We had the good fortune of connecting with Letty Nowak and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Letty, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
For me work life balance is key. Making sure I get enough, ‘life’ in really helps my work. It has changed over time because I have recently become a mother to my 2 children so when I do sit down to work now, I feel more focused as my time is not as free as it once was. I feel I am making decisions more confidently.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Most of the paintings I make are large scale oil on canvas portraits. They are made up of blocks of color which come together to create the image of a face.
I got to where I am today by starting my career in Key West, Fl, where I painted 100 of the locals on the island a published a book. Was it easy? No, It was a lot of work building my career at that time and to the point where I am now. I took a lot of commissions to help myself financially, but since then have opened a few retail stores which takes the pressure off of having to do so many commissions. This gives me the time and space to make the work I essentially choose to make.
The lessons I have learned along the way is, ‘contracts save friendships.’ I have everyone I paint sign a model release and this helps with press as a lot of the time, they will ask for the release. Other lessons I have learned is to invest in a good studio for myself. When I made the choice to do that, I started to be a lot more proficient and could visualize what body of work I wanted to make next. The background of my studio helped with this much more than trying to work from home.
I want the world to see my portraits first as a painting from my marks and colors. Who the person is, that I have painted, I would like to come later –
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My Shoutout goes to art dealer, Hal Bromm. Hal gave me my first solo exhibit in New York at his gallery in Tribeca. He has also been a great friend throughout the years and his support has helped me stay motivated and focused.
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