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From an early age, Gina Palmerin always felt a deep need to create. Influenced at a young age by her mother, a renowned doll artist, and being raised in a home full of collectibles, dolls and antiques, creativity abounded and it never stopped. She is drawn to faces so unsurprisingly, faces became her trademark.
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Gina is currently focused on capturing pop icons in a child portrait series called Picture Day: The Icons. Reminiscent of an elementary school yearbook photo, this series features iconic artists, legendary actors and musicians painted into vibrant modern child portraits, with attitude.
Q&A with the Artist
Tell us about who you are and what you do. What is your background?
My name is Gina Palmerin. I am a self-taught artist raised in Fallbrook, California and currently reside in Los Angeles. From a very early age, I’ve always felt a deep need to create. Influenced at a young age by my mother, a renowned doll artist and brought up in a home full of collectibles, dolls and antiques, creativity abounded…it never stopped. My works are predominately bold and colorful, meticulously detailed oil paintings.
What are the major themes you pursue in your work?
As a child I would always stare at people. My mother would constantly try to correct me and tell me to stop. Not surprisingly, painting faces is becoming my trademark.
How did you first get interested in your medium and what draws you to it specifically?
I started painting in oils at 16 years old when I took a private oil painting lesson. I was immediately captured by my teacher’s studio and her beautiful paintings; I loved the entire process of oil painting, from the smells of the studio to the buttery consistency of the paint. The vibrant luminosity of the paintings completely captivated me and I was hooked. To this day, I continue to experiment and I’m always striving to master my skill.
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How has your style and practice changed over the years?
Throughout the years I have been inspired by and experimented with several different influences and styles; early 20th century Mexican Murals, Mexicanidad, Art Nouveau, Classicism, Surrealism and most recently Urban Art and Pop Art. My work has evolved and become more refined and detailed over the years. I believe that my style has developed through persistence and staying true to myself.
Can you walk us through your process? How long do you spend on one work? How do you know when it’s finished?
With my current project, I research the icon and collect reference photos of both childhood and adult for a comparison study. I start painting directly on the panel with a neutral wash to get the main features and proportions. My main goal is to capture their iconic personality in the childhood representation…that’s where the creativity and imagination kicks-in; from fashion design, to tattooing, to the overall iconic attitude. I usually spend about 4 weeks on a painting; however, I always have several paintings in process at a time. I know a painting is done when it makes me smile.
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What series or project are you working on next?
I’m very excited to be working on my new project which will include a fusion of abstract, urban art, pop art and fashion design.
What is the best advice given to you as an artist?
Words of advice from my biggest fan, my best friend, my husband, “Believe in yourself.”
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