Paintings are a powerful art form that can capture both realistic renderings and imaginative concepts. Self-taught painter Viktoria Feydis uses her portraits to capture emotion. Born in Ukraine, Viktoria moved to New York when she was 17 years old. It took her some time to adjust and learn the language since she did not speak English when she first came to the country.
Despite harboring a life-long love of drawing, Viktoria studied accounting in college as a means of securing a stable career. Yet soon after graduating she realized that accounting wasn’t for her. She subsequently quit the profession and began painting and drawing. Now she tries to paint every day, usually using watercolors and acrylics. Viktoria is inspired by women, faces, nature, and everyday things. Recently, she spoke to the Examiner about her experiences working as an artist:
Meagan Meehan (M.M.): How and when did you decide to become an artist?
Viktoria Feydis (V.F.): I always wanted to paint but had never considered becoming an artist. I did not study art and am self-taught. I used to work as an accountant at a Big 4 accounting firm and shortly realized that it wasn’t for me. So I took time off to think about what my passion is and somehow began painting. I have only been painting since March this year, so it is very new for me.
M.M.: Growing up, which artists and styles interested you?
V.F.: I never really had a favorite artist, but I always admired the impressionists especially Claude Monet. My grandfather was a painter and his style was realism. Watching him paint was very inspiring for me. I am not really sure what specific style interests me as I am still finding that out.
M.M.: How would you describe your work and what inspires it?
V.F.: I am mostly inspired by women and faces. I don’t copy faces exactly but try to recreate the feeling I get from them. I also enjoy painting nature or everyday objects. I like to challenge myself and improve my skills in every new piece I create, as I am still learning.
M.M.: How did you go about getting your work shown publicly?
V.F.: I decided to make an Instagram page to share my art at first. As I began painting more I decided to open an Etsy shop. I have been fortunate to be selected to show my paintings at the RAW event. I am hoping to participate in more events or maybe in a gallery.
M.M.: Do you have a favorite piece? If so, which one and why?
V.F.: I do not really have a favorite piece. Actually, when I paint anything I go through a variety of emotions towards it. First I might like it, then I would want to improve a detail or two, then I could hate it, and eventually I end up loving each painting.
M.M.: Are there any mediums and/or styles that you haven’t worked with yet but hope to soon?
V.F.: I mostly work in acrylic or watercolor. I do not have much experience in oil and would love to learn to paint with it. I think oil paintings are beautiful and timeless.
M.M.: To date, what has been the most rewarding experience involving being an artist?
V.F.: The most rewarding experience was when my first client purchased two of my paintings. I had friends and family support me and buy a few pieces, but when a person I did not know chose to buy my art – that was a very happy moment. It was incredibly rewarding.
M.M.: What advice would you give to someone who is aspiring to become an artist?
V.F.: My advice would be to be an artist mostly for you. If you do it to make yourself happy, it will show in your art (whatever it may be). I have not followed my passion for the longest time, because I was scared that I might not be good enough and scared of criticism, but at the end of the day it is important to be true to yourself. If you love what you do, it will show in your work.
M.M.: Are there any upcoming projects and/or events that you would like to mention?
V.F.: I want to mention that I will be taking part in a RAW BOLD art event. It is the very first show I will be a part of and I am incredibly excited to be included. I have never considered that I would get such an opportunity. Raw Artists is such an incredible organization that helps artists to share their work and become heard and seen. The show I will be involved in is on September 24, 2015, at the Wick in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I am super excited about it!
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To learn more about Viktoria Feydis visit her Instagram, Etsy shop and RAW Artists page.