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Interview with Apryl Miller – Artist from NYC

Apryl Miller

Apryl Miller is an artist residing in New York. A lifelong poet, she discovered her love and talent for art later in life. Her work includes paintings, soft sculptures, installations, collage, furniture, and interior design. You can find out more about Apryl through her website, Facebook, Twitter, and her portfolio on Saatchi.

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

Apryl Miller Dyl-ScanApryl Miller: I come from a large, creative, DIY family and though we were always doing different sorts of art projects, we were not gifted visually and we never thought of ourselves as artistic. My father was a minister and I remember as a small child going and helping the church ladies put together their beautiful, clever projects to sell at the yearly Christmas Fair.

When I had to paint or draw an image in art classes as a child, it was difficult for me. It seemed as if I was always expected to make tight, realistic images, when I am actually a loose, abstract artist. But I could not have known that then, and those childhood classes were not the place to experiment. It was in my home, with my family, working on projects together, that I felt a sense of mastery and direction. When I was in my early 40’s, I began to whisper to myself that I was an artist and as time went on, that whisper turned into a normal speaking voice.

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Interview with Richard Kuria – Artist in Eldoret, Kenya

Richard KuriaRichard Kuria is an painter and pencil sketch artist living in Eldoret, Kenya. He is currently studying at the Moi University in Eldoret, doing a BSc. in Project Planning and Management.

You can connect with Richard on Facebook or by phone at +254-725-357-241.

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

Richard Kuria: My name is Kuria Richard Njogu, currently living in Eldoret. I grew up in Bungoma, Western Kenya. I attended a private school there called Marell Academy, where I was first introduced to art. Back then, I mostly drew cartoons. I enjoyed the attention I got from the other students, about how good I was. I was never serious about art, not until I joined High School, (Booker Academy, Mumias), when doing Art and Design, where I really discovered my love for it. I got recognized as a talented artist, through winning awards or when it came to people talking about my art.

Richard Kuria ArtAfter high in 2010, I needed to make some money. I met a guy, now a really good friend of mine, living in Bungoma, called Joshua (Josh), a great artist. He introduced me to the painting and framing technique displayed below. Working with him taught me a lot, and in the end, I got to make money from the pieces we sold. Unfortunately, people want the cheapest thing they can get, thus it was very hard to sell the pieces at high prices, but what I learnt from my time with him, was priceless.

Richard Kuria ArtAlso during that time, I got interested in doing portraits, specifically pencil portraits. I got in love with it and wanted to do it all the time. I did not have anyone to teach me, so I spent a lot of time, looking at other artists work in the internet. I got some tips here and there and developed my own techniques and tricks along the way, and with every portrait I did I got a little better. I have been doing commissions since 2011 and I have done work for people all over the country.

Currently I work as a freelance artist, which is a good choice for me, because the operating costs are typically low. I am also working on turning my love for art into a career, and exhibiting my works in galleries.

I strive to produce the best portrait drawings I can, making them as realistic as I possibly can.

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Interview with Clinton Kirkpatrick – Artist from Northern Ireland

Clinton KirkpatrickClinton Kirkpatrick is an artist from Northern Ireland. He is currently in Kenya preparing for his exhibit “Where he ran, and returned to.” at the Nairobi Museum from May 3rd to 31st, 2014. You can find out more about Clinton through his website or his facebook page.

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

Clinton Kirkpatrick: Hello! Well my name is Clinton Kirkpatrick and I am 29 years old, I am 6 feet 4 inches tall, I have dark hair, I am from Northern Ireland, I am a painter and a woodcut printmaker. My journey with art has brought me, now, to Kenya but let me take you back a little further first of all. I left school when I was 16 to pursue art full time. Art and music is where I knew my heart lay so I had to choose one to study. I am glad I went with art in the end as the journey has been quite incredible.

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Interview with Artist Arnold Indusa from Nairobi, Kenya

Arnold IndusaArnold Indusa is a talented pencil sketch artist from Nairobi, Kenya. He also has a Bachelor’s degree in Business IT. You can learn more about him and contact him through his facebook page.

ExtraImaginary: Please give us a background of yourself and how you got started with art.

Arnold Indusa: Well, I found myself drawing at the back of my school books way back in primary school, and was definitely fascinated by that. I actually enjoyed it a lot though I got into a lot of trouble for “dirtifying” my school books. Little did people know it was a blessing in disguise. I’m the first born out of the 3 of us, and I live in South C. I graduated from Strathmore University with a Bachelors Degree in Business IT.

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Interview with Annette Jimerson – Artist in the United States

Annette Jimerson Annette Jimerson is an artist from San Jacinto, California. She was identified at a very young age as a talented artist, securing a scholarship, and was encouraged by her mother to develop her skills. Annette’s art is inspired by the world, the people and all life within it. Connect with Annette through her website or email her at annettejimerson [at] gmail [dot] com, for more information and to purchase her art. You can also view her art at Artwanted.com, Society 6, and at A Princess Store.

You can view Annette’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.

Annette Jimerson: I come from a very talented artist my mom “Jessie Lee Jimerson” who had one of her paintings that sold to the Chicago Museum, at an early age. She was born 1927, I would love to find some of her work.

As for my journey, one day while with my mom at an art store, I was looking through a “How to Draw Portraits Book” in 1974, and asked for her to buy me some pencils and a sketch pad. Every piece that I drew was very expressive, professional, and it looked as if I had been here before as a artist, some of these drawings I still have and are available for viewing on my website.
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Interview with Ashish Soni – Artist in India

Ashish SoniAshish Soni is a self taught pencil sketch artist from India. He strives to make his sketches realistic, life like and natural. You can connect with Ashish on Facebook to learn more about him and to purchase his art.

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



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

I live in a small town Durg near Raipur, capital of Chattisgarh. I have always been good at learning new things and I take it as a challenge to become good in any field. After learning guitar, I was looking for something different yet artistic which would allow me to capture my views in a different manner than music. I used to draw cartoons (Ducktales, Spiderman, Batman, Mogli, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck etc) when I was a kid and also did a lot of ‘Rangoli’ during Diwali time. My craziest work was the Scenes of Jurassic Park (When Dinosour breaks the Fencing) sketching out on paper when I saw the Movie. When I saw pencil sketches online two-three years ago, I got inspired to try my hands at it. I started by downloading a few e-books on sketching and learning from them, I got an idea but not that much help. Soon I realized I had a good eye for lighting, angle, shades, detailing etc. that helped me capture real essence in pictures. Now a days I strive to make my sketches as close to reality as possible. All my sketches have a life and they are realistic.

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Interview with Shalini Srivatsan & Shruthi Srivatsan – Bharatanatyam Dancers from Nairobi, Kenya

Shalini Srivatsan and Shruthi SrivatsanShalini Srivatsan is a Medical Electronics Engineer and Shruthi Srivatsan is an IT Professional. Both sisters have pursued their art form of Bharatanatyam dance, a classical dance from South India, since they were 3-4 years old. They also teach the art form to other aspiring young children in Nairobi, Kenya.

You can connect with Shalini and Shruthi on Facebook. You can also view photos of some of their performances.

ExtraImaginary: Please give us a little background about yourselves and your dance.

Shalini & Shruthi: In the real world (LOL … as in working world) we both are graduates. Shalini in medical electronics engineering and Shruthi in Information systems and technology. We both work in Nairobi; Shallu is a product specialist at Nairobi X-Ray Supplies Ltd and Shruthi the head of IT at Kenya Data Networks (KDN).

In our world, we are dancers … and dreamers … As far as dance goes, we’ve been learning right here at home since we were 4 and 3. Dance pretty much defines a huge part of us! We are Bharatanatyam dancers.

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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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