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Meet Christiane Gozashti, an artist who's work not only caught our eye but blew us away! Her pieces are so different from anything we've seen, so deep and surreal, they really moved us. We were lucky enough to meet this talented Californian while she was living in Australia. Christiane was so bright and bubbly, it was so nice to meet such a beautiful person who just seemed high on life. After becoming friends on, good old Facebook, we were amazed at her paintings and just how talented she was. We knew we had to share her story.

Christiane at work.

Christiane at work.

Are you looking to make a career or lifestyle through art? If so, how are you going to achieve this?

I started my own business in Australia but because of visa issues had to come back to California. I also started going to art school while I was there via a distance program based out of San Fransisco. I'm so excited, I just finished my first semester. A feat, as I had to move across the world right in the middle of it! I am currently doing some art for a company called Toms Shoes. I get a LOT of people asking for artwork, the problem is everyone wants something but can't pay for it. Our economy is still in the ground and when there isn't expendable money, art isn't really being purchased. I'm excited at some potential opportunities that are arising for me but we shall see where they go. In terms of creating a career out of art, I'm going to try to get my masters and a teaching credential to teach on the collegiate level. That way I can take trade traveling around the world and make good money, or at least have summers off. Two weeks of vacation here in the states isn't enough for an adventurous one like me. You need to have shackles on me to get me to stay in one spot forever, which is why I want to live on a boat. These are just ideas in my head and future markers that I'm walking towards so I can progress. Life always has a way of changing your path. Just go with the flow.

Who is your favourite artist and why?

WOAH, thats a loaded question that is constantly changing. I have found that the further my artistic education progresses the more my taste in art changes. I think its because your looking from a more trained eye and you appreciate different things. I like a lot of art but if I were to buy a painting, I would usually buy something that I couldn't recreate myself. An example of this would be a painting in which the paint is left in a natural state and creates an organic composition that is impossible to copy. In terms of mainstream art, I like the more twisted, dream-like compositions... things that make you stare and go "huh?" I like to support a lot of local art as well. 

What are some of your other inspirations such as music, traveling, surfing?

Well this is a loaded question as well. I am that person that gets a thousand ideas a day and materializes less than 1 percent of them haha. For me, I usually get visions. Something triggers my brain and I see my painting before I actually paint it. The magic is when I can remember it. I get inspired sometimes by a feeling or emotion. Then through that feeling I hone in on a visual representation of it. For example, right now when I think of frustration, I think of tearing and I'd probably paint some form tearing, something in distress or anger and then it evolves from there. Sometime being way different than my original idea. Usually my stuff is very strange and out there so I think in a Salvador Dali type of way. I appreciate his work a lot, even though I wouldn't hang one in my house. P.S. theres always a secret wave in my paintings haha.

Any exciting things happing in the Pipeline?

Exciting things in the pipeline? What does that mean? haha. Besides getting so pitted in the barrel that I don't even bother with sunscreen.... or shampoo for that matter because the spit cleans my hair... winning.... haha.

I work for a company called Tom's shoes. They're an awesome brand and I love who works there. Now that I'm back in California I started doing some shows with them. The pieces I presented had a nautical theme. This one being an evil temptress/mermaid sinking a vessel. This is a great example of the dreamlike imagery I like to do on my own. Anyways, I was stoked, all my pieces sold and all the money was given to a good cause.

I work for a company called Tom's shoes. They're an awesome brand and I love who works there. Now that I'm back in California I started doing some shows with them. The pieces I presented had a nautical theme. This one being an evil temptress/mermaid sinking a vessel. This is a great example of the dreamlike imagery I like to do on my own. Anyways, I was stoked, all my pieces sold and all the money was given to a good cause.

This is just a pen sketch of mine that I wish I had. This one in particular means a lot to me, but its in Mission Beach, FNQ! I had a lot if mixed feelings and I just started drawing... Well, that's what came out. I think I felt a bit trapped and confused. The mermaid with wings all bound up and... Trapped I guess. Haha hard to explain this one, you just had to be in my head.

This is just a pen sketch of mine that I wish I had. This one in particular means a lot to me, but its in Mission Beach, FNQ! I had a lot if mixed feelings and I just started drawing... Well, that's what came out. I think I felt a bit trapped and confused. The mermaid with wings all bound up and... Trapped I guess. Haha hard to explain this one, you just had to be in my head.

This was my first time using ink. This is the fifth out of 5 that I did as a series. The concept was each figure depicted a certain attitude towards death. This one depicts curiosity. I worked from a model and had 30 minutes to do it. Basically, you end up with a lot of drawings and only a few that are good enough to show. I felt this was one of them.

This was my first time using ink. This is the fifth out of 5 that I did as a series. The concept was each figure depicted a certain attitude towards death. This one depicts curiosity. I worked from a model and had 30 minutes to do it. Basically, you end up with a lot of drawings and only a few that are good enough to show. I felt this was one of them.

The lion... I did a sketch of it and then I was asked to do a painting by my brother. We used to call him Jeffery Lion. I did it on a plane back to Cali with coffee and a combination of mine and the stewardesses pens. It was a very quick plane ride because I had my head down the whole time, which was good because the guy next to me loved the sound of his own voice! Haha someone walked by and offered me 1500 for it on the plane, but I declined. It was for my brother.

The lion... I did a sketch of it and then I was asked to do a painting by my brother. We used to call him Jeffery Lion. I did it on a plane back to Cali with coffee and a combination of mine and the stewardesses pens. It was a very quick plane ride because I had my head down the whole time, which was good because the guy next to me loved the sound of his own voice! Haha someone walked by and offered me 1500 for it on the plane, but I declined. It was for my brother.

The second was a digital imaging final I did depicting the birth of the furies, referencing Greek or Roman mythology. I shot a model in daylight and had some Photoshop fun!

The second was a digital imaging final I did depicting the birth of the furies, referencing Greek or Roman mythology. I shot a model in daylight and had some Photoshop fun!

This piece is a massive piece that's traveled with me through Australia, I was trying to sell it but never had the opportunity to put it up somewhere. It took me two years to paint this. Not because of the painting itself but because I painted the landscape, spilled red ink on it and couldn't figure out what to do with it next. I had all sorts of ideas jotted down but I wanted something powerful and meaningful. Then Chief Sitting Bull with tears of blood came into my mind. It seemed to really add meaning to the land as well. If you're familiar with Native American history, its pretty obvious. All the symbols have meaning. The triangles depict footprints to tie in with the barren land, the totem pole symbols mean family and the Phoenix was a deity figure that watched down upon the earth. The native Americans felt the eagle was the closest being to the gods since they flew so high. This piece sold finally for 3 grand.

This piece is a massive piece that's traveled with me through Australia, I was trying to sell it but never had the opportunity to put it up somewhere. It took me two years to paint this. Not because of the painting itself but because I painted the landscape, spilled red ink on it and couldn't figure out what to do with it next. I had all sorts of ideas jotted down but I wanted something powerful and meaningful. Then Chief Sitting Bull with tears of blood came into my mind. It seemed to really add meaning to the land as well. If you're familiar with Native American history, its pretty obvious. All the symbols have meaning. The triangles depict footprints to tie in with the barren land, the totem pole symbols mean family and the Phoenix was a deity figure that watched down upon the earth. The native Americans felt the eagle was the closest being to the gods since they flew so high. This piece sold finally for 3 grand.

This is a sketch I did out of colored pencil and watercolor. It's supposed to depict the total surfer vibe of the water making you feel complete. I gave it away as a gift to a good friend of mine.

This is a sketch I did out of colored pencil and watercolor. It's supposed to depict the total surfer vibe of the water making you feel complete. I gave it away as a gift to a good friend of mine.

This was a gift for some friends at Burleigh Heads. A lovely couple that let me stay with them for a month or so while I figured my stuff out. It was so nice of them to have me. The lady worked in the fashion industry and the gentlemen worked for quiksilver. So this was a piece for both of them, as a thank you!

This was a gift for some friends at Burleigh Heads. A lovely couple that let me stay with them for a month or so while I figured my stuff out. It was so nice of them to have me. The lady worked in the fashion industry and the gentlemen worked for quiksilver. So this was a piece for both of them, as a thank you!

Seriously so amazed at your talents Christiane, thank you so much for sharing your story with us. Be sure to check out more of Christianes work through the link below.

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