In our 5th post in our "Oregon Artists Sharing Tips & Technique" series, we catch up with artist and business woman, Katrina Zarate. She is a woman of color who lives in North Portland, actively showing and selling her art at the Alberta Street Gallery, Saturday Market. Plus, she is a tattoo artist. She advises to get your hustle on to make it as an artist which she is definitely doing here in Portland, Oregon. Her specialities are doing portrait commissions of people and animals and capturing the uniqueness of Portland. Since quarantine, she's set up her living room as a disco roller rink.
Tell us briefly about your art:
As a painter my focus is on representing people. I try to do this in a way to focus on representing a diverse array of individuals. As a tattoo artist the art may change but my focus on caring for and respecting people as bodies is the same.
What is your main medium of art?
Oil painter and tattoo artist . But I also do acrylic and some digital work.
What is your website?
Please share your techniques & tips with us:
"I have experience instructing basic painting techniques but I would also be interested in sharing about the business of being an artist in Portland. In addition I would like to talk some about tattooing."
Below can see one of her time lapse videos of her painting a heart for mom. You can see the full video at this link.
Make sure you check out more of Katrina's artwork on her website and follow him on Instagram or Facebook where you can see her roller skating in her living room, her painting techniques in time lapse videos and her tattoo art on her clients. Thank you for sharing your unique and intimate artwork with us. We love how skilled it is, plus how it really represents the variety and flavor of Portland.
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