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Meet The Artist, Clara Berta

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Updated: 11 October 2016
Off Main St, in Los Angeles’s art-rich downtown, Clara Berta works diligently in her studio. Noted for textured, oceanic paintings and bright, contemporary mixed-media pieces, her work has garnered much success, with installations at Hollywood Park Casino and in office lobbies and stately residences. Berta took some time to tell The Culture Trip about creativity and inspiration.
Clara Berta with Artwork
Clara Berta with Artwork | Courtesy of Clara Berta

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.

‘Beyond A Vision,’ Clara Berta
‘Beyond A Vision,’ Clara Berta | Courtesy of Clara Berta

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.

‘Below the Reef,’ Clara Berta
‘Below the Reef,’ Clara Berta | Courtesy of Clara Berta

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.

‘Autumn Isle,’ Clara Berta
‘Autumn Isle,’ Clara Berta | Courtesy of Clara Berta

If you weren’t an artist, what would you be doing?

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.

Clara Berta In Milan
Clara Berta In Milan | Courtesy of Clara Berta

Sum up your gallery in 80 characters or fewer.

Beautiful Downtown LA studio filled with bold, textured, large, abstract art.

Warhol or Van Gogh?

Warhol.

Apple or Android’

Apple.

Train or plane?

Plane.

Hawaii or Paris?

Paris.

Fried Rice or Quinoa?

Quinoa.

Coffee or tea?

Tea.

Clara Berta In Studio
Clara Berta In Studio | Courtesy of Clara Berta

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