We’re excited to introduce you to the always interesting and insightful Christina Rosepapa. We hope you’ll enjoy our conversation with Christina below.
Christina, thanks for joining us, excited to have you contributing your stories and insights. When did you first know you wanted to pursue a creative/artistic path professionally?
As a child I was always curious on how things worked. I loved to paint, sketch and explore. Through artwork I would get lost in my imagination.
In high school I lived in Southern California and it was then that I wanted to pursue a creative career. My dream was to attend the ArtCenter College of Design and become an Illustrator. Though this did not happen, I did go on to college at California State Northridge and majored in art history and psychology. At the time I was pressured to choose a more ‘practical’ direction. However, out of college I went into the publishing field as a graphic designer. For years I worked in publishing and then later started my own business.
As always, we appreciate you sharing your insights and we’ve got a few more questions for you, but before we get to all of that can you take a minute to introduce yourself and give our readers some of your back background and context?
Professionally, I’ve been in my field of work for years now as a business owner at Rosepapa Creative where I provide business web design services. I’m proud to have worked with and continue to work with a variety of businesses and people. I enjoy helping others, am very detailed and dedicated.
My artwork has also played an important role in my work. Though it is not the source of my income, It has connected me to new friends and opportunities.
What’s the most rewarding aspect of being a creative in your experience?
Being creative and artistic is definitely rewarding. There is always more to explore, learn and create. It’s never boring. Taking a thought, feeling or experience and making it visual gives me a sense of meaning to my life. An outlet, expression and a way to deal with feelings. To express what I cannot put into words, I can put into my artwork. It’s also been rewarding to see my work in local art gallery’s.
However, the expression of art by the artist can be a vulnerable feeling. I’ve struggled with insecurity over my work. I think for an artist or creative person if they can work past the self-doubt and inner critic they can create from a joyful and whole place.
We’d love to hear a story of resilience from your journey.
Resilience has been an ongoing theme in my work for the past several years. Starting about 8 years ago, I was going through a series of difficult life changing events. I wanted to get back to creating more artwork as an outlet and a way to process what I was going through.
Through art workshops and meeting new art friends, I became motivated to start working on art again.
The past few years through the pandemic have been a challenge for all. It’s been through the expression of creativity that I have become more resilient to challenging times. I’ve worked on several themes relating to resilience in my artwork the past two years. My work also opens the door to conversations with other people about what they are going through.