We had the good fortune of connecting with Karine Pereda and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Karine, how do you think about risk?
Taking risks to me is essential in creating art. When creating a subject for a piece you are expressing your inner self in a way that may expose a side of yourself that other people may not know or understand. This can be intimidating for someone who is self conscious about expressing deeper feelings. You have to be willing to make art with only your self expression in mind and without catering your ideas to what you assume people want to see or what will sell. In a business sense you have to constantly take risks in order to get your art and ideas out there to the public. You have to be willing to talk to people, organize, and express your ideas in order to get the true meaning of your art across to people whom it may appeal to. With art there is not really a steady income and you always have to find new avenues and creative ways to find a market for what you are selling.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I personally don’t consider myself a professional artist rather I just keep doing what I love and never give up. That is the lesson I have learned with my own experience with art. If you love to do something, just keep doing it no matter what. Eventually you just become more confident and the art comes out more natural and from the heart. Early on my art was very typical in subject matter but has evolved into a more subjective and discrete theme. Multiple people could view the same art piece that I have done but feel and interpret it in completely different ways. I don’t necessarily start a project knowing exactly what impression I want it to leave on someone viewing it. I may start off with somewhat of a doodle and then as it starts to progress I may lean toward a certain mood that I feel it is progressing towards. I like to keep the impression of my art more open to whomever is viewing it which allows people to create their own feelings about it. These are concepts I’ve learned from favorite artists of mine. The reason I really enjoyed their work was not so much because I understood the piece, but more because I didn’t. I still enjoy creating the typical subject matter as well but with an added twist. Such as using a variety of mediums as well as painting on different objects. One thing you’ll find in my art is I will always incorporate nature as I do have a strong connection with the beauty of earth.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We are lucky to be in such a beautiful area where we have the coast, mountains, and a desert all in close proximity. My fun involves favorite local hikes in Mount Laguna which have amazing desert views within a short distance from the city. I love to watch the trees change of color and texture as they go through the different seasons. It has great birdwatching with birds like the American Robin I recently spotted foraging on the ground on Monument Peak Trail. Coffee to follow an early morning hike hits the spot. My local Vista Food Market has great tasting organic coffee from Origen Coffee Roasters. Whole beans to grind up to your liking. Of course Sidecar Doughnuts in Del Mar would be great company to the coffee. Their seasonal goodies have me coming back periodically. I also regularly grab some great tasting tamales at the Vista farmers market from a booth called Gourmet Tamales whom have a variety of vegan and vegetarian options. Being from North County Mikko Sushi in Vista is my spot for sushi. I seem to not be the only one who prefers their tasty sushi rolls being that they are always so busy with to-go orders and sit down customers every time I go. Savory Thai in Oceanside seems to have the same popularity with their amazing curry and spicy noodles. Black Rail Kitchen + Bar is a great place to dine and enjoy some creative mixed drinks on their outdoor patio while vibing to some live jazz. And of course, Casbah in San Diego is “the bar” to go to for music entertainment any night of the week. For the nights at home I would grab groceries from Frazier Farms. The friendly staff and stores music play is a bonus while shopping. The nights at home can still include great tasting beer on tap with a take home growler from Bear Roots or Pure Brewing.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to give credit to other artists that create and find beauty in places that one would least expect. One such person that inspires me is a local artist Janis Jones. @janisselbyjones What I love about her art is that she creates beautifully colorful pieces that are made of plastic that would otherwise be thrown out or littered only to add to our ever-growing problem of plastic pollution in modern society. It gives me hope that she will inspire others to follow her lead and bring awareness to this environmental crisis that is destroying natural life on this planet. I believe if there were a greater majority of people taking time to do these things to better our situation on this planet we would build a better future for all living things. I’m also grateful for my husband whom has always been there to support and help me with my ideas. Together we live a life inspired by nature, art, and music which brings me so much happiness and fulfillment in my life.

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