**Disclaimer: I did not take the photos featured in this post.

I have been wanting to feature inspiring people and artists on this blog for some time now. In fact, the foundation of this blog and its content is built primarily on the inspiring people I meet on this wonderful planet. A huge inspiration for me is my home, so there is no better artist to feature this month than Bree Poort, a resin artist residing in O’ahu, HI.

I came across Bree’s work through social media and fell in love with each piece she created ever since. After following her the last year and a half, I wanted to introduce Bree to my readers in hopes that her work will inspire others to create as well.

This is her story.

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“My name is Bree Poort and I am a resin artist based out of Southern California & Hawaii. I like to explore different beaches and use them as inspiration for my pieces.  I have a drone that I use to capture the beauty of the ocean as well as mixing acrylic with resin to do the same. My love for the ocean came from growing up near it and surfing all my life. I find my pieces to be very calming and peaceful and evoking those emotions in an art lover is one of my favorite things to do.”
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Q: How long have you been creating resin art and what led you here?
A: I have been painting in the resin medium since the beginning of 2016. I wanted to paint a photo of the ocean from above and my background in oil paints wasn’t helping me create the idea I had in my head.
Q: Clearly the ocean influences you and your work. What else continues to influence you and your work today? what inspires you? What is it about the ocean that draws you to it?
A: My work is influenced by conversations I have with people, understanding their perspective and love for the ocean makes me curious to try new avenues with my art. I often feel inspired by music or photographs or even just color combinations I see out in the world. I think I am a pretty mellow person every day and with my background as a yoga teacher, I try to find moments of peace. The ocean brings that into my life almost instantly so that would be the biggest draw.
Q: What lessons have you learned in your career today, both from a creative standpoint and in business?
A: There are many lessons I have learned from my work and from a creative perspective it would be that inspiration is not always just sitting there waiting to be used. I can go months without feeling majorly inspired but I work through it and get little sparks here and there. In business, it is to be fair to everyone I work with and myself. I have stopped working myself to the bone and let the artwork sell on its own time without pushing it. I enjoy it more that way. I am more artist than I am business so I know there is so much for me to learn in the business side of my art.
Q: Where do you want to go from here? (answer this question in any way that you interpret. This could be professional, emotionally, spiritually, etc.)
A: I want to progress in my life. As 2018 is starting I want it to be the start of new adventures and opportunities to grow and progress in all aspects. I want to grow my relationships with others, I want to understand myself better and progress in my art form experimenting with other styles.
Q: Being a creator is difficult as much as it is rewarding. As an artist, what advice can you give to those aspiring to create?
A:  I would say just do it. Whatever is it big or small, just try for that one thing you want to create. You might find you love it or it might spark a new idea in you. Nothing is as rewarding as creating something and seeing the final product of your creation. 
Q: How did you get started when you decided this was your career? How were you able to get your work out there?
A:  I started by giving away a lot of my first pieces. I didn’t have the confidence to sell just yet and I wanted to work out all the kinks of the sides to the art I didn’t know yet. As I built my confidence and became broke from all the supplies I knew it was time to start selling so I could keep my passion alive. I used Instagram as my main source of marketing and word of mouth got me a lot of my first clients. It is not always easy, there are some months that are all painting and no selling and other months where you just want to sell but nothing is getting picked up. So even tho this is my career I have another source of income when I can’t just rely on art.
Q: What is your favorite project/ design?
A:  My favorite project was my biggest piece I have ever made. It was for my brother and I think that’s why it is still special to me. It was my first massive piece and I had support all along the way. It turned out to be on of my favorite pieces I have done thus far.
Q: If you could sum up your artwork in one word, what would it be?
A: Peacemaker 
Q: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
A: If you love it, go for it.
Q: What brought you to Hawaii? What keeps you in Hawaii?
A: I went out there to go to school ( where I studied Graphic Design). Now I just can’t leave. My husband and I have created a life together here that I never want to let go of. Hawaii is home.
Q: What has your art taught you? (about yourself, life, love, perspective, your talent etc.)
A:  It has taught me patience and hard work. It showed another side to me I didn’t think I would find this early in my life. I am so grateful for my art as it keeps me grounded and creative but also has led me to meet so many amazing people and make so many awesome connections.
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I asked Bree to complete these sentences. Here are her following answers:

I am a _____ . Creator

Design is ____. What helps make this world we create for ourselves beautiful.

the world needs ___. More kindness and selflessness.

I believe in ____. The power of doing what you love.

my job is ____. Painting.

Hawaii is ____. My home

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Follow Bree’s work on IG:@justbree
Check out her website to purchase her work or follow up on new pieces: Bree’s Website
Author wrap up and closing thoughts:
Big mahalo to Bree for agreeing to participate in this feature and taking the time to answer my interview questions! I often think that art grounds us as human beings and tethers us to something beyond ourselves. I chose to feature Bree because her art spoke to me and spoke to the root of my inspiration as a photo artist and content creator; the ocean. The ocean is a huge piece of home that I carry with me everywhere I go. When all else fails, I always turn to the ocean for inspiration and guidance. Bree’s artwork has been an awe for me, and her pieces continue to inspire me. I hope by sharing her story with you, you are all also inspired. If you are in O’ahu, be sure to look out for her pieces.
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