Burke Residency 12: Fernanda Martinez / La Tinta Art•
Posted on May 06 2021
EMMA: Hi Fernanda, thank you for taking the time to answer my questions and discuss your art with me!
Would you introduce yourself and share a little of your story with us?
FERNANDA: Hello, I’m Fernanda Martinez, a painter and muralist living in Oakland and running a small brand: La Tinta. I created La Tinta 5 years ago when I moved to California, back then I was fascinated by watercolors and gouache and I wanted to show my illustrations and patterns; eventually painting became my full-time job. Over the past years I have shown my work at small galleries, local shops and craft fairs.
My collaborations include brands such as Anthropologie, Lulu and Georgia, Cost Plus World Market and other local companies.
E: Your paintings incorporate such beautiful colors and organic forms. Could you tell us a little bit about what inspires you and talk about your art’s relationship to nature and the environment?
E: Your instagram conveys such attentiveness to the spaces that your work inhabits whether it be commissioned originals for private places or murals in public space and I’m curious if your process changes at all when you are creating for a particular place?
E: As a follow up to that question, your work appears on so many different surfaces (canvas, walls, textiles, shoes, etc.) and I’d love to hear about how you think about and approach scale in your work.
E: As I think about how both nature and place inform your work, I’m curious to hear if your relationship to both these things has changed at all during the pandemic or if the pandemic in any way changed your approach to your art practice.
E: I saw on your website that you graduated in communications before creating La Tinta; I’d love to hear more about how this focus of study has informed your approach to art making.
When I founded La Tinta I understood the importance of creating a proper communication channel between me and my clients and how to convey my vision in all my projects.
E: Finally, what has been bringing you joy and inspiring you lately?
Thank you, again, Fernanda! I’m looking forward to getting to see your work in person at Burke!
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