21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2018: Ciara Barsotti

Virginia

Ciara Barsotti, Storm Chasers, acrylic, 12 x 16.

Ciara Barsotti, Storm Chasers, acrylic, 12 x 16.

Art Education: I’m a lifelong drawer and have taken a few drawing and painting classes at local art centers and community colleges. It is a great way to get to know new mediums and find supportive communities.

Style: Roger Dean meets Maynard Dixon, with a healthy dose of comic-book illustration thrown in.

Creative Spark: I’m inspired by music. Recently on my playlist: Sleigh Bells, the Blade Runner 2049 soundtrack, Serengeti and Sicker Man, David Bowie, and anything by David Eugene Edwards.

Other Passions: I love to hike. If I could get paid to walk around in the woods all day, that’s what I’d be doing.

Best Advice Received: I’ve heard this from every creative person I admire: Fear will always be with you. You have to learn to live with it or else it will dictate your life.

Biggest Fear: I have an irrational fear of bears and of looking like an idiot. Both threaten to keep me from doing what I love: being outside and making art. Fortunately, I’ve been able to get
over them.

Future Goals: My next step is to find gallery representation for my ongoing series, Space Cowgirls. Beyond that, I want to be an artist-in-residence at one of our national parks. I have dreams of opening a co-op studio space with other local artists as well.

Price Range: $250 to $3,500.

Representation: www.ciarabarsotti.com.

This story was featured in the September 2018 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art September 2018 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

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