Interview with Victoria BC Artist Andrea Soos
How would you describe your artistic style?
Intuitive process based abstract art.
What’s the main inspiration for your art?
Music, emotions, colour.
What is the biggest goal you try to achieve with your art?
To bring joy to the viewer and to myself as the creator.
What’s your favourite thing about being an abstract artist?
That I can trust my instincts in my work.
Why abstract art and not other mediums? Have you always created abstract art or did you start out creating other styles?
I’ve been a mixed media artist as long as I can remember, meaning I have tried it all and still really enjoy jumping around in mediums and substrates but I have tried to narrow down my practice to something more consistent. I was verging on a serious hoarding problem of all the art supplies … I had to remove the temptations and focus on acrylic mainly.
If you could describe your art in three words, what would they be?
Joyful, expressive, emotional.
What’s one thing people might not know about you and/or your art journey so far?
I have only been a full time artist for 5 years. Before that I was an art instructor and ran a wonderful community art studio.
Did you always know you’d be an artist or how has your art journey progressed?
I began teaching art to all ages when i was still young and it really helped create my own personal style by trying a lot of mediums and styles to find my own.
In your opinion, what’s the most important personal characteristic needed to embark on a career as an artist?
Working hard and from your heart.
What advice would you give up and coming abstract artists?
Keep creating, a little every day, and find what you love to do and put your energy there.
Do you have any favourite podcasts or books that you love and that have contributed to your journey as an artist?
The Jealous Curator has always been a great support and inspiration. I also really relate to Laura Horn and all her podcast topics.
What’s your most fulfilling and enjoyable experience as an artist so far?
Creating a full time career doing what I love.
Where do you see yourself and your art in 5 years?
Hopefully continuing to make work that I love in my nearly finished new studio on the lake.