We had the good fortune of connecting with Adrianna Kinal and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adrianna, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
As an artist, the risk is always whether people will love my work enough to purchase. It’s essential to take risks. Even if my idea fails, it pushes me forward as an artist and as a person whenever I take action.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a portrait artist. Having studied fashion and worked in the apparel industry informs me how I create my artwork, from pre-plan to painting a portrait to using the same processes that artisans use to apply to garments. These include screen printing, hand embroidery, and crystal application. My paintings are vibrant, with texture and reflection. These details are what sets me apart from others. There are so many projects I’ve worked on which I’m proud of. Top of mind includes when the London-based BeBold club commissioned me to create 40 portraits. These are the most outstanding women in their industries for a book titled “The Bold Women’s Guide Vol 2”. I’m proud of another project where I was commissioned to create front and back cover artwork for the “Chronicles of a Fashion Buyer” book by Mercedes Gonzalez. My t-shirt collab with New York fashion company Proof of Concept – to see people wear my artwork tees is fantastic! My ongoing jewelry portrait series with New York jewelry company MusexMuse.com is something I’m really proud of as well. What I’m most excited about is incorporating sustainable fabrications into my upcoming artwork. For example, I started working with a leather-like fabric called Pinatex made of cellulose fibers extracted from pineapple leaves! I became a professional artist through a few career pivots. I went from working in the fashion industry to starting my jewelry collection, to a fashion blogger to eventually settling into being an artist. I say settling into because for a long time; I never felt like I found my thing. Although I was learning lessons along the way that benefits me today, nothing felt right. Nothing I did felt like me until I became an artist. I find the best way to overcome challenges is being confident in the decisions I make and always looking to the future. The lessons I’ve learned along the way is that it’s essential to do everything with kindness. Embrace change, continue to learn, make new mistakes, take on challenges, pivot if things don’t go as planned, and always have fun. I want people to know that I love to create portraits, and I’m always open to hearing about potential collaborations. Sustainability is also important to me. I’m excited to include new sustainable fabrics into my artwork AND fashion accessories, so keep your eye on me!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
ART AND GARDENS If my out of town guests are big contemporary art fans like me, I would take them to a little-known by appointment only art gem called the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation. It’s a private house in Beverly Hills filled with iconic art from top to bottom, and this is crazy, but there’s even art on the ceiling! It’s a definite must-visit. Another place filled with fantastic architecture, history, and art is the Hollyhock House. Set on a hillside in Hollywood, this is a Frank Lloyd Wright marvel. There’s also a contemporary art gallery nearby with exciting exhibits. A few other places I love taking guests that appreciate art is the Getty Villa in Malibu. Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena (an excellent museum with a little garden cafe perfect for people watching), and one of my favorite art galleries Jeffrey Deitch Gallery. BEST ANTIQUE’S If my guests love the thrill of the hunt for that unique one-of-a-kind piece like me, then I would take them to my favorite open-air market, the Melrose Trading Post. Open every Sunday where they sell antiques, vintage clothing, art, and furniture. Another great one is the Long Beach Antique Market, open every third Sunday. And for the best indoor antique malls, I go to Pasadena on and around South Fair Oaks Ave. My favorite is Pasadena Antiques + Design. FASHION SHOPS I also enjoy shopping for that particular piece when it comes to fashion. Favorites shops I’d take my fashionista guest would be to Recess on North La Brea Ave. They have a curated collection of vintage clothing and accessories. The Real Real and Maxfields on Melrose Ave are like cool art galleries but for the very best of fashion. FOOD Yamashiro is my favorite restaurant in the Hollywood hills. I love to take my out-of-town family and friends here for dinner. Besides the place’s history, the delicious Asian dishes, nothing beats the gardens and amazing views overlooking the city. My go-to spot for the best vegan food is the Green Table Cafe on Pico Blvd, or when I’m in Pasadena, it’s Real Food Daily. I have a sweet tooth, and there’s nothing more satisfying than a classic cookie, and I get the very best ones from Diddy Riese Cookies in Westwood. PEOPLE WATCHING The best place to hang out and people watch is at The Grove and grabbing a bite to eat at the next door Farmers Market. It’s also one of those iconic LA spots that has something for everyone. HIKES/BEST VIEWS OF LA There’s nothing better than an early morning hike up towards the famous Hollywood Sign for my guests who love to be active. Another favorite place I love taking friends and family is the Griffith Observatory, a classic spot for the city’s best views. DRINKS If my guests want that old Hollywood charm, I take them to the iconic Chateau Marmont on Sunset blvd for drinks.
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?
BIG THANK YOU to my husband, Gary, who gives me his mentorship. He’s always pushing me to think bigger, be better, and is the biggest supporter in all my artistic endeavors. I’d also like to thank all of my clients worldwide for believing in me and showing their support for my work.