How do you spark creativity for your students at the studio?
I encourage my students to paint with their hands and fingers and not have so many rules, allowing them to release their feelings onto the canvas. We play music and have lots of fun creating art together. Their inspiration comes from being surrounded by my art on the gallery walls as well as watching me demonstrate different techniques that they may use.
What advice would you give to someone who was trying to break into the art business?
Take painting classes, find a mentor, attend art gallery openings, and don’t quit your day job. Work in the evening and weekends on your artistic endeavors. Have someone teach you about social media marketing. Be sure to get follow up feedback and coaching, as well. Make friends with artists that will be supportive of your career, and be careful who you ask for advice about your artwork, because not everyone will be gentle and emotionally caring about you and your work.
How do you see your studio in five years?
Five years from now, I see myself in a larger studio with a full-time assistant, exhibiting in museums, teaching, and doing more philanthropic work.
Before I became a full-time artist, I worked as an actress.
What has been the most memorable moment of your career so far?
The first day I worked in my new, larger studio in downtown Los Angeles, with more space to create and teach up to 15 students.
Sum up your gallery in 80 characters or fewer.
Beautiful Downtown LA studio filled with bold, textured, large, abstract art.
Apple or Android’
Train or plane?
Hawaii or Paris?
Coffee or tea?
View more of Clara Berta’s stunning artwork and find out more about her inspiration, class schedule and news at BertaArt.com.
Interview by Marie Cradle