@klearwaterstudio Is Our Instagram Winner!

Congratulations to artist Kahlia Lear, our latest Instagram winner!  Kahlia is a mixed media artist, born and raised in Southern California:  "I would categorize myself as a mixed media artist, where I dabble in many different mediums like watercolor, oil, acrylic, sculpting, and lately it's been fluid painting. I always say my art is tropically wild and ocean inspired.  I have a slight obsession for all things water, marine life and wild animals."




Does where you currently live influence your work? 
Yes, I think so. I'm sure living in sunny Southern California is influenced a lot throughout my work. I love the sea, bright tropical colors and the feel of sunshine in my work.

What's your art background? 
I am self taught.  My artistic journey began the moment I learned how to pick up a pencil and draw. My mom used to think I traced my drawing as a little kid, haha!  I also attended California State University, Northridge and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Art.

Are you a full time artist or do you create around work hours? 
I work freelance in the tv/film industry in production and scenic art which gives me a lot of freedom to pursue my artwork. Eventually I hope to make the jump to be a full time artist in the near future.

What do you love about the mediums that you use? 
I think out of all the mediums I use, watercolor and fluid painting I enjoy the most.  I love the unknown outcome of each piece I create, making each painting unique and one of a kind.

Can you provide a brief rundown of your process?
Sometimes I plan out what I'm going to do, and other times I just wing it.  I find when I think too much about what I'm trying to create, it never goes right.  So throwing some paint down and seeing what happens is what makes it fun.  I don't necessarily have a process because I go about each painting I create differently. 

When did you discover resin?
When I started to explore fluid painting, I did a lot of googling to learn more about it, best techniques, etc and I stumbled upon Olga Soby's YouTube videos where she uses resin in her paintings.

How has resin impacted your artwork? 
Using resin has changed the game for me with my art. I think since using it, I have been able to finally find a signature style that is something I feel really confident about.

Why do you want to make art? What motivates you to create? 
It's something I really enjoy and have a lot of pride in creating. It makes me feel good when I complete something, like "Wow, I made that!"

Does art help you in other areas of your life?  
I think art is a good stress reliever.  It's like therapy to me.  When I paint, I just zone out and kinda get lost in it and forget about anything that might be troubling me.  

What do you hope someone sees or feels when they look? 

To see more of Kahlia's work:

Visit her website: www.klearwaterstudio.com
Follow her on Instagram: @klearwaterstudio

Congratulations on your win, Kahlia!


Every month, to celebrate our community of artists, ArtResin will send out a 32 oz kit to two lucky people who have tagged us on Instagram, showing the work they've created with ArtResin. 

Don't forget to tag YOUR ArtResin work with @art_resin on Instagram, and YOU could be our next winner!

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About the author: Joanne Wright

I'm Joanne, the Marketing Content Writer at ArtResin. Originally from Canada, my home is now Indianapolis, Indiana. My love of all things creative and my entrepreneurial heart means I’ve worn many hats over the years including fashion producer & stylist, retail store owner, t-shirt designer, and even vegan baker! I...