We had the good fortune of connecting with Brittanie Ortiz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brittanie, how do you think about risk?
I think of risk as taking a chance to succeed in something that you are passionate about. Risk has played a role in my life when I have pursued artistic opportunities that were out of my comfort zone. I perceive risk as an opportunity to learn and grow, and I have this mindset daily when I create new work and experiment with new ideas.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art focuses on creating minimal lines and shapes of female figures expressing sensuality. What sets me apart from other artists is that I have an artistic style that is uniquely my own. I am the most excited about sharing my work with others and having my art displayed at events and galleries. It’s an incredible experience watching art spark conversation and thought amongst a group of people. I got where I am today professionally by being involved in a community with other artists and having a routine that keeps me creative. Social media has played an important role in my career by giving me a platform to share my work and interact with new artists. I also like to focus on exploring new mediums and color combinations while having my signature style be presented in my work. I overcome the challenges of being an artist by having a routine for myself so that I am always working on new things. I usually like to switch up the mediums I use by working with fiber art or changing scale. I have learned that being an artist is more involved than just making art. It’s important to have a community and support system, so that you can grow and learn from others. A daily routine and being organized works best for me to balance studio practice and my personal life. I want the world to know me as an artist who loves to capture women being their true selves. My goal is to have my work start conversations about how magnificent women are.
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.
The first place I would take my best friend would be Pasadena. We would start the day with a coffee at Amara Cafe and then take a walk to the Norton Simon. Our stops for the week would be the Griffith Observatory to check out the city lights, the Huntington Library for their beautiful gardens and art, and of course we would have to take a trip to the beach to see a sunset. I’ve had the best time with people in places like the Norton Simon and the Huntington Library because you can walk around and talk about the art, history, and your surroundings.
Our last stop that is so dear to me is Claremont. I’ve spent a lot of time there through the years, so I like to take different friends to my favorite places. Downtown has a Laemmle theater that I love to go to, and Espiau’s is my go to spot for a margarita.
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?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my family and friends who have always supported my career as an artist. I also want to thank women in general for inspiring me to create. My art celebrates self expression and so I’m grateful to give a shoutout to the women in our lives who are empowering.