Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren Marttila.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’ve been into photography since I was a child. I still remember learning to develop my own photos. (I would love to get into film again!) But it was my husband who encouraged my photography as an adult. He is an avid surfer, and I frequently tag along on his early morning surf sessions. Surfers live for the “wave of the day”, and photographers search for the perfect light, so it was a good combination.
I’m also super inspired by interior design. I love to see my work in situ, and I’m constantly thinking about how each piece would fit into a home.
Please tell us about your art.
I want people to collect my art because they love Nantucket, the ocean, and live for that first breath of fresh, salt air. I seek out simplicity and negative space in my photography so the viewers can see themselves in my work.
I get my Vitamin D through my work. Each photograph has a “road trip-hanging out of the truck-racing to catch the sunset-best wave of the day” story behind it. I’m attracted to scenes that reinforce the beauty and integrity in simplicity.
As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
I think there is an internal fulfillment, which can’t really be described in words. You are literally releasing something into the world that you love, took time to make, and are saying something with – and hoping people love it back. The best way I can describe “success” is when people buy my work because it speaks to them, reminds them of something (or someone) incredibly good, and they can’t live without it. Choosing to bring my work into their home and look at it every day is something I don’t take for granted. There are millions of artists out there, and for people to pick my stuff – it is an awesome feeling.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I sell online (www.laurenmarttila.com) and you can see many examples on my Instagram account @laurenmarttilaphotography. Additionally, I sell at Milly & Grace, Bodega, RedDot, and Go Figure Barre in NY and CT.
- Address: Nantucket, MA
- Website: www.laurenmarttila.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurenmarttilaphotography
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/laurenmarttila/
Headshot by Emily Elisabeth Photography. All other images are mine.