Kelsey Dzintars – Painter

Posted on: July 28, 2014 by Pandora Schaff

“Whether you are doing it for yourself or making a career out of it, keep working.”

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Badlands

What’s your artistic background?

I grew up in South Dakota and did quite a bit of artwork growing up. I had a pretty creative childhood. My mom was always doing arts and crafts with us. It wasn’t until later on that I discovered that not every household has an arts and crafts room. In my sophomore year of high school, I knew I wanted to go into graphic design because I liked computer work. I always enjoyed painting and homemade cards and things like that. I went to MSU and studied in the graphic design program. My thesis project was a graphic novel, so I was trying to push in that direction. After school, I freelanced for about a year. Eventually, I ended up back in Big Sky working for Outlaw Partners. Ever since, I’ve been trying to keep up my own artwork on the side. Nights and weekends, I paint as much as I can.

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Free Rain

How do you balance your interest in graphic design and fine art?

I think they complement each other. Working with a client, you have boundaries to work inside. It’s nice to get away from that and have no restraints. As a designer, it’s important to draw and keep the creativity flowing. Thinking outside the box and bringing it back in. It’s a nice balance. My main passion is my fine art side but I kinda like the balance of having a place to go to work and given problems to solve with more structure to it.

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Jellyfish Island

Where do you draw inspiration with your fine art?

It’s a lot from my own experiences as well as fantasy. Experiencing nature like all forms, I think that keeps the art true to myself. It keeps it personal in that sense. When I was in high school and developing my ideas, I was interested in the big city. I had a lot of imagery that was very urban and it wasn’t anything close to home. So now, I’m bringing it back in.

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Synesthesia

Do you work on any work for commission?

I’ve done a few things. I like to be given subjects to work on and put my own flair into it.

What other hobbies and passions do you have?

I enjoy doing outdoor stuff, I snowboard and ski. I do a little bit of music, play guitar and piano a bit. I also play roller derby. I started playing with The Gallatin Roller Girls a little over a year ago and since I joined, it’s grown immensely. I always played sports growing up, so now it’s my outlet. It is something rare to be an adult and be on a team. I think its just really empowering that our ages range from 18 to 45. We are from all walks of life. It’s a cool community, a lot of fun.

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Foxy Mountain Snake Buzz

What advice do you have for people breaking into the world of creative work?

The biggest thing is to keep working. There was a time when the creative flow was fluid and I had no problem going from one painting to the next, cranking stuff out. Then I would hit a roadblock and not paint for months. So it’s really hard to get that momentum going again. I went to school with a lot of kids; once we were out of school there wasn’t that structure of assignments and they didn’t do anything with it. It’s sad because there was a lot of great talent. Whether you are doing it for yourself or making a career out of it, keep working

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Street Musicians

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Posted on: July 28, 2014 by Pandora Schaff