Interview: MAKULAY Artist Maria Genalyn Elmido
Maria Genalyn Elmido, 16, is a student of New Kuwait Philippines International School and is a member of MAKULAY. Young as she is, Art has played a significant role in her life. Following are 10 questions that will give us answers about her.
- Which type of art do you prefer?
It depends on my mood as to what kind of art I want to do.
2. How long have you been an artist?
I won’t call myself an artist yet because I don’t have enough art experience yet. Although I love to draw since I was young and 3 years ago, I became fond of painting. I need to learn a lot more and when I am already skilled in my craft, when I get a bit older, maybe I can consider myself an artist.
3. Do you have a purpose for your art?
Yes, I have a purpose for my art and that is to tell people that art will unite us as one and it will help us look at the unseen beauty the world has to offer. That behind every painting is a story we can relate on.
4. Who or what is your inspiration in your artistry?
I use music and my emotion as my inspiration. Aside from that my Mom is my second inspiration.
5. Best thing about being an artist?
I think the best thing about being an artist is when people appreciate your master piece or when they tell you that they can relate to it.
6. Down side of being an artist.
Since I am still young, I don’t think there is a down side for me because I am happy to express my thoughts and feelings thru my art.
7. Who is your art role model?
My mom and dad are my role models because they inspire me and they are the ones who support me and my art.
8. How did your work progress in time?
I guess I can improve little by little in every step I take. I don’t know if I can improve much in a month but I can assure you that I can improve in a year or two.
9. Some people may interpret your art differently. How do you handle such?
I guess I will be honored, because if someone interprets my art differently it means that I was able to inspire them and give them another idea. I am willing to hear the story behind it. Art can be cloned or identical at times but it depends on the person on how the story or interpretation goes.
10. Best advice for an aspiring artist.
If you’re a beginner like me, don’t be frustrated if things don’t go the way you want it. Practice makes us skilled it might seem hard but in reality if you really want to learn it will be easy. Hardship means nothing if you love what you’re doing.