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1. What’s your story? Where are you from?

Hi. My name is Marisol Ortega. I’m originally from Southern California but I grew up in the Pacific Northwest (Oregon & Washington). I spent most of my days drawing in my books/notebooks and scrap booking. I studied abroad twice, once in high school and again in college. I speak 3 languages and have lived in 3 other countries than my own. I’m really intrigued with learning new cultures, customs and the colors of said cultures. For as long as I can remember I have always been drawing and tinkering with paper. I’ve always known I wanted to do something with art, I just wasn’t quite sure what. I joke with my friends and say that I’m a jack of all trades but master at none—there is a little truth in that. I love discovering new techniques and styles of illustration/design. It’s what keeps me productive and creatively fuelled all at once.

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2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

I would probably describe it as colorful, handcrafted and nature inspired. For years I’ve been trying to combine all of my favorite mediums together, it’s definitely a range between analog and digital without it looking too digital. I’m really big into textures and just the right amount of softness. For the most part, I always start in analog and honestly it’s what keeps me sane. I really enjoy working with my hands.

3. What is your favourite medium and why?

Oooh, this is a hard one. I really love to explore different mediums. I would say my top 2 are linocuts and gouache. I like them both for difference reasons but combined is my favorite so far. Lately I’ve been interested in linocutting some of my lettering. Although tedious at times, when I’m finished, I feel a sense of accomplishment I know I wouldn’t get from just doing it on the computer. Plus, linocuts offer up a lot of happy accidents and I’ve learned to embrace them, always a lesson to be learned!

4. What is your artistic process like?

I don’t really have a process per se. I suppose the only consistent thing I do is sketch for an overall composition right before I start painting. I love options so I tend to break down the composition as a stand alone object and compose the work on the computer. I don’t always do this but if it’s more complex and I know I’m going to be receiving client feedback, I make sure nothing is permanent. I know at times it’s a lot of work but I really tend to sweat the details and more often than not, it’s beneficial for my work.

5. Who and/or what inspires your work?

Cultures, Artists, Nature! I love traveling when I am able to discover new cultures, customs and food! I love attending workshops in areas that I don’t know much about or maybe a technique that I haven’t tried yet. Recently I’ve been inspired by lettering artists who craft their letterforms in other mediums than say a pencil or brush pen. It’s very cool to see it applied in an unexpected way. I’m a sucker for nature anything. I can never get enough of flowers or leaves. My reference book collection is getting a little out of control, actually…

6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?

A huge part. Drawing or being creative was been my outlet since I was a little kid. I have photos from family functions and you can always spot me drawing at the table or making something with paper in the corner. I try to create a piece of art every day, even if it’s just a quick doodle. It’s important to stay creative and try new mediums. I do a lot of it with my daughter now and it’s really great to see her create side shine bright. We craft, draw, paint, make up games everyday.

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7. Where did you study?

I studied at The Art Institute of Seattle with a study abroad semester at NYU Florence.

8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

I would love to be working for myself in the next 5 years. I’m forever grateful to have worked for some amazing companies that have allowed me to work on a variety of projects during my time at each one. I’m most productive when I can work on client and personal work. I feel like the two go hand in hand, I mean, a good chunk of my freelance work is because of things I put out there.

9. What about in ten?

Oh man, that’s a hard one! Hopefully still working for myself with the same productivity and ambition levels. I would also love to be traveling with my art.

10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?

I hope that my artwork will make a positive impact or at the very least make people smile with color or flowers. Who doesn’t like flowers?!

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11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?

It’s a tie between a breakfast burrito and Laksa. I could probably eat breakfast burritos forever and never get sick of them.

12. Favourite book?

I love Neil Gaiman anything. One of my favorite books by him is The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

13. Favourite genre of music?

Alt/Folk. Broken Social Scene is actually my go to anything, they are amazing and always put in me in a good/productive mood to make art.

14. What are your hobbies?

I knit, embroider, Papier-mâché, cook, collect reference books of flowers, and I’m an expert napper.

15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?

A Botanist, hands down. Maybe that should be my “in the next 10 years” answer, haha.

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