I am on the hunt for some new things to look at on my walls and so I was browsing around on Etsy recently when I discovered the fabulous Art by Cornelia. I instantly fell in love with her abstract style, the mostly muted colors and the use of shimmering metallic paints and so I wanted to find out more about the artist behind these gorgeous paintings.
I emailed Cornelia to ask a little bit more about her inspiration and how she got started as a painter :
“I became fascinated with painting at a young age ever since about third grade when all the students got these watercolor paint sets to take home, I was completely hooked. My mom noticed my interest and she began to buy me used paint sets at garage sales all throughout grade school and high school, I remember cutting the ends off the crumpled tubes to squeeze every last drop of paint out. When I was deciding what to study in college everyone told me that you can’t make a living being an artist so I decided to study interior design because that was another thing that I really loved. After about three years I realized that I just wasn’t happy and I started asking myself that question “what would you do if you knew you could not fail?” and painting was the one and only thing that came to mind, so I decided to do it. I love making art, I love being in control of the whole process, deciding what to work on, having my space to work in, working at my own pace, and the best part is constantly discovering something new, mixing materials and techniques and having something that you were not expecting happen.”
Where you get your inspiration from?
“I am very drawn to things that are worn or imperfect, that have the mark of time on them, the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi Sabi. I am inspired by textures and color combinations whether in nature or man-made fabrics or materials, I am always taking pictures of little details and saving clippings from magazines of patterns or beautiful clothes or interiors. The idea of rain continually comes up in my paintings, I love the idea of a moody rainy day where things are blurred and colors are saturated. Often I’ll be working on a painting and in the middle of it I’ll notice some small thing that’s happening like the way two of the colors are merging or the way the texture is showing through from under a wash and I’ll be inspired to make a whole new painting from that.”
Do you look to current color trends to help define your palette?
“Actually, I just finished an emerald painting that I was instantly inspired to do when I saw an article featuring these beautiful emerald dresses. I love fashion and interior design so I am always flipping through magazines or books and am often inspired by a certain dress or the color combination in an interior. I love the continuous change of things, how colors or themes will go in and out of style and the same things become new over and over.”
A big thanks to Cornelia for sharing her inspirations and gorgeous paintings with us and if you want to see more of her work you can check out her store here .