Today we’d like to introduce you to Gina Torkos.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
My love affair with art started very early, staying with me through all the things life throws at you to distract you from your true calling. I experimented with many different mediums over the years but really loved working in oils most. A successful solo show of my oil paintings from Cambodia was the spark I needed to launch a serious art career. About 4 years ago, I expanded my focus to include collage. I ventured into collage as an exercise to try to get the loose, creative swipes of color that I could not seem to get with oil painting. This worked so well that eventually my collages were in demand.
Now I spend my days in my studio creating collages with a passion and determination that drives me to explore how I can push this wonderful medium to express my ideas in unique ways.
Please tell us about your art.
My collages are deceptive, they appear to be traditional art from afar, but get closer and you will see that the images and words that make up the whole are there to delight and amuse you. My sole materials are discarded magazines. I am also an avid photographer, so using my own reference photos makes this an especially exciting process. I fill my canvas with specially selected words and images that relate to my subject. The process is both one of precision: with careful attention to perspective and value; and imagination: with my ability to add whimsy to each piece.
I love it when my eyes are pleasantly fooled, as with Trompe L’oeil, and I love to integrate elements into my artwork that make my viewers question what they are looking at. So, what you see at first glance may not be exactly what you thought. I urge my viewers to look closer. I hope people can suspend their belief for a bit, and that the energy and magic that I feel are in my work make a little bit of a difference in this world.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
I think the biggest challenge is to get your work out there to be seen by your potential clients. The path to my success in that area has been threefold: create a niche with your identifiable style, focus on the business aspect of art (goals, marketing, research) for at least an hour every day, and join a supportive artist community.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can see and purchase my work at Aviles Gallery in St. Augustine, FL. I also have a website, a Facebook artist page, and am active on Instagram.
- Address: Marine Street Studio
135 Marine Street St. Augustine, FL 32084
- Website: http://Ginatorkosart.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: http://instagram.com/ginatorkosart
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ginatorkosfineart