We recently had the pleasure of interviewing Sandras Malereien, an artist from Austria. Her art epitomises her passion for nature, animals and mythology as you will see below.
Tell us about the journey that lead you to launching your brand…
I’ve always been interested in ancient cultures, mythology, and rock art. With my paintings I have found a way to combine these three components.
Being an artist always comes with challenges, what’s been the biggest one you have faced and how did you overcome that?
Mark Twain put it in a nutshell: “Everyone with a new idea is a weirdo. Until the idea is successful”. The greatest challenge is to be taken seriously by those around you. Many begrudge your dream, or smile at you sympathetically and look forward to your failure. I went my way step by step, thought about how I could make my pictures available to a wider audience and the key to that is social media.
How would you describe your artistic flair in three words?
Mythology, Animal and Nature Protection
How do you want people to feel when they first see your work?
I want people to feel like the radio is playing their favorite songs at full volume. I want to evoke exactly this feeling of happiness in you.
If you to describe your personal style in three words, what would they be?
Childlike, Dreamy, Naïve
What advice would you offer to anyone wanting to become an artist?
First come up with a concept. Think about which direction you want to take, look what is already on the market and above all, believe in your success.
Talk us through an average day in your life…
I sit at my desk at 6 a.m. every day and do my work. But not only during the week I do get up early in the morning, on weekends I am often up at 6. Then I grab my dog and march out into nature. You can watch how nature awakes and this is where I get most of the inspiration for my paintings.
How much has social media played a role in the success of your brand?
Nowadays it is almost impossible to escape social media. You can present your work to the whole world with just one click. Through social media I reach people all over the world. People from India in particular keep telling me how they like my pictures.
Our readers love to travel, what destination is at the top of your bucket list?
Australia. This continent has so much wonderful things to offer, like its modern cities or its many beautiful nature parks. There is something for everyone. Australian natives settled the Australian continent around 60,000 years ago. These people have a tremendous knowledge of nature. I have a lot of respect for them.
What is your go to quote when lacking motivation?
“Do only once what others say you can’t do it, and you’ll never have to pay attention to their limits again”James Cook
Musically, Ed Sheeran is my absolute role model. I have already seen him twice at live concerts in Austria. His songs are powerful and always spread a good mood, which really motivates me.
What’s next for you and the brand?
In autumn I have an exhibition in Switzerland. There is still a lot of work to be done. Since I love to cook and I really want to pass on our old family recipes to my children, which go back to the 18th century, I am currently working on a cookbook that will be a combination of my travelling, recipes and my paintings. I would also like to open a gallery cafe with my children. Where people can come and relax from everyday life, even if it’s just for a quick coffee. A place where guests find nature, art and good food in harmony.
What does self care mean to you?
I have to admit that self-care is not my top priority. I am a single mother, so my children always have priority. But the older they get, the more I treat myself otherwise you run the risk of being burned out quickly. I shape my life in such a way that I feel good, I always keep my mind in shape with interesting tasks and get inspiration for my next vacation from travel magazines like yours, and since I also like to cook I try new recipes on weekends.
Where can people find out more?