Deniz is a wonderful artist from Istanbul (Turkey). The artworks of this 37 years old painter are a real ray of sunshine !! We feel blessed she agreed to be interviewed!
How would you describe yourself?
I can describe myself as a person who values mindfulness, modesty and simplicity. Even though I am friendly and cheerful, I also like loneliness, peace and quiet. I always try to make use of my time well, and I like to read, learn, create and improve myself
How would you describe your art?
I like to draw a lot of different things as plants, animals, houses, places… And as an artist trying to develop an authentic style, I try different styles. But I think all of my paintings have something in common, which they are light, cozy and heartwarming. I want people who look at my drawings to feel positive feelings and maybe smile.
How would you describe your field?
Watercolor is very unpredictable and surprising, that’s why I like it. When you start painting, you never know how it will end up. Also with watercolor, learning never ends. I have been painting now and then since my childhood and I have focused on watercolor for 2 years, but I am still learning a lot of new things with my every new painting.
What do you want to say through your art?
I don’t intend to give any specific message through my paintings but I would like to awaken peaceful and happy feelings in people, maybe inspire towards a better life.
What / Who inspires you?
My inspiration is the little simple things I like in everyday life, and my hobbies.
Does your work comment on your social or political issues?
No it doesn’t.
What obstacles have you faced?
I confess, I always has a feeling that “I don’t have enough time” leftover from my job, commuting and everyday chores. And when I have time, it is so valuable that I can hardly focus and start something to draw under the limited time pressure. Then I feel as I can’t improve my art and unproductive. It is like a vicious cycle. I am aware of it. And I am also aware that the biggest obstacle anyone has is one’s own mind, nothing else.
What is the best advice you could give to someone entering the same industry as you?
This answer is linked with the previous one. Be aware of your critical mind, don’t produce excuses just do what do you want to do, be patient and kind to yourself, be perseverant and commit to your art, and finally, get over yourself and paint, paint, paint in every available time even it is for 5 minutes.
On a more pragmatic level have you been supported during your project?
My family and friends always supported and encouraged me. But my brother Hakan and one of my dearest friends, Gamze, have always been my biggest supporter and follower. My instagram page couldn’t be existed without them. I was so shy and asocial for the social media 🙂 . Thanks to them I can share my work without hesitation, a lot of nice people follow me and following I follow back them.