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The Handmade Market Spotlight: Ken Vrana Art


 Ken from Ken Vrana Art

Ken Vrana Art
new artist
raffle donor

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:

Many people comment on the variety of styles and subject matter that comprises my work but I can’t imagine painting any other way. I never paint for a particular audience, I often creating paintings that seem to defy any established category, but instead, I paint what inspires me and hope that collectors will find my work worthy of their attention. I have never once run out of ideas that excite me. In fact, my only frustration is that there is so much I still want to do. I have also been fortunate that buyers generally find me and among those who own my work are two American Presidents, and many famous actors and athletes; most recently Daniel Day Lewis and Steve Buscemi.

How did you learn your craft?:

I was very fortunate to grow up in an area where some of the most famous artists of the century had their studios. As a result, I had the unique opportunity to study with de Kooning, Larry Rivers, and Andy Warhol. After attending Pratt Institute in New York City I went on to work as a designer for many years and later a writer and producer in Los Angeles.

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:

Tuttleworks, I have been interested in metal works that have a very similar creative design that reflects in what I portray in my own personal work of art.

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:

My mind does not stop creating, doesn’t matter where I am at. I see things and my mind is constantly thinking of new things or new things to create. Most of the time, my most creative is when I am starting to go to sleep.

What advice would you give to an artist just starting out and/or what is the best advice you have received for your art & business?:

Follow your instincts, practice with different techniques and materials, classes might help start with basics, but will not teach you how to be creative. Creativity comes from within.

We all have those people that love you tell us what we “should” make. What’s the worst “best tip” you’ve ever gotten?:

People are always requesting prints of our original paintings when we are selling our paintings. Though we carry a few select prints, they always ask about how they can get a print. Considering the time and expense to get a print, they could have bought the original for almost cheaper.

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