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What does a typical day in your life look like?
I don't think I have a typical day. I would like to think that all of them are different since everything changes. Usually I wake up at 7.00am, drink some tea, prepare breakfast for my son, wake him up, feed him (if he wants to eat), drive him to school, then I see what projects I have to finish, what other commission I have for that day and start or continue working on it/them. You know how they say that 'time flies?' Well this is exactly what happens when I'm working. I can't even say where the hours went and it's lunch time when we are sitting together and having lunch. It’s probably the only “ordered” thing in the day, if you think about it.
Primavera by Victoria Rosenfield
What is your studio like?
One of my rooms is considered my studio. I keep all my art supplies and my artworks in there, also my computer -- I look up many things on the internet and learn new things. What can I tell you...it's kind of a mess in there but I try to keep it clean. The problem is that when I am in the middle of a project that room is a complete chaos. Papers everywhere, colors, brushes on the floor, my laptops on the floor...pretty much a mess.
Tell us one unique thing about you / your art.
I think my art is me,I mean everyone has his/her unique style or if not it will come in time after infinite practice, but what I mean is that first comes a feeling deep inside my core of something that I discovered in my meditations and then it's a beautiful image that emerges.
I always try to paint that image and believe it or not I treat it as my very own child. I have many “spiritual” children if you like, but only one made of flesh. I remember I did that since I was a child -- every time I was drawing/painting something I was treating that piece of paper with deep care and respect and really thought as being my little baby.
What do you love most about being an artist?
Well, you'll be surprised but the most enjoyable thing is looking inside me for a new piece of art. It's that moment when you get a spark of enlightenment and your entire “Self” says: "Yes, that's my new project”. Another part of my soul is being discovered.
Which is your favorite commissioned piece so far and what is the story behind it?
I remember I had to make some horses for someone and those horses were supposed to be in motion. Now, I do not usually paint or draw animals and at that moment I felt a bit stuck and I was about to cancel the project and call the customer but in that very moment a weird synchronicity happened and on TV was a show about horses. I was so involved in that show that I forgot my train of thoughts and after it ended, I felt a deep connection to the whole horse -- the beauty,the freedom, the power everything that a horse could be. Well, that painting was done that very day.
Thoughts of the Past by Victoria Rosenfield
What are 3 things you can’t live without?
My son, my husband and my awakened spirit.
Where do you get inspiration when you need it most?
I meditate, I do a lot of yoga and other related types of spiritual meditations and...I just watch Nature. There is no better teacher than Nature.
What does success look like to you?
I know many people think about success as a fancy car,a huge house and maybe a million dollars in your bank account but that doesn't define success. That is a very superficial way of thinking and if you take it like that and only like that then not only you won't appreciate your money but you will lose them faster that you think because you will want to fill that hole, that missing piece of “something” with more and more superficial things, material things.
Success is a hard road, is your path and it grows with you being part of you. You don't learn only about your art or how to gain more skills and comprehend new techniques but it is about learning life, learning the connections between different things. You learn about yourself, about people, about beauty. It's a very complex journey and not everyone is able to pay for it.
I’ve seen many artists, good and talented artists giving up, and I always ask: "Why?” Well because life happens but you always have to remember that this is your path-good or bad. And money will come, one way or another -- you just have to make sure at the end of the road you are not just an empty shell that knows how to handle a brush.
How do you work on commissions?
Well, the client contacts me and tells me what he wants. If I like the brief description that he has provided (and the subject of course), I contact him and ask for more details. We settle a price. I tell him what I will do, how I will do it and always ask if he agrees. I do a sketch of the subject, take a photo of it and send it to the customer, and ask for feedback. At every step, I try to take pictures and ask the customer if he likes it. If not what can I do to make it better, what colors he prefers, etc. Remember it's a dialog. The customer is the boss, so to speak but I also remind him that some things, colors, concepts don't go together. If he still prefers them it's fine, but I always advise my clients.
To commission Victoria, chat with her at her artist page.