Oct 26, 2022
A small featured article on VoyageMichigan.com highlighting risks and my artistic fields.
Today we’d like to introduce you to Selena Potila.
Hi Selena, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today.
I grew up in Skandia, Michigan surrounded by trees and wildlife. My childhood directly influences the type of art I create. I love animals and my environment. My colorful distinctive style eminates joy for a wide audience from young to old alike. I want my audience to see my art the same fun and playful way I do creating it.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I am currently living in an RV and creating multiple painting pieces has been quite the challenge. I adapted to an extremely small space, about 22 feet, along with my husband and my dog.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
What do I do: I am a graphic designer and painter.
In my painting, I create art to evoke curiosity and wonderment about the environment and the creatures living in it. The art I construct appeals to all age groups using familiar images.
What do you specialize in:
I am currently concentrating on my watercolor and acrylic painting, although I also work as a graphic designer. I am known for both.
What are you most proud of:
I have won several Michigan press awards and two International Design Awards for my work at The Mining Journal Newspaper in Marquette, MI.
What sets you apart from others:
I have an extreme drive to create something that encompasses all of my skills. My primary goal is to experience as much as possible within my field of work to help others. I want to go back to school in the future to teach at a collegiate level.
Risk-taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
I took a risk with my husband after the start of the covid epidemic. We decided to buy an RV and travel with his work as a Wind Technician. During our travels, I created multiple painting projects which I have documented in my art magazine titled “2020-2022” on my website.
I feel if we didn’t take that risk, I might not have pursued my artwork the way I have over the past year. I applied and was accepted into the juried Harvest Moon Festival of the Arts in Granbury, TX, and am currently seeking artist residencies.
Learning how to create your own space in an artist festival such as Harvest Moon, has been quite the learning experience. You’re essentially creating your own small storefront.
See the original article here: https://voyagemichigan.com/interview/check-out-selena-potilas-story