How do you create your art?
I actually invented my own mixed media art form where I combine digital art, physical mediums for embellishing and jewels all on giclée canvas to create something innovative, fun, and eye-grabbing. Most of my creations are initially drawn digitally with my Wacom Intuos4 tablet. The digital works are then printed on giclée canvas and wrapped over a wood frame. Then the fun part begins: I hand-embellish each piece with clear gesso, string gel, heavy gel, acrylic paints, colored inks, and other mediums with various brushes and tools. I essentially paint my artworks twice by first digitally painting them from scratch on Photoshop and again with physical mediums. Lastly, I encrust my artworks with a variety of jewels including Swarovski crystals, diamonds, rubies, etc. to give them that final sparkle and magic touch. This is the part of the creation that usually makes people smile when they view the final piece.
What was the first piece of artwork you sold?
I sold my first piece to a good friend and it was then that I realized what I created had value.
Which of your paintings is your favorite?
“Zombie Chaplin” is my favorite for many reasons. For one, Chaplin has been someone I’ve looked up to as an artist and creator since I was a child. He was a perfectionist and he took his craft seriously. I decided to take a bit of a morbid approach with this piece, considering that I’m drawn to zombies, monsters, and horror in general. I also love the “Diamond Series” version of “Zombie Chaplin” since the piece is beautifully decorated with Swarovski crystals despite its horrific nature..
In your opinion, how should art be priced?
That is a relative question. Sometimes the simplest art pieces are highly priced for a variety of reasons. I personally think art should be priced based on how it makes an individual feel. If an art piece evokes a certain feeling in a person, it becomes that much more valuable.
Do you make a living as an artist? How?
Yes, I make a living with this new art form I’ve created. It has sparked interest in people since it is different and people generally are drawn to new and creative things.
You’re a huge Michael Jackson fan, like me! How has he influenced you?
Michael Jackson is my biggest source of inspiration to this day. I grew up dissecting him as an artist. He was an innovator as an artist and perfected every aspect of his art – from every dance step, lyrics, vocal arrangements, video creations and even his use of wardrobe and props. His imagination was out of this world. To see him so enthusiastic, passionate, focused, and so attentive to detail in every aspect of his work was always very inspirational to me.
Where can we see and buy your work?
My artwork can be seen at my website at www.myrahissami.com. I’m releasing a limited series of all my paintings – an “Embellished Series” & “Diamond Series” where each art piece is signed and numbered with a certificate of authenticity. They can be purchased directly through me via my email at firstname.lastname@example.org.