Name: Gloria Muthoka
Occupation: Visual Artist
Location: GoDown Arts Centre
Facebook: Art by G-Muthoka
I am a visual artist (painter and graphic designer), mentor, leader and young woman with a passion for the youth who has dabbled in photography and once in a while trying to figure out the guitar. As evident from the aforesaid I have a huge interest in the arts.
Creative Life Cycle
I remember myself drawing from a pretty young age. I still remember my numerous drawings of Tarzan. Back then I was in an Indian school. The day I went back home speaking in Gujrati was basically one of my last. I was moved to a bigger school where I started closing in on myself resulting in me drawing more. Moving along, I remember my CRE exercise book in standard 4. It was filled with colored drawings that earned me good remarks and grades. I still remember the teacher holding it out once to the rest of the class. Ah, the joy of color. Pumped with encouragement from my family, I continued on, sketching, doodling, drawing and painting. I had a number of ‘art related firsts’ and they were all totally awesome -my first set of poster color paints, my first set of water color paints (Marie) and my first set of pastels are just but a few.
Even though I did not attend a school that taught art, I was involved in the first school magazine at that time. It was black and white and oh so found wanting. However, it was a thrill to take part in its making. I made menu cards for the Home Science students and made some money while at it. The first painting I ever sold was that of a bird.
After high school, I explored with oil paints on canvas. The artists I found then were not willing to let me in on the secrets to working with this media. So I struggled for a while until I found someone who took the time to show me how to prepare the canvas for painting. During this time, I got my first book on art. I also got the opportunity to have a computer in close proximity and thus discovered digital art.
My time in campus consisted not just of school work but a personal exploration of art where I dabbled with both traditional and digital art. I should mention that I made some money out of this. I was also quite involved in putting together a number of yearbooks. Encouragement came from all corners – family, friends and institution related persons etc. Of note is that one of the things I wrote in the yearbook (when I graduated) was that I wanted to retire early and spend time painting… hmmm.
When I completed campus I went on to work in the humanitarian sector. While at it my love for art was trumped by the art of tiredness. Needless to say though I barely touched my physical brush I took time to use my digital one. These were my moments of sunshine. Finally I left the 8-5 to become a full time artist. It was around this time that I spent some time with artists like Mukabi whom I bothered with tons of questions and whom I used as a beacon to guide me in the new path back home. Here’s to a work of art in progress.
Called to create thought provoking art and design.
Telling stories to people of all walks of life through traditional and digital art.
I will look for a mentor that I will meet with regularly. Innovation in my book will take its face in me printing my illustrations and paintings on bookmarks for sale and give aways. I will make myself available to share the experience of my art journey (specifically to the youth). I will also take the step to start operating as a company. I will use Social Media to put out my work – this will involve posting daily to Facebook and adding work consistently to Behance. I will apply to a residency (local or regional). To this end, I intend to have at least one solo exhibition and take part in at least 3 group exhibitions.