We had the good fortune of connecting with Monica Martin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Monica, how have you been keeping yourself busy during quarantine?
My favorite thing to do during quarantine has been to create. Whether it was trying a new technique in art or trying a new recipe in the kitchen. As an artist, working from home is my normal, and I am lucky to have a space where I can work on art. I have had the opportunity to take a few online paint classes, and started an art journal to document my thoughts and artwork during the quarantine. I’ve spent a lot more time with my children watching movies, doing puzzles and just being together.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art has evolved over the years. I began mostly as a mixed media artist, and through exploring and taking classes, I am now a contemporary artist. I go between watercolors and acrylics and I love having the opportunity to do both in my collection. I think the one thing I’ve learned the most through creating art and running an art business is resilience. There is never room for giving up when running a business. It is a constant juggling of what to do next and what you can do better. Improving your art requires hundreds of hours of practicing your technique/style.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shout out goes to every single artist who’s crossed my path in the past 8 years. It would be hard to name each one, as I have rented studios in four different locations. I have met self taught artists, highly educated artists, former museum curators, as well as very experienced art teachers. I feel honored to know each and every one of them. The art community is an amazing group of individuals.