We had the good fortune of connecting with Christine Apostolina Beirne and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Christine Apostolina, 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?
How can I give up? After many years, I’m getting comfortable with my skills, with my “voice”: giving up is not an option. If I gave up, I would’ve wasted the last 25+ years.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
A few years ago I started working with cold wax medium with my oils. Cold Wax allows the artist so many options: you can imprint, scratch, texturize – all types of mark-making that aren’t quite as successful with plain oil. I’ve been using a palette knives for about 5 years and since then, have added squeeges, old plastic room key cards, brayers and anything else I can use to assist me in communicating. I’ve always created art – my first painting was done at age 12. I felt uncomfortable with color for awhile so spent a lot of time drawing.
When I first married and we didn’t have much money, I drew on whatever I could get my hands on – including old posters.
Devoting yourself to art is never easy. You have to balance earning a living, with family and your true business. It is easy is to fill your head with self-doubt.
I’ve often pretended like I’m a horse in NYC and have blinders on the side of my head so I don’t stray from this path.
Eric Maisel, who has written a number of books on the creative life has encouraged artists to think: does that thought serve me? If it doesn’t, get rid of it. It sounds simplistic, but it is very powerful.

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.
I would first take the train to Union Station and take them to Olivera street. We would then take the subway to the Central Library and enter by the Flower Street entrance. I might even look up some of the inscriptions on the steps and building face to show how knowledgeable I am. 😉 We’d then ride the elevator and see all the public art. I’d point out the old cards from the card catalog files and how they corresponded to the floors. While we rode the elevator, we could admire the Therman Statom Chandeliers. I would then take them to the puppet theater area and admire all the wood work and care.
One of my brother’s books used to be in the YA so I’d still if it was still there!
From there, we’d go to the Grand Central Market for lunch. I never know which place I’m going to choose – the beauty is whatever you are in the mood for – they have.
Definitely would take them to Disney Hall and the LA Cathedral to see John Nava’s tapestries. A few of my friends and acquaintances were used as models – so I’d find then as well.
The next day we’d spend at the New Getty – eat lunch at The Restaurant. I do like relaxing a little after walking around.
The next day – we’d go to the old Getty. I love how it’s been remodeled to be more faithful to the original villa. I love the new entrance that you walk through and the restaurant looks like it’s part of an archeological dig. I’d also see if they have the little sculpture by my favorite sculptor – Bernini – I think he did it when he was very young – under 12. I love it because it’s from before he had a workshop and you know all the finish work is his. If we had time, I’d take them to Venice Beach. I haven’t been for 10 years, so I’m not sure what’s down there – but it would be fun to find out! For dinner, even though it’s not fancy – I’d have to bring them to Versailles. The best Cuban chicken I’ve ever tasted.
I know I’d want to then show them some of our natural coastline. We’d take a drive along PCH towards Malibu and walk down to El Matador state beach. If my out of town visitors were artists – we’d paint. If not, we’d walk along, sit for a bit and hike back up.
There are so many places to eat in Malibu – for great seafood that’s fast, I’d go to Malibu Seafood. If it was later, around dinner time, I’d definitely want to go to Sunset Restaurant and relax and watch the sunset with a wonderful meal and drinks. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
So many people… I’m almost afraid if I name people, I’d forget someone! My sculptor instructor, Ellis Jump, he always encouraged me, and would even walk in my painting classes and offer his advice (which was usually good.) My painting friends: Kay Zetlmaier (I’m putting her first because if a list is alpha, she’s always at the end!), Susan Martin Cook, Katherine McGuire and Sylvia Torres for their friendship, critiques, and laughs. My Ojai Studio Artists friends: Pamela Grau and Mary Neville. They know why and I cherish them.
My husband Kevin, for never complaining when I don’t sell and helping me when I need it.

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