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it didn’t interfere with my painting. When I first started I was painting for me. A few people who had seen my work commented on it and enjoyed it. A local restaurant owner wanted me to sell my paintings in her restaurant. She had several local artists hanging and never took any commission. I was actually quite nervous to hang anything. It’s a big step the first time any artist puts their work up for criticism. The biggest struggle is to get that confidence and keep it. Once at a signing I was doing, an older woman came in and cast a very nasty eye on my work. I asked her if she liked what she saw and she, not knowing I was the artist, informed me that “she would only give a painting like that to someone she hated.” I informed her that I was the artist and she nearly died of embarrassment. It was a good feeling to not allow the criticism to affect me in a negative way.”

As for some, Angelina’s success didn’t come in a striking epiphany. She had been selling work slowly over time. She says she realized then that she would have some measure of success. But it was during a showing at a local gallery, when a collector from Australia purchased four of her early works, that she began to realize her gift.

“My first real show was at Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles. I had been invited to a large group presentation curated by one of the owners, Andrew Hosner,” says Angelina. “It was a ‘salon style’ hanging, with pieces by various artists. My husband and I found out only after we’d made the trip, that the hotel we booked was a complete dive. After relocating to another hotel we finally arrived at the gallery to discover all my work had sold.” Among the paintings that were sold: a large work titled “Clarice”, a painting called Water Lily, and another called Picture Day - the only painting Angelina has done of a boy.

Considering pieces like Wrona’s Never Look Back, Madame Nature, and Psst, her imagery irrefutably does more than just hang on a wall. Something about traditional painting of the 18th and 19th centuries – and even before – that generally held true was that it was seen not only as decorative but was a means to record history for posterity. Many modern art forms, pop-surrealism included, seems more a form of organic document that speaks to cultural perspectives; is representative of how we see and interpret the world and our collective psychological condition.

“I’m a big believer that art will grab people regardless of cultural perspectives,” says Angelina. “Psst” was an idea relating to the amount of damage and hurt that could be caused by gossip and jealousy; I thought it would be interesting to take ‘mother nature’ and make her into Madame Nature; Bunny Couture was originally going to have a Victorian hat but the rabbit was a fun substitution; I have definitely been having fun with rabbits lately.”

As with the fleeting nature of the subconscious, when she is struck with an idea, Angelina says she will put what she’s doing on hold and start to sketch it out. “‘Peculiar’ seems to fit much of what I do, considering the time portals, dominatrix’ in flowers, and girls wearing rabbits. I guess it depends on your point of view. There should always be something off-center to grab someone’s attention and make them think.”

Angelina says there continues to be a strong demand for her original work, with requests for custom orders coming in on a weekly basis. “There is a very strong demand. I currently have only one original for sale, ‘Resurrection’. There are some ideas I would consider doing, but when you are working with someone else’s notion you lose creative control of your work; if you don’t feel the connection with your work, it will suffer.”

On Angelina’s behalf, Gonzo

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