Today we’d like to introduce you to Paulina Casati.
Hi Paulina, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Art tells multidimensional stories; I’m a visionary artist from south-central Appalachia who grew up in the rural foot hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, surrounded by nature. Because of this seclusive yet expansive space experienced in my childhood, I became a creative & imaginative jack-of-all-trades. Self-taught, I began painting in 2011 during my time living in Asheville, North Carolina before moving to Detroit in the fall of 2015.
Life happened, and it was my creative self I began sacrificing in order to get through a major life transition. I was in the midst of my Saturn return when I moved to Detroit for a fresh start. I was actualizing a previously long distance relationship now face-to-face while simultaneously forging new friendships. Which, as an introvert with extrovert tendencies, can be very overwhelming and at times draining. I had left my beautiful mountains, nature and the community I knew and loved all on a leap of faith. At times, this felt as though I had hurled myself off a cliff. No longer dedicating time or energy to my creative flow evoked feelings of failure and an unworthiness of calling myself an artist. Enter the lockdowns of 2020.
After my initial fears had subsided, and the unlimited amount of time and space was realized, my creativity once again blossomed. I spent much of that year landscaping our new backyard and reconnecting with my natural roots. It was the first time since leaving Asheville that I felt consistently close and connected with Gaia. Feeling creatively rested and replenished in January of 2021, I set up my home studio and returned to painting.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I think part of being here in these bodies having a three dimensional experience is learning how to move through the inevitable challenges that make life such a surprise. I’d get pretty bored and lack serious depth if everything in life was predictably rainbows and unicorns! Granted, that’s easier said than done when things are flowing smoothly.
My biggest challenges I’ve faced as an artist have been societal pressures brought on by external & internal expectations, being misunderstood, self-doubt and understanding what it is I need in order to have the energy to create. What has helped me the most in overcoming these has been cultivating an incredible support circle, self-love, self-care, and graciously letting go of that which no longer serves me.
We’d love to learn more about your work. What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of? What sets you apart from others?
Painting is my heart space and Nature, my muse. I’m wildly passionate about Earth, sacred geometry and the fractal like phenomena that can be found in our macro & microcosms. I often delve into my wonderment of this infinite spectrum of synchronicities and interconnectedness of life that can been seen across our planet and cosmos. These are my strongest sources of inspiration to my life and creativity. Imbued into both is the love and gratitude I experience from music, imagination, relationship and witnessing this cosmic display of connective patterning. It is my intention as an artist to reflect this in my paintings so that others may participate in and enjoy a similar experience of their own.
Art can be a very spiritual practice. I heard it likened to prayer once, and as a visionary artist I do a lot of intuitive painting. What that means for me is that I begin with an idea and hold space around it with the canvas. During this connective process I receive downloads which most often speak through visions, emotions or my brush strokes. I work with vibrant color palettes, iridescent paints and organic baubles on a wide range of canvas sizes to create my multidimensional acrylic paintings. From a third dimensional vantage point it’s about creating a deeper, more interactive experience with art through patterns and symbolic meaning to expand consciousness.
What were you like growing up? Personality wise, interest wise, etc.
I grew up as an only child and spent much of my time outdoors, alone with nature. I loved animals and still do. I was quiet yet playful, gentle yet mischievous, creative, explorative, determined and stubborn. I learned early on that if I wanted to bring my ideas to fruition I had to see to them myself and preferred doing so in private before revealing them to people. Growing up on a working equestrian farm I developed a strong work ethic. I was never afraid to get dirty in fact, be it work or play I enjoyed it. My interests and passions spanned from exploring the surrounding forests, anything relating to animals, aquatic habitats, riding and training horses, building, gardening, landscape design, photography, concocting potions, decorating and sewing. I received a lot of wonderful hand-me-downs along the way and learned how to get creative by repurposing materials and working with what was available.
My fascination and love of these never left. Today, in addition to being an artist and creative go-getter, I am a green witch, permaculturist, home remodeler & amateur photographer. I know from my own experiences that ordinary reality can at times consume and disconnect us from who we are and what lights up our hearts. What we give intention to grows, and it seems that when we were children we had much more clarity and courage to actualize the things that brought us joy. We still deserve that today.
- Fine Art Prints $30-150
- Canvas Prints $100-500
- Originals $500-10,000
- Custom Originals $500-10,000
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.paulinacasatiart.space
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/paulinacasatiart/
- Other: https://lnk.bio/paulinacasatiart