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1. Welcome Lorea to The Influx Gallery family. Tell us a lile bit about yourself and where you are from?

I am a self-taught arst that was born and raised in California, U.S. I am married and have two grown children.

2. Were your family supportive of you deciding to become an artist?

To be quite honest, I don’t think they thought much of my art. They thought it was a phase I was going through. That was the feeling I felt while beginning this journey. My sister and my son were the only ones that were truly supporve and encouraging. They understood my art and where it was coming from.

3. Was there anything specific that you can remember that made you want to become an arst? I was around 10 years old when I wanted to enter a drawing compeon. I created a drawing, but never submied it. I had issues with having extreme lack of confidence and low self esteem as a child. I always dreamed about becoming an arst though.

4. Did your schooling or work affect your creave development in any way?

Most of my work is inspired by unhappiness at work, and being abused and bullied as a child. So, in answer to your quesons, yes, work and school played a big part in my creave development.

Loretta	Pena
Loretta	Pena

5. When did you first discover the ability to paint?

When I was a small child, I fell in love with art. I knew that I had some kind of talent but was never confident enough, though my artwork was always the art my teachers would use, as inspiraon for the other students.

6. How do your wonderful works act as a form of therapy? And what outcome does this form of art therapy have upon your oeuvre of works?

I feel art is my therapist. When I am feeling happy or sad, I pick up a brush and paint my feelings on canvas. I pour every emoon into what I am creang. I was never that person who would turn to a girlfriend or a sister when feeling down. I now have my painngs as my confidant. My painngs know me beer than I know myself.

7. Could you give us a lile teaser as to the process that helps you create such fabulous artworks?

First thing I do every morning is sit in silence for a few minutes and pay aenon to what I am feeling and experiencing. I take notes of the ideas that presented themselves and start painng.

8. Where do you get your inspiraon and influences from?

I have many arsts that I love and are inspired by on a daily basis on Instagram and I am not just saying that for likes! I’m truly amazed at so much talent. My early influences were Keith Haring and Andy Warhol. I loved the bold colours and subjects of their art.

Loretta	Pena
Loretta	Pena

9. Do you have any ps for any inspiring painter picking up the brush for the first me?

I would say, don’t listen to the voice in your head that says “what if.” Listen to the voice that says “don’t listen” and paint for you and no one else. Remember that art is subjecve. Not everyone is going to love your art.

10. Could you tell us a lile bit about how you started your art journey?

I was a stressed out, overworked mess a couple of years ago. My son suggested I start painng to relieve stress. It took
a good couple of months before I finally listened to him. I’ve been painng ever since and now paint full-me.

11. We love your visually arresng abstract painng. How long does it take you to finish a piece?

It can take anywhere from 6 hours to months of not feeling it’s ready or feeling it’s missing something.

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