Seattle might be notorious for niche coffee shops and scenic waterways, but locals know it's also home to an array of people who love to create. This city is chock-full of artists who we love to feature weekly on Seattle Refined! If you have a local artist in mind that you would like to see featured, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you're wondering just what constitutes art, that's the beauty of it; it's up to you!
Seattle Refined: How long have you been creating?
Hollie Zepeda: Since I was a child (25ish years, inside and outside of my mind).
Do you work with other mediums?
Yes, I get bored easily so I enjoy working with multiple mediums and learning new things.
Can you tell us about your artistic process and how the different stages work into it?
I often start with prayer or a special commission request. Then I will find reference photos that match what I can see in my mind in order to ensure that what I’m creating is realistic (that is my main style: realism). I choose the medium that I want to use and create the image using a multitude of techniques! Sometimes I get to a hard spot where I’m not sure how to create what I’m seeing. Then I adapt and do research or reach out to other artists for help.
Tell us about where your inspiration for your art comes from?
My inspiration comes from the Holy Spirit, my clients, and nature. Most of all, however, I’m inspired when I can teach someone something about themselves through art that they never knew before. Or, if they’ve been dormant with their art (like I was for 13 years), I love to help them to be inspired to go back to it.
Do you have a specific “beat” you like best – nature, food, profiles etc.?
I enjoy creating pieces with plants and animals best. I’m learning to enjoy creating portraits more and more as I learn new techniques that make it seem less intimidating.
Do you have one piece of art that means more to you, or is extremely special to you?
I have a succulent-colored pencil piece that I really enjoy looking at. It’s full of color and took me an extremely long time to create. It won first place in its division at the Benton-Franklin County Fair last year. So it’s one that I’m very proud of!
What experiences in your life have affected your art the most?
Positive people have also greatly affected my art. I’ve had mentors and people who believe in me and who I’ve turned to for help. Sometimes they feel threatened and stop talking to me (if they are also an artist), other times they are more than happy to help. I try to offer help as well when I can. But truly, I think what has affected me most has been what I have chosen to believe about myself as an artist, whether it was fact or fiction.
If we want to see more of your work where should we go to find?
My Facebook page is my main jam as of now. My art business is called “Art YOUR Way” and the link is @holliezepeda1987.
What is next for you? Anything you’re working on right now that you’re really excited about?
With the coronavirus setting in, practically everything I was doing has come to a halt. I believe that Jesus is starting something new, however. I’m focusing on learning how to offer courses online and becoming certified to teach “art sozo,” which is inner healing art through the power of Jesus Christ and prayer.
Lastly, how do you take your coffee? We ask everyone!
I LOVE coffee! I like white mochas (hot, iced, blended, they are all amazing!)