A Mexican artist from Tijuana, Ilse Almazan grew up in South San Diego. She tells us she had always been drawn (pun intended?) to painting and art-making, and she even majored in Studio Art at SanDiego State University (or, SDSU). While painting has always been a passion of hers, a few years ago, Ilse began exploring making clay jewelry and objects out of resin, which has taken off.
What projects are you currently working on? I’m working on small paintings and ink drawings as well as resin dishes and some earrings, mostly commission based as I don’t have access to supplies at the moment.
How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected or shifted your practice? The amount of product has decreased because of my lack of materials. But people have been very supportive and continue to place orders which I really appreciate and am thankful for.
What has your journey been like as an Artist? It’s been a slow but positive experience that’s taken many years and a lot of work. I started putting my work out there about 8 years ago in group shows and have slowly gotten followers and people that ask for my work. With support from friends and local businesses, I’ve been able to grow my reach.
Do you have any tips for up-and-coming or rising artists? Keep making and creating as much as possible, but ultimately make things for yourself because it makes you happy to create not just to make money. Reach out to local galleries that put on group shows- once we can all be out again- have friends and family share your work if possible.