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NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: Gobble Gobble.... Is Thanksgiving really only one week away? Well it is definitely time to get in shopping mode. Time to gear up for Turkey thursday, Black (freaky) Friday, Sleep in Saturday, Cyber Monday and I am sure I am missing a few. But if you are like me, a few quick art purchases paired with the perfect wine and ..... WALA ....my shopping is done! Except for my grandson, because let's face it he has Grandma wrapped around his little finger! So I think I'll go to the toy store today....or maybe order something online.
The ARt diSTriCt continues to expand and remains a hub of activity for its over 1800 members to connect with art lovers from around the world. The mission here at the magazine is simple: To share with you "the Art Lover" some one-on-one interviews, showcase artists, keep you informed on events, news, promotions and CELEBRATE the creative arts! This month we spotlight Helena Tiainen from Berkeley, California! Now Let's take a deep breath, exhale, relax, enjoy the art and get some serious shopping done!
What's your story? Please introduce yourself
I was born and raised in Finland and came to California in 1979, to study art at the San Francisco Art Institute. I got my BFA in December 1982. That same year I got married to an American I had met when I first arrived in San Francisco and in 1983 became a permanent resident of the United States. Berkeley, California has been my home since 1991. I am a self-employed artist and designer and I live with my life-partner Greg.
Being creative means to me using my creativity in every way possible. It means living creatively and cultivating creative thinking, activities and behavior. Being creative is both an attitude and a lifestyle.
What’s your main artistic medium? *
I am a painter and I also draw and create digital and mixed media art.
Can you describe the time when you first realized that creating was something you absolutely had to do?
I realized that I had to express myself artistically when I was a young child. I remember getting a large set of crayola crayons and a paper pad and a chalkboard with chalks for Christmas when I was four or five years old. These were the best gifts ever! They made me so very happy. That Christmas is still a magical childhood memory in my mind.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by nature and my own imagination. I am also inspired by many artists and beautiful experiences in life. Loving kindness in all of its forms is also a great inspiration to me.
Do you have a specialty? describe
I combine my handmade art digitally in a way that I have not seen others do. My The Joy of Design Mandala Series Puzzles are my first experiments in this direction. These digitally collaged works are all created with selected sets of scans of the paintings in my The Joy of Design series of small square acrylic paintings that are designed to hang in any direction. This approach of digitally collaging full or partial scans has endless potential.
What are you trying to communicate with your art?
Altering ways of seeing, or changing perspectives, is a constant in my art. I also explore the concepts of oneness and allness and interconnectedness of all life. When we change, we see things differently, not only in art but everywhere. It is of utmost importance to me to break outside of any previously held ideas that no longer serve any good. I encourage myself and others to look and see differently, to find new angles and content, to widen our horizons. I like to think that it is possible for us to create a better and more humane world. I believe that we do not have to keep on creating suffering and that we can change our ways for the better in this world. We can all look and see differently. We can alter our understandings and perceptions. We can open up our hearts.