Recently I had the opportunity to interview Violet Kirk. Violet was born and raised in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas. From a young age, Violet enjoyed and appreciated the arts. By the age of 17 she entered the state and national photography/art contest in which she placed first and third during the same event.
By Al Gord
Violet, you were born and raised in Texas, but a lot of your development as an artist occurred overseas. What was the artistic inspiration that motivated you to make this artistic journey?
I still reside in Texas, but what prompted me to travel to Europe and gather inspiration was the historical beautiful buildings, landmarks, and landscapes. There is something magical about it, almost fairy tale like.
How would you describe your style of work?
Pop meets whimsical.
Where does your current inspiration come from when you are creating?
My inspiration comes from films, books, music. Now that I am a mother, my biggest inspiration is my son. I want my work to show him one day, that as you get older the world can be gruelling and tough. Merely to hold on to that spark of creativity, share it, because you simply don’t know who out there by displaying your artwork, book, music, play, dance, or culinary. Only by giving a taste of your imagination, might give that other person on the other side of the glass a better day.
You use a variety of media to create your works. Is there one particular medium that is still personal to you?
Water colors, I love how it moves and dances into the paper.
You have a wide range of artistic influences. Do you see any specific artist’s influence represented in your work?
Nataly Abramovitch A.K.A. Kukula, how her art reminds me of Alice in Wonderland meets Victorian, both my favorite story and time era. When I see her work, it gets me pumped to pick up my brush and let that canvas have it!
Your work is gaining recognition internationally. I understand that you even have a connection to Selma Hayek. Tell us about that.
I saw Selma Hayek in an Alexander McQueen’s white peacock dress, and I thought she and the dress was gorgeous. I painted her in that dress, which she had recognized me in her Instagram feed twice. One for the dress and the other for her lipstick line I had painted.
Where do you see your art going in the future?
I would wish my work to be more involved in art shows and eventually a solo show.
Do you have any advice for anyone starting in the field?
Yes, paint, paint, and paint! It is the best way to improve and heighten your skills, and share your work to the world! Do not be afraid to show it, as I said before, you just might make a person out there have a better day.
Are there any thoughts with which you want to leave us?
I will depart you with one of my favorite quotes that pushes me every day with my dreams and hopes with my artwork. “Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.” – James Dean
As a first time mother Violet continues to experiment with her art. With her wide range of artistic interests and media, from sculpting and photography, to painting, the opportunities are endless for this talented visual artist. She is currently working on an arts magazine, which will be released in the near future. To learn more about Violet and to view her complete gallery you can find her at www.violetkirk.com.
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