Introducing LA-Based Artist Irene Manjarrez
Tell us a little about your background and how you got into painting.
Acrylic painting was not my first love. Traditionally, I am trained in charcoal, chalk and oil pastel - in that order. Acrylic and watercolor painting were picked up years later, however, I like working with all kinds of mediums. Nowadays, I choose my medium based on current mood and season.
What is most important to you when you set out to create a new piece?
Stillness and sunlight.
Where do you look for inspiration?
Travel, architecture and history. I believe ‘inspiration’ is a mystery. When you least expect it, it hits you. You can’t force it. If I find myself in a creative block I go for a walk, watch a classic black and white movie or leave my go-to mediums organized and out in the open so they are reachable when the spark hits.
What do you love about living and working in Los Angeles?
There is so much to do and see in Los Angeles - even as a native there will always be places to visit and new places to dine. I like hiking Griffith Park and on a clear day take in the views of mountains covered with snow on the east and see the ocean to the west.
Describe your ideal Sunday
Sunny and slow pace.
If you could have any other occupation what would it be?
Costume designer. I’ve done wardrobe styling before but to create the look and mood for actors and actresses for television, film or theater would definitely take styling to another level.
What is your favorite artist in any field, living or dead?
René Magritte, Tamara de Lempika, Salvador Dali
What is next?
Another texture painting to replicate the unsettling beauty of decaying walls.