Featured Artist: Priscilla Gonzalez

Featured Artist: Priscilla Gonzalez

August 2018 Featured Artist - Priscilla Gonzalez

Priscilla Gonzalez is this month's Featured Artist! We found Priscilla on Instagram and were instantly impressed by her work. The level of detail in her pieces is truly something to behold.

Follow her on social media for more beautiful inspiration!

Facebook: facebook.com/priscilla.g.art
Instagram: instagram.com/cillgonzalez_art

From Priscilla: "My name is Priscilla Gonzalez. I am a mother of 4, wife and Military Veteran. I am a freelance artist, I create wedding sketches for an event company and I am also a portraitist and concentrate on realism paintings.

I started out using Royal & Langnickel's charcoal and graphite pencils. And for the longest time, all I did were charcoal sketches. So I have piles of sketch books. Now, I work with oils and watercolors. I love the array, brightness and richness of colors. The Crafter's Choice brushes are terrific - easy to clean and overall the prices are great too."

Q: When and how did you start out as an artist?

A: I have been drawing and painting my whole life. Entering contests as a kid and sketching portraits. In 2015, I was approached by a friend to submit work for an art show. The experience was amazing. I was able to meet other local artists and learn from their experiences. It opened the door to many opportunities. I've had my work in a couple dozen art shows and galleries.

Q: Who are some artists that inspired your work?

A: I fell in love with the Realism art era. Seeing work from artists like Gustave Courbet and Edouard Manet is captivating. Capturing that detail and truthiness behind it make it worth the challenge. I have also been following hyper-realistic artists such as Mike Dargas and Gottfried Helnwein. They paint at the level I aspire to get to.

Q: What is your dream project?

A: I would absolutely love to assist in the reconstruction of a crime scene, whether it's a crime scene sketch, courtroom sketching or the facial reconstruction of a decomposed human skull. I find that kind of work fascinating and it is a goal of mine to pursue a career in that field.

Q: What's your preferred medium to work with?

A: I positively love oil painting! The fluidity and overall richness of oils is magnificent.

Q: What are some of your favorite Royal & Langnickel brushes/products and how do you use them?

A: My favorite Royal & Langnickel products are the oils. There is a wonderful selection of colors and they're great for mixing and creating texture. The watercolor paints are my next choice. I love the vibrant colors and a little bit goes a long way. My favorite brushes are the Crafter's Choice, there is a huge selection of shapes and sizes. The flat brushes are even great for calligraphy and the smaller detailing brushes are a blessing for all that realism detail that goes into one of my paintings. The Crafter's Choice brushes are easy to clean and I don't have to worry about the paint peeling off the handle.

Q: What themes do you pursue?

A: Realism. My favorite subjects to paint are realistic macro style lips, faces, eyes and I also love painting in black and white. I will also step outside of the box and paint abstract; the chaotic textures and array of colors are mesmerizing and I can completely get lost in it.

Q: Can you describe your creative process?

A: I start off with plenty of music, nothing too crazy, and research. Trying to find a right pose, contrast and going for the most defined detail and I also prefer working with natural lighting so a nice and sunny day will definitely motivate me even more. I find that with oil there is no rushing, I love that I can take my time and build as many layers of colors to really get that detail to look as realistic as possible.

Q: What one piece of advice would you offer to an artist just starting out?

A: “An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one” -Charles H. Cooley
One of my favorite quotes and completely true, we live in a world full of critics and that should never falter your creativity..

Q: What's the best piece of advice you've been given?

A: Keep challenging yourself and do not settle. My husband is the one that encourages me to challenge myself, he is always looking for ways to be better and do more. Seeing his amazing work ethic and ambition gives me the confidence and motivation to be a better artist and overall person.

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