We had the good fortune of connecting with Kristina Ponomarenko and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kristina, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I don’t think I decided to become an artist. It kind of just happened as life happened. Ever since I was young I’ve always enjoyed art, drawing and creating things. I never thought I’d be able to sell anything. When I started showing my paintings to my friends, they were asking if they could buy it. Inspired by people loving what I do, little by little art took over my life. Now it’s a full time job. I enjoy creating things and always have and always will. It is just part of me, who I am. If I could not Create art, I do not know what life would be like for me.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Actually I’d like to talk about traveling as it’s one of the most important things for me! Traveling is a fuel to my inspiration! It has gotten under my skin and dug deep into my soul. I swear all my best ideas happen on a beach, plane or in mountains… Anyone else feel out there like me?? Traveling is one of those things that everybody wants to do but most people don’t do enough of. They allow even the smallest situation to stop them from going on a life changing trip. Despite certain circumstances, sometimes you just have to make the decision to go to that place you’ve always wanted to visit. There is a good chance it can change your life. Personally, traveling has inspired a massive life change for me: First of all, while traveling I decided to move to San Diego where I live now for 10 years. That was a huge and scary step but it turned out for the best! Traveling helps me to create ideas for a breakthrough in my business. Often while traveling, a business owner thought of a new product or a ground breaking idea that changed their business dramatically. You even hear that while traveling, people think of ideas and open their own business. Travel inspired me to pursue my passion. Being in a strange environment has a very interesting way of making you think differently. It helps bring out all of the creativity inside of you and can help you make the decision to follow your dreams. Travel gives you the head space to explore your creative mind, and you may just find yourself writing, or drawing as you sit on that bus, or on that beach.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’d take my friends to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Sunset Cliffs for hiking. Trails offer a chance to get up close and with beautiful sandstone ravines and badlands as well as breathtaking views of the coastline. Next stop would be Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Widely considered the “birthplace of California,” Old Town San Diego shows visitors what it was like to live through different eras of California history, from the time of Spanish explorers to the California gold rush. We’d have some delicious Mexican food in this area. Just across the bay from San Diego, Coronado Beach is popular because of it’s long shoreline, clean sands, peaceful atmosphere and idyllic location in the “Crown City” (in Spanish, “Coronado” means “crowned one”). The historic Hotel del Coronado – a 130-year-old National Historic Landmark – is perched just beyond the sand. Movie “Some like it hot” with Marylin Monroe was filmed in here! And, of course, for nightlife i’d take them to Gaslamp Quarter!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My biggest supporters are my parents, my second half and my friends. They all criticize, encourage and help me with new ideas. I am blessed to have that many people believing in me.
Kristina Davini Photography