Please welcome A Life Sustained sponsor Inga Zeitlin!
A trained artist, Inga expresses her creativity on canvas and in the form of jewelry made from precious metal clay. You can read more about her and her process on her website. Her jewlery is for sale in her shop Smooth Metal Design and she sells high quality giclée prints of her paintings in her shop Inga Zeitlin.
Tell us a little bit about your background and how you became an artist.
I graduated from Siauliai University in Lithuania with a Bachelor's degree in Applied, Visual Arts and Education. There I'd learned a lot of different mediums and techniques and gained the ability to express myself in 2D and 3D art. I spent some time in research, then life gave me the possibility to discover Photoshop, Freehand, and all the creativity to be found inside a monitor's virtual reality. That was fun, but my hands were itching for something more basic; the usual hands-on expression. I'm very egotistical about my paintings. I create little, rarely, sparingly, and as a result, all my paintings are very personal and I don't easily part with them. I need night's quiet tranquility, poetry and music to get into the painting mood and we all know how it is difficult in today's fast city pace to find this time (while keeping a day job, being driver to all my son's after-school programs, etc.). I was looking for something more technical, but also creative when I stumbled on the words "metal clay" online. And here comes my 3D/Applied Art experience. Working with clay was "normal" for me so I let myself enjoy every moment (and still do).
For you, what's the relationship between the different mediums in which you work?
It's funny, but jewelry "pushed" me back to drawing (doing sketches) and from that back to painting. My son is a big boy in high school now and doesn't need his mama all the time and I get support and understanding from both my men by letting have my quiet tranquility time.
I paint depending on my mood and muse, maybe because of that my paintings are not in a particular style. You can't control your moods and I don't try. I just use material that matches my mood today: canvas, oil, acrylic, sand paper...whatever works.
Today's technology gave me the possibility to ignore my egoism and to share with you my art in the form of reproduction - high quality giclée prints. All giclée prints are printed using archival pigment inks and archival, 100% cotton Fine Art paper or canvas. And still...every time when a print comes out I am amazed at how close a professional printer can come to the original.
Inga is offering to one lucky A Life Sustained reader their choice of any 8x10 print from her shop!
You can get two additional entries. First, you can Follow A Life Sustained through Google Friend Connect and second, you can Tweet the following message: Check Out Inga Zeitlin Giveaway at http://tiny.cc/e6mbo #alifesustained
Be sure to leave a comment for each "extra" so they can be counted. Comments will be closed and a winner will be announced here on August 6.
And the lucky winner is TopHat!
"How cute! I'd love to put these up!"
Thank you Inga Zeitlin!