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 14-Artist Interview-Yireh Elaine Kawak

For this week, an artist named Yireh Elaine Kawak displayed her artwork in the Gatov-West Gallery. She is currently finishing up her Bachelors of Drawing and Painting. 

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. The painting above is called “Home”. She mention that it is very symbolic to her family. It took her about one month and half to complete. After she graduates from CSULB, she wants to take a break and just travel as well as build up her portfolio.


Wk 5 -Artist Interview – Dianna Franco

For this week an artist named Dianna Franco displayed her artwork in the Gatov-West gallery. Once I entered the gallery, I immediately became attracted due to the colors used in her artwork. Her major is a Bachelors in Fine Arts concentrated in painting. Here is some of her artwork…

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She started painting around 20 years old. As a young child or teen, she did not know she wanted to paint until she grew older. Her whole series of paintings took about 7 months to complete. When asked what she wants people to see in her paintings or artwork, she mentioned happiness. She wants people to feel happy. The colors she used on her paintings are lively and did make me feel happy. The different colors used in each painting really make the artwork pop out more and grab people’s attention. In my perspective, in some of her paintings I was able to make my own little story. For example, on the 2nd row and 2nd photo, to me the red looks like a heart. While on other paintings there are different shapes and objects. It is interesting how one can make up their own little story just by one painting.

Wk 4- Artist Interview – Andrea Albarran

For this week, an artist named Andrea Albarran displayed her art work in the Gatov-West gallery. I immediately became attracted to her artwork due to the colorfulness. I was surprised in how a short amount of time she was able to gain so much experience with oil painting. She said she has only been painting for five years. Here is some of her amazing artwork…

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She said that her loved ones inspire her while doing her paintings. Her favorite type of painting is oil painting. When asked what she wants people to see in her paintings, she said she wants people to see emotions and to see more than what she painted by using their imagination. She wants people to see other things besides her painting itself. To Andrea it is interesting seeing how people see other objects or things through her paintings. People make up their own little story about it and that is what makes it so interesting to Andrea. In my perspective, I believe her paintings do show much more than just the actual painting. The different objects, shapes, and colors used makes imagination work its way and see much more. I think one of my top favorite paintings of her is the one with the little girl. I asked Andrea who she was and she said she is her little niece. i just think its so nice how the painting came out. To me it shows innocence of a child and how the world of children is filled with different adventures by the use of colors and shapes Andrea painted.

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.