What is the best thing that I love about my work?My work gives me the chance to connect with people to a deeper level. When my collectors tell me that they relate with my work, are moved by it, or when they tell me that my art is somehow helping
them out at an emotional level, helping them overcoming depression, or bearing the pain, that’s what I love the most about my work. Most of my paintings are very personal and speaks about my feelings, so this is a “virtuous circle”, where art is a therapy for both who makes it and who receives it. I think that every form of art, as a pure act of creation, is a little miracle.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? Perfect happiness doesn’t exist, but I think that having close to you the people that you love, knowing that they are good and safe is already a big thing. Following your call and having a purpose in life is very important and keep the flame burning, the enthusiasm, the joy of discovery, being present in the
moment, knowing that what you do respects yourself and the others. Working always on being a better person, and forgive yourself for your past mistakes.
What is my greatest fear? I do my best to face my fears, but I think it’s something too private that I can share only in the form of art, but not put into words.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I’m very precise with most things and I think that it’s even clear by looking at my artworks that I pay very much attention to the details. But despite that, for my whole life I’ve always had a problem with the clock. My work is not just creating art, but I take care of every aspect of it, which means that I’m my own manager, accountant, that I take care of shipping, updating website and all pc stuff. I don’t mind doing these things, but I wish they wouldn’t take away so much time from what I love the most which is simply painting and drawing.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? I’m the happiest when I’m in the now, concentrating only on what I’m creating and I feel like things are coming naturally.
If I could, what would I change about myself? Working by myself, I must have discipline and complete what I start. Nobody tells me what to do, so I have to tell myself. But usually this come easy to me for the things that I have a passion for, while instead I procrastinate on the things that I don’t like too much. I’ve never been able to stick to a
physical exercise program for more than 3 months in a row. Cultivate your spirit, your passions and your soul is very important, but having a good care of yourself as a whole human being is important too. Especially if you have a job where you sit in front of an easel or at a desk for hours. You need to move and to exercise. I want to work on my will power and make me stick also with those things that are not fun for me.
What is my greatest achievement in work? Having the possibility of supporting myself with my work, which nowadays is not easy. And for this I must thank with my open heart, all the people that have believed and that believe in me, that love my art and that everyday contribute with their love and concrete support to make this possible. I can keep painting thanks to you guys, and this is why I put all my effort and soul into what I do, because I want to give love back to you through my art, through every single brush stroke, all that love, all that good energy that you send to me always.
Where would I most like to live? Anywhere. Home is where the people that you love is.
What is my most treasured possession? My little collection of art, frames, vintage toys, My Little Ponies and Calico Critters.
What is my most marked characteristic? I’m creative I guess LOL
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? I like to go around and visit places in my city and in other cities. I love history and art museums, architecture… I love nature. But most of the time my ideas come to me in the quiet of my studio. I need to be alone and I need silence. Then when the inspiration has come, I need music, to help me
get into a certain mood and to keep me focused.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? I don’t have a favorite place, the important is to be in good company.
What books influenced my life and how? Rhonda Byrne’s books, the Power and The Secret. They are actually nothing new, they are a summit of wise teachings from different cultures, but explained in a way that is easier to relate and to practice. I
strongly believe that these books have changed in better my way of thinking.
Who are my favorite writers? Wilde, Poe, Carroll
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Summer Breeze, cover by Type O Negative
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Sailor Moon
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My parents
Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? Zoolander
What role plays art in my life and work? Art is everything to me.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My family and my best friend.
Whom would I like to work with in 2018? I love working with galleries and I’ve always had good experiences with very professional curators. For 2018 though, I’ve decided to slow down just a little bit with gallery shows, because last year was really super busy. I need some time to focus more on learning new things and I want to dedicate more
time improving my oil technique. So I guess I should say that for 2018 I want to work more with myself and also complete some projects that I’ve been having in my mind for a long time.
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018? Honestly I have to big of a list!
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? This year I want to start working more on bigger size paintings, because it will be a good way to step out of my comfort zone and to get better at what you do it is necessary to do things that in the beginning can be a little intimidating. I’ve just started to take commissions again after a few years that I wasn’t taking them anymore. I like working directly with my collectors, they are awesome and I love to hear their ideas and feelings and create something together. They trust me, so most of the time they leave me very much free and things come out naturally. Also I’m in the process to open a new online shop where I will offer different merchandise than my regular Etsy shop, which is focused mostly on prints and originals. Another thing that I’m planning is to finally release my coloring book. I’ve received so many requests for it and so I’m doing my best to complete it in a reasonable time. I also have some other projects, but these are still top secret 😉
Where can you see me or my work in 2018?
These are the upcoming events that are confirmed at the moment:
October 2018 “Killing Jar” Gristle Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
May 2018 “Sweet Shop” Gristle Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
April 2018 “13 Anniversary show” Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
March 2018 “Venus” La Bodega Gallery, San Diego (CA)
March 2018 Featured Artist “Eye Spy” Inverarity Gallery, Scotland
2018 “78 Tarot Mythical” Card Publication for the Tarot Deck
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? I think that if you have a passion for something, you want to cultivate it ‘till the end.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? I had the pleasure to meet and spend some great time in California during the past Designer Con with Marie Larkin from Australia and with Laura Castellanos aka Opal Unicorn. We became friends and I would love to hear their story here at the heroines journey!
How can you contact me?
Etsy Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/SimonaCandini
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/simona.candini
facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/simonacandiniart
Instagram and twitter: @simonacandini
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Redbubble shop: https://www.redbubble.com/people/candinidesign