Wk 15-Artist Interview-Elia Murray

For this week, an artist named Elia Murray displayed her artwork in the Gatov-East and West Gallery. The title of the artshow was called “Drawn Out” and it was displaying the many artworks for those graduating with a BFA of illustration and Animation.

One of her portraits that was most interesting to me was the trout. Murray mention that she would get inspiration of the colors by looking at sunsets and trouts from pinterest. She hopes to one day have her own business. Every now and then she has people send her in pictures of her cats or dogs and she paints them. Something that is really cool is that Murray is in the process of making a book for kids. It is a poem based upon creation myth. Her book is about a brown or black bear that gets frozen and turns into a polar bear. It was really nice seeing Murray’s artwork and I hope to read her book in the future.




Wk 10-Artist Interview-Dawn Ertl



For this week, an artist name Dawn Ertl displayed her artwork at the Gatov-East Gallery. Her show was called Radius of Action. Dawn is currently finishing up her Masters in Fine Arts and is using this show as her thesis.

Once I entered the gallery, I felt really curious and interested in the artwork displayed. Dawn had weaving hanging down from the ceiling in which it contain many plastic bags, pieces of plastic bottles, and straws. The reason why these items were in her artwork was because she is trying to put out the many environmental issues that are currently happening in our world. I also noticed that her artwork contain speakers. I thought this was really cool because this really caught my attention and i am sure to many others as well. She said that her friend showed her how to take apart a speaker in order to put it up with her artwork. So throughout her exibition, she had music playing which was really nice. I also noticed the different colors she used in her artwork. This really caught my attention as well.

In addition, the weaving process took about six months to complete so a total of one year for both of her artworks. Dawn also mention that she has been weaving for about four years. Overall it was really nice meeting Dawn and seeing her different pieces of artwork that were inspired by worldwide environmental issues. I hope to one day see more of her artwork.

Wk 9-Artist Interview-Michael Rollins

For this week, an artist name Michael Rollins displayed her artwork at the Gatov-East Gallery. He is currently finishing up to get a Masters in Fine Arts in drawing and painting. The name of his show is called “New Digs”. Michael is from Arizona and mention that he did not see much people working with art there than here in California. He believes going to Grad school was the right decision to not get a job and spend time painting. In my opinion, I believe if one has in mind of continuing college like pursing a masters one should focus in what we want to work with. The reason I say this is because having a job and keeping up with school can be distracting. Michael also mention that one painting inspired the next. Most of his paintings took one year of planning and executing. In my pespective, I think it was really cool being able to see the different paintings filled with so much color, lines, and shapes. I like seeing the different bright colors in painting because to me it shows lots of happiness. Here is some of his amazing artwork…     

Wk 7- Artist Interview – Frances Salazar

For this week an artist named Frances Salazar displayed her artwork in the Gatov-East gallery. Her major is a bachelors of Fine Arts in Metals. The name of her show inspired by her artwork is called “Spark”. The majority of her work took her about 2 1/2 to 3 years to complete. 

Here is some of her amazing work… 

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Silver needle

Morning Song

I was really impressed with Frances’s work and how she is able to put so much dedication and detail into it. I must say that one of my favorite works from her was the tea ball which above is named “Silver Needle”. Every detail about it is really interesting and it just shows that she put a lot of work into it by the designs. Another work from her that I really liked are the two birds named “Morning Song”. The different shapes and stlyes of lines she uses throughout the birds is really interesting. When asked what she looks forward into the future, she responded she wants to start her own buisness in jewlery design. This is a really big goal for Frances and I am sure she will accomplish it. After talking to her about her work, I can now understand why it took 2 1/2-3 years for her to finish her work. It takes lots of patience and dedication to be able to build something so unique. I wish Frances the best and I must say I really enjoyed watching every detail about her work.

Wk 3 – Artist Interview – Yireh Elaine Kawak

For this week, an artist named Yireh Elaine Kawak displayed her art work in the Gatov-East gallery. It not only included her paintings but as well as her friends. They both have very different styles and entitled their art work “Harmony & Discordance: Conflicting Landscapes”. Her art work included green pastures while her friend had a more urban style where not much color was shown. I found both styles very interesting because each had their own meaning to what the artist wants people to get from their art. She said that from around 5-6 years old she knew that she wanted to paint. She is a soon to be graduate from CSULB this semester.

Here is a couple of photos of her amazing art work…

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Elaine is mostly inspired through what she sees near her home in Fullerton. She said she lives on a hill and from there she is able to view all the green pastures, trees, and all of what comes to nature. She usually goes to her back yard and from there she becomes inspired from what she sees. There are times when she just goes in her studio and paints from memory, intuition, and observation. She also explained how in order to let her ideas flow better she likes to take breaks and work on another painting like the middle one shown above called Pasture. Then after awhile she goes back to what she was working on like the first photo shown above. I personally like her style of nature. It just gives all these feelings of happiness and joy that we would all like to see in this world we live in, but there is also the other side of it like in her friends paintings. Both of their paintings can tell so much about the world we live in.

Wk2 – Artist Interview – Maccabee Shelley


First I must say that I was very excited to go see the galleries at CSULB. There were many times that I had pass by there and have had the curiosity of what kind of different art were displayed there. I decided to do my first artist post on Maccabee Shelley. From the first time he went into class and talked about what he does, it really interested me his art work and just had to see it personally. From what I saw, it is really interesting and amazing how he is able to turn glass and bottles into this creative piece of art. He said that each piece inspires the next and he does not really think about it too much. I do not know much about art, but I think that each of his pieces may have some connection with each other that has a bigger meaning and as a result, he wants people to something from it. Honestly, I liked his art work and would defiantly go back and see his amazing colorful sculptures. One thing that I noticed about him is that he seems so passionate about art that he is very happy with the career he chose. This makes me think that one must must reach out for those dreams and goals no matter how challenging the path may seem. It does not matter if we have different majors as long as our career we choose makes us happy and we are eager to go to work everyday. Overall, I wish the best of luck to Maccabee through his career and hope to see more of his amazing art work.