Marina Dunbar’s art is dreamlike and lovely. It’s inevitable that while looking at it, you will be sucked in to the hazy layers and immediately be transported into a trance.
Am I being dramatic? Maybe. But her paintings look like they could easily trancify you, and every time I go back and have another peek I can’t tear my eyes away.
I picture her in her studio for hours on end, getting lost in making these exquisite watercolor and resin pieces. Marina was kind enough to answer my interview questions and lend images of her work for me to feature in a post, so please read on:
Were your parents instrumental in you pursuing art-making?
Yes, my mom took me to museums, exposing me to art at an early age. My mom and dad were always very encouraging of everything I was creating.
Name your 5 favorite art-making tools.
What do you hate about being an artist?
I can’t say that I hate anything about being an artist, I love all aspects of it. That’s not to say that it doesn’t come without challenges. I would say the biggest obstacle is that there is no rule book for how to be an artist. There is no exam you can take or program to go through that will more or less guarantee your prosperity. There is an infinite number of ways to become a successful artist and there is an infinite number of definitions for what a successful artist actually is. But with that said, I enjoy the creative challenge.
Do you follow daily routines or schedules?
My routine is to allot 5-7 hours to my art practice everyday. I start off by mixing colors, layering them, and studying how they interact. In both my resins and watercolors I use transparent glazes of color. The colors overlap in certain areas, creating new hues and depth. Once I settle on a color palette, I start working on 4 or 5 paintings simultaneously. In the process, I become attracted to some more than others. I continue with ones that interest me, ending up with 1 or 2 good paintings and recycling the others, it’s a process of elimination.
What are you influenced by? People, places, or things. Just a list – you don’t need to go into detail unless you want to.
I am very inspired by light and the interaction of color. I also look to poetry for inspiration. Recently, I’ve been visually influenced by the translucency and depth of floral x-ray photography. Also, I have been traveling a lot lately, visiting New York, New Orleans and Charleston. All are thriving art centers which have really excited me. Some of my favorite, newly discovered artists are Wang Huangsheng, Ignat Ignatov, Bre Barnett, Udo Nöger. I’m very inspired by artists who push the boundaries of their medium.
What motivates you to keep working?
I genuinely love painting and I could not see myself doing anything else!
Unrelated to art, but very important: Do you have any pets? What is your favorite beverage? What is your favorite article of clothing?
Yes, I have 3 cats! Coffee is my favorite drink. And my favorite article of clothing is my paint covered crocs.
Finish the sentence: Art Makes People curious, open minded, excited, vulnerable, confused, happy.
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