8 Questions for Elisabeth Anisimow

March 15, 2019
Elisabeth Anisimow (right) poses with a Living Art model.

Twelve-year-old Elisabeth Anisimow’s work has been seen around the world. The California-based artist spoke with TFK’s Kio Herrera about her process and her Living Art series, in which she paints live models in historic settings.

1. How did you first get interested in painting?

I started painting at a very young age. I’ve always enjoyed going to museums and art exhibitions, and anything that was related to art.

2. What is the best part of being an artist? What’s the hardest part?

The best part of being a painter is that I can express myself. There’s no real limit in the world of art, except the edge of your canvas, of course! Being a painter is a lot of work. But so is any other kind of creative process.

3. What art has inspired you?

I’ve been inspired by impressionism and artists Edgar Degas and Pablo Picasso. I like all the colors and the different styles they use.

4. What does a normal day look like for you?

I start by doing schoolwork. Then I measure everything out in my garage before setting up my work space. I go to the thrift store to find props or costumes. I get a rush from the creative process.

5. Your artwork has been auctioned off for charity. Can you tell us about that?

Charity work is very important to me. It makes me feel excited and proud to know that my artwork is helping people. I recently created a sculpture called Wonder Heart. It took me a month to complete. It was auctioned off to raise money for a children’s hospital.

6. How do you create a Living Art painting?

It’s a long process. I usually start with an idea. I try to find items and clothing that would match the time period, such as the Renaissance. Other times, I see something in a store and it changes my original idea completely. Every portrait brings something different and new to the process.

7. How do you choose the models that appear in a Living Art painting?

People usually contact me to be in my paintings. But when I get to choose, I try to imagine how the person might look in the time period that my painting is set in.

8. Do you have any advice for kids who want to become professional artists?

Believe in yourself, and believe in your work. There will always be people who like your work and others who won’t. Follow your heart.

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