We had the good fortune of connecting with Arielle Pytka and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Arielle, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
Giving up has never been an option for me. Art is my passion, I could never see myself dedicating my life to anything else.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I am a painter. It is the medium that challenges me the most. I like to make very big abstract paintings. I am currently working on a series that could be described as cartographic abstraction. I work extensively in photography as well. Growing up, I started taking pictures of my travels and it was just second nature for me to document things. I have been developing a photo series for almost a decade now. The subject is the Chevrolet El Camino. I am also a filmmaker. Mostly music videos and commercials. During my time as a roadie many years ago, I formed friendships with musicians and they began approaching me to make videos for them after I had worked as a camera assistant for a motion picture director. I like to utilize all the tools I’ve learned over the years to make whatever I can. I don’t consider myself one kind of artist or another, it all falls under the same umbrella of creativity for me.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If I had a friend visiting town I would take them to hang out on Venice Beach, surf in Point Dume, hike in Malibu, sail in Marina Del Rey, mountain biking in the Santa Monica mountains, brunch at Gjelina, dinner at Providence, Melisse and Spago, drinks at Monty in DTLA, museum visits to Moca, The Broad, and Lacma, skeet shooting in Sylmar, horse back riding in Ojai, lunch or late night drinks at the Chateau Marmont, gallery hopping in the Arts District, shopping at JUST ONE EYE and Animal House, visit to the Rose Bowl Flea Market, the list goes on and on… I love this city. Los Angeles is my home and I am proud. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My father has always been my biggest supporter. Even as a young child, no idea was ever out of the question. Every inspiration is worth discussing no matter how outrageous or unfeasible it may seem.