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