Discover the detailed landscapes of Lasqueti Island artist Sekoya Dawn…
AIP: How would you describe your style of work and what is your preferred medium to work in?
SD: My style of work is a blend of landscape realism and surrealism.
My favorite medium is acrylics which allow me to use an airbrush for backgrounds, skies, clouds and mist. I also love oils for its fluid quality on paintings of water.
I am inspired by the sense of awe I feel as I visually soak in the subtle patterns and rhythms of nature. To share a sense of reverence and gratitude for our planet.
AIP: What were you first steps toward selling your art and what type of setting was this in, a gallery, art & crafts show, market, on-line or elsewhere?
SD: I began selling my art at fairs and markets. It was helpful with sales of prints and even led to sales of several originals. Great long term clients ( now friends ) were made.
Hidden Gem by Sekoya Dawn
AIP: Why do you choose Art Ink to print your reproductions, and what products to you order from us?
SD: ArtInk came strongly recommended by my high quality photographer Rob Destrube (now retired). The extreme quality and attention to details by Scott and his team is a blessing to find for any artist.
ArtInk has for 10 yrs done all my photography as well as printing. Press prints for the affordable option as well as full size giclees on canvas.
AIP: If you could look back in time and meet yourself when you first started making an income as an artist; what would be the most valuable piece of advice you would give yourself?
SD: I would tell myself to keep painting what you love not what sells. People do feel it in the finished works. And sometimes the best work happens the more I get out of the way.
AIP: What are your favorite methods for marketing yourself as a self representing artist?
SD: Still figuring that out. Divine providence has worked so far.
AIP: Can you tell us an event or occasion which excited you the most, with regards to getting your art ‘out there’ for people to see?
SD: I met a generous couple at Saltspring market who bought 12 paintings as I completed them and lined me up with pro photographer Rob Destrube. Their appreciation gave me a confidence in what I could do and how the world may receive it. Very Exciting.
AIP: Where can our followers and your patrons find your work, and keep up to date with your new creations?
SD: I believe in the power of energy and intention, and am very particular about who is involved in the process of reproducing my art. I don’t need funky vibes on my work. Scott and his team are the highest quality individuals as well as best printers
Favorite painting would be “My favorite painting is always the latest”, then a picture of ‘Hidden Gem’ – the big one..
AIP: Thank-you for taking part in our artists’ Q&A Sekoya and sharing your story. We love your highly detailed work and positive energy!