“Art has a way of allowing the viewer to see things that they may have missed. Art documents every facet of life. It becomes meaningful to the viewer when they stop to recognize it.”
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FANIQUE: To you personally, should art be meaningful? Why?
Ramona: If you are speaking for an artist, then yes, art has to be meaningful. Your work has to strike a chord in you. It has to move you somehow. It is this energy that hopefully passes on to the viewer. Art has a way of allowing the viewer to see things that they may have missed. Art documents every facet of life. It becomes meaningful to the viewer when they stop to recognize it.
FANIQUE: Why does art matter to our society?
Ramona: Art is the fuel for any society. If you look back in time over the past 100 years, you will find that art played a very large part in how society was formed and how it evolved. Imagine a city without any creative force within it. Now that is scary.
FANIQUE: You focused on colour theory and anatomy drawing and painting in your art collections. What is special about the subjects in your work? What makes them interesting and meaningful?
Ramona: While some of my work make reference to a few iconic figures from the past, majority of my subjects are not real people. I do not use live models in my artwork due to my poor eyesight. Painting from a live model is not possible, because I can’t see the detail. So because of that, I re-invent my muse by combining random characteristics. These “re-built” characters are much more interesting for me in the end. As I work on them, they gradually create their own new story.
FANIQUE: How is your creating process like? What is the timeline like for creating a collection generally?
Ramona: My creative process is very random. I normally work on several different paintings at a time. It really depends on my mood. You just never know when an idea will hit. I may not paint for several days, but during that time, I am completing the painting in my head. Piecing it together as to how I want it to look, and then eventually I just pick up my brush and do it.
FANIQUE: It’s emphasized in your biography that, “The random collaboration of old and new is important to me because this is how I see the new generation. It is the mixture of traditional and unconventional that attracts us and takes us on a fresh new journey.” How do you exactly see the “new generation”? Tell us more about this statement.
Ramona: It is a new time. Things are changing and rapidly moving forward. It is a progressive society out there these days. That is what I am looking to capture in my work. That is what hopefully makes my work distinct.
FANIQUE: You were born in Quesnel, British Columbia and studied at Emily Carr University of Art & Design. How has moving to and living in a different city, Toronto, changed or influenced your creating process?
Ramona: I moved to New York after my 2nd year at Emily Carr. I lived there on and off for over 10 years then moved back to Vancouver. In order for me to create, I need a city environment. Always busy…always thinking…always creating. I’ve been living in Toronto for 3 years now and I love it here.
FANIQUE: How do you make your art profitable?
Ramona: Making art profitable is realizing what your work is worth to you. It is about understanding what pieces of your work are strong and expanding on that idea. In order to make a profit, you need to keep people interested in your work. This means pushing your envelope…always.
FANIQUE: What are your approaches and recommendations to get more media exposure to the public?
Ramona: I think it is important to make a splash. Impact is everything for me. Any exposure is good exposure. I feel that media likes impact. They want to show something different. You have to push your work. You have to make it visible. Instagram is a huge part in the art scene today. It’s all visual. How can you not take advantage of that.
FANIQUE: Recommend us one to three sites where you get inspirations.
Ramona: I almost on a daily basis go online for inspiration. It’s important to know what is going on.
FANIQUE: How do you define FANIQUE?
Ramona: Fanique is a facilitator of all that is creative.