells, all of them … tell me … DO ART! My art is basically abstract, I can do very good landscapes, still life, and so forth but I have a strong tendency towards abstract art. I have learned through the use of all programs and file system use, to create interesting compositions.

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