We had the good fortune of connecting with Agnes Russo and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Agnes, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
The artistic voice was always living inside me. While growing I learned that in order to survive I should always chose a profession that would make easy to find a job. I was not thinking about my dreams but only trying to be practical and realistic. I remember the day my big brother took me to see my future high school and he told me that if I will learn how to saw, I will always be able to find a job in case I won’t be able to continue studying. I was doing very well at school so I decide to continue my education and not only learn how to saw but also to design clothes. I remember that time not being the easiest one, Sawing requires a lot of practice and not having my own sawing machine was making it difficult. I spent a lot of hours walking to my aunt house to use her machine, visiting my friends and practicing there. Thankfully life has always a back door exit. Once day my sister bought me a simple sawing machine and that helped me a lot. I like the fabrics but designing and drawing was my real passion. I was more proud of my pictures during my final school presentation than of my dresses I made. I would have never thought this was the start of my future in the art world. During my university time I was experimenting with art, drawing and simple sculpture. After my children were born I started painting during the quiet evenings. Working with water colors and acrylics was very relaxing and fulfilling. I loved the feeling of freedom. The colors and shapes were telling me so much about what I was going through. Simple and maybe meaningless for someone but so clear and deep for myself. Art became a part of me. I felt this was the beginning of something special. In the lack of time I found the courage to do what I lost long time ago.I thought to do it for myself but the truth is I did it for my children to. I wanted showing them I’m more than their mom. I wanted to tell them that ” I can be more than one thing!”They helped me find my way and find myself again. Ii want to show the world something that someone already know in a different way.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Art was always a part of me. Sometimes a silent one, other times a very open one. In early years I loved to express myself through writing… poetry has a big place in my heart. Drawing and painting guided me during my high school and university. I remember that my art teacher used to say to me: “Your work is beautiful; spend more time on it and will become outstanding.” Yes, I was not always a very patient student. My painting was always about the abstract. Maybe simple for others but so deep and metaphoric for me.

My work evolved from very energetic abstracts movements to quiet, transparent, and light one. I mostly work with watercolors, acyclic, paper and canvas. I love simplicity, minimalist and yet elegant style. I take my inspiration from our beautiful Mother Earth, feelings, conversations and music. My memories and longings play a big role in my work as well. I want my art to be a piece of serenity and tranquility that every house can welcome.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I live in a lovely neighborhood where one can relax from the hectic city life. My favorite free time activity is running and walking. I would definitely take my friend for a run early in the morning along the bayou to see the spectacular sunrise. After that we can go for a coffee and pastry to a lovely French bistro in the area. A trip to nearest hills country spots would be a must specially in the blue bonnets season, the fields are painted in red and purple. On the street tacos, sizzling fajitas and margaritas would be the best options for dining and lunch. A trip to magnolia market would complete nicely the week

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to dedicate this shout out to my husband and kids. Even in the most difficult days they always stand by me giving me courage. I had many days when I was about to give up but feeling fully supported and loved gave me the wings to continue flying.

Website: www.agnesr.art

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