Artists in Their Studios: In the Now with Angela Anela Lani Cantrell

Sheboygan, Wisconsin -United States

WHAT IS YOUR WORK ABOUT?

I use mobile photography and Photoshop to create street-style shot impressionist beach scenes and conceptual pieces using self-portraiture. My goal is to promote Oneness: the idea that we are one with Brahman (God) and although humans belong to many different tribes; we are one people.

DO YOU HAVE A STUDIO ROUTINE?

My creative routine for beach scenes is to go to the lake (Michigan) and catch people enjoying nature and for conceptual work I set up my tripod and take self-portraits. Then I download images in Photoshop. I update my website and research topics for my projects. If I have money, I order large prints to varnish. So, my creative routine is to get outside, work on the computer, research topics, and get down in the basement and varnish prints. One more strategy to stay creative is to enter contests! Since I was laid off in March, I’ve had more time to work on my art and apply to various competitions. I haven’t won any yet, but not giving up!

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST REWARD, MEMORY OR ACCOMPLISHMENT OR PROUD MOMENT AS AN ARTIST?

Proudest moment in my short 2 year career was selling $200 worth of “Gothic Souls” greeting cards to the city’s tourist department, Visit Sheboygan. (Gothic Souls are haunted-looking gothic churches in Sheboygan).
 

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU MUST HAVE IN YOUR STUDIO?

I must NOT have dust in my studio so a broom is essential as my basement gets dirty from the overhead vents. Dust and varnished prints are not friends. Also, without a cup of hot tea and milk nothing gets done!
 

WHAT WOULD YOU TELL YOUR FUTURE SELF ABOUT BEING AN ARTIST RIGHT NOW

I tell my present self that if I don’t give up and keep pushing, my future self will say “see, I told you you could do it!!
 

HOW HAS THE ART NEXT LEVEL ACADEMY IMPROVED YOUR ART CAREER?

ART NEXT LEVEL has exposed me to the art world internationally through the Facebook page and to experienced art world insiders like Sergio and other professionals that he interviews. I make good art but need mentors to guide me and help connect me to good people.
 

WHAT IS THE BEST ART CAREER ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED?

The best career advice I ever received was “there is a collector for every artist” but “you need to be seen to be remembered.” -Sergio Gomez. This gives me hope to keep creating and putting my work out there. Eventually, I’ll meet people who are interested in helping me and my collectors will find me. 
 

ARTIST LINKS:

You can follow my journey on Instagram at https://instagram.com/angela_anela
and check out my website at http://angelaanelaphotography.com for some amazing art to hang on your wall. 🙂 Of my 3 ongoing projects, I chose the self-portrait Atman-Brahman pieces and collage to share with you because it is my most recent work.

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