113. Clipping Sears Catalog Launches Artist’s Multi-Media Career
Nina Pak’s photographic career spans more than 30 years. “Out of necessity,” she also developed her skills as a wardrobe stylist, set designer and hair stylist. Published in international magazines, book and magazine covers and editorial spreads, Nina’s artwork appears in anthologies including Spectrum Best Contemporary Fantasy Art, and books about the digital process.
How Did You Start Using Your Talents?
As a child of a single mom, Nina used the Sears catalog for patterns, colors and fabrics to design clothes for her paper dolls. Never having been exposed to art classes, books or galleries, she used whatever she could find. In high school, she took every art and photography class available.
The Most Impactful Turning Point?
Two and a half years at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, exposed Nina to painting, print-making and fine arts. “It was wonderful, very inspirational,” she recalls. “There were lots of group activities, so I was taking dance and theater, women’s studies, writing poetry and doing student productions together.
The Most Powerful Lessons Learned?
“There’s no way to skip the basics. My advice is to first learn the tools. If you’re doing digital photography, master Photoshop. If you’re painting, learn how to mix colors, how to master whatever medium you’re working with. After hours of practice, finally, you will be good at it.”
On Her Bookshelf
Art history, ancient history and sci-fi/fantasy
Connecting With Nina Pak
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