We had the good fortune of connecting with Carolin (Hosac) Peters and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carolin, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
It’s so easy to get derailed as a creative person. With Cura Studios my focus is on connecting artists to their creative voice through classical drawing.
There are all the “thou shalt’s” we pick up from peers and mentors for example. Those can sound like this: “Real artists never do…!” “Artists only do…”, etc.
Then there are the demands of making a living that may push aside the urgency of creating.
Or, we let perfectionistic tendencies get the better of us.
In my online classes (free or paid) I focus not only on technical know how, which helps artists feel more confident about their skill set, but also on the logistical and mindset challenges that prevent us from doing what we love.
I do this because I believe that being connected to your creativity is one of the best things we can do, to lead a happy and meaningful life. It allows us to truly get to know ourselves, which leads to feeling like our life actually belongs to us, instead of to all the outer demands placed on us.
I’m here to help forge and strengthen this connection for my students, and my hope is that it will lead to more fulfilled artists creating more meaningful art for themselves and the rest of the world.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Finding my own unique groove as an artist has been quite the journey. I’d describe myself as the kind of person who likes to know and follow all the rules, but then quickly realizes that some rules just don’t fit. Wriggling out of the ill-fitting confines is a pretty uncomfortable process.
For example, I have a true love and admiration for traditional drawing and painting, which is why I studied at one of the only accredited figurative art programs in the United States for six years. But just because I have this traditional background doesn’t mean I fit the traditional mold of producing art for a gallery type scenario, or that I subscribe to the classical atelier philosophy.
I constantly aim to create art that’s 100% true to who I am, however weird and non-classical it may be, and yet rooted in my understanding of my craft. The things that I find out in this process are what I share in my online classes, so other artists can strengthen their skills AND learn to listen to what is unique to their own creative voice.
Uncovering what is unique to you as a person and creating art that’s steeped in THAT is what I focus on at Cura Studios.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Hmm, well, during pandemic times that’s a tough one. If we could move around freely I’d definitely take any visitors to the Getty Center for the art and view, and the Tar Pits to sketch some skeletons. For food I’d have taken them to Grand Central Market.
But currently it would be more a “let’s hike at O’Neil Park and then enjoy coffee in my backyard” situation.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband Ben Hosac and
Steven Pressfield’s Turning Pro
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Images by Leanne Sargeant @sargeantcreative (insta)