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Art Of Emotion – Oksana Floyd Interview

For as long as she can remember, Oksana Floyd was passionate about art and drawing. When she started university, she quickly decided that she would work toward being an artist. In her first days of classes she began to make the conscious effort to focus on her talent and pursue a career in art.

Oksana says it was an intuitive feeling and not a conscious decision to choose the medium she works with.

“I want to portray emotions. I admire people. And so I started drawing a lot of them.”

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After years of receiving commissions for pieces, she says she’s still developing her skills and always learning. She distinctly recollects that it wasn’t until she received her university education that her artistic skills really developed and she began to consider herself as an artist. In her younger days, she knew she loved creating and drawing, and that there was an innate ability to transfer the images from her head to paper.

In terms of inspiration, Oksana looks to the works and life of Vincent van Gogh. She says that she admires not only his work but his life. She exclaims that he is a driving force and motivator because of the challenges he was faced with throughout his life. And despite his difficult journey, he was capable of creating beauty with his work.

“I made the choice to connect through art. Art attracts me, because it gives me freedom of expression.”

Her capacity to be open-minded and understand that every single person is a multifaceted entity, which has many talents that can be developed and discovered, is something she tries to be cognizant of. Studying human emotion and faces, she says she’s learned that the eyes really are the window to a soul.

“I connect with my art by drawing images of invisible feelings. I use a canvas to express my own emotions. Often in my works, there are hidden inner thoughts. Usually my drawings are faces that are intentionally abstract. I try to create art that the viewer has personal associations with. And hope that others connect to it.”

Without boasting, Oksana says the moment when she received her first paid-for job as a young artist is probably her biggest achievement to date.

“Since then, I have frequent clients and people who value and respect my creativity. Every day more and more people follow me on social media, which is affirming.”

Now that her work is gaining traction on social media, the client requests are pouring in. More often than not she receives requests and commissions to create client portraits.

“Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.”
– Paul Klee

For as long as she can remember, Oksana Floyd was passionate about art and drawing. When she started university, she quickly decided that she would work toward being an artist. In her first days of classes she began to make the conscious effort to focus on her talent and pursue a career in art.

Oksana says it was an intuitive feeling and not a conscious decision to choose the medium she works with.

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