We had the good fortune of connecting with Redin Winter and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Redin, how do you think about risk?
Taking risks is probably the one thing that propelled me into my art business today. I have always been a risk taker. I started a lucrative career as a model at twenty-eight years old and a mother, when most models start in their teens, and that risk led to me signing with one of the largest international modeling agencies, Wilhelmina. Of course everyone told me the idea was ludicrous at the time. I began a rigorous PhD program with two children, one that was an infant, I still wonder how I managed to pull that off. And after completing the program I made a risky, bold, and vulnerable decision to put myself out into the world as a painter. I have a motto that I live by: Look out, don’t look up. The reality is I do have responsibilities that I cannot bypass in order to pursue a dream where my head is up in the clouds. I am in my forties, I have children to love and care for, bills, and so taking risks that are thought out, calculated, planned is far different than risky behavior. So you look out at the horizon, understand where you are headed, and try not to get caught up in the clouds. Looking down at my feet and not doing anything is not an option. Once you understand that there will be failure, as there can be failure in any type of occupation or job, many risks don’t actually seem that way at all. While some may view starting an artistic practice later in life as risky, I deem it as necessary. The way I look at every crossroad and decision I make is “What will be the consequence if it fails?” That has opened up a great sense of freedom as an artist and an entrepreneur.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am an abstract expressionist artist using acrylics, inks, charcoal, and texturing paste as my main mediums of choice. They are rooted in organic and natural forms. I am interested in how we relate to spaces emotionally: the connections we make to land types, the spaces we inhabit, the places we want to escape to, the memories we have. It is important to me because I feel we create our way of existing in the world around us through these connections to spaces. It was quite challenging over the past few years deciphering my artistic voice. The thing that helped me was quieting the noise. There is a lot of noise that comes at us every day, all day, and as an artist that noise can lead you down some dark paths. It can make you question your worth and your work. Maybe it can even influence you to try and be a more commercial and decorative artist to bring in a higher cash flow. The focus I have found in the past year has truly changed how I am navigating the artistic world and the world as a small business owner. I now understand that productivity is not the only goal. I had to realize as an artist I needed time set aside every day to ponder, process, and then go to the canvas. If I hadn’t carved out that time to process separate from actual painting, I am not sure if I would have a true understanding of why landscapes in general, and our emotional connections to spaces was always calling out to me. You have to spend the time to sit with it. At some point of course, you have to get moving on that substrate of your choosing, but finding that time was instrumental in leveraging myself as an artist. I am most proud of finding that voice and vision this past few years. I now always start with playing and exploring on the canvas, then I sit back a little, make some decisions, and move forward.
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.
Well a caveat is that my friends are not big nature lovers so a hike to potato chip rock would not make the itinerary, although that is a fantastic hike. We would spend a day at Mission Beach, ride some rides at Belmont Park, and take part in the Escape room. The second day we would spend a day at Balboa Park with a picnic and visits to our world class museums and maybe a nighttime visit to the zoo. There would definitely be a shopping day to visit San Diego’s amazing selection of unique boutique stores including Act I in La Mesa, Verbatim Books, Frock You, and walking the streets of Pacific Beach. Even though I am a vegetarian, my friends are not, so we would go to Rocky’s Crown Pub for some of the best burgers and fries, take them to go and eat them at the bay. We would have tapas at Cafe’ Sevilla and end the night having drinks at my favorite bar The Tipsy Crow in the gaslamp district.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to give a special shoutout to Patric Stillman at the Studio Door, located in Hillcrest, He was the first person that gave me an exhibition opportunity and thus the courage to seek out other artistic opportunities. More so, I owe my artistic career to Kate Ashton at Art on 30th. I had never painted purely abstract paintings before becoming involved with Kate and Kristen Guest at Art on 30th. Previously I painted landscapes and figurative works. Kate, and the community of artists she has worked hard at building and sustaining over the years, created a safe place of exploration for me. Often teachers and mentors attempt to mold artists into visions of themselves. Kate does an amazing job at doing the opposite. She gives you space to explore, guides you through your work and makes it better, but it always retains your personal artistic voice. I am forever indebted to Kate Ashton and the home I found for making art at Art on 30th.