Homemade Holiday with Torin Ashtun

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Making a life out of what you love is always in season. The holidays just make for one more opportunity to celebrate the creative, the artistic and the all-around inspired. With Lucky Brand’s Homemade Holiday, we bring home some of our favorite local talents as they turned their passions into professions. Meet model-painter, Torin Ashtun, as she shares details about her artistry and how she’s connecting with loved ones this holiday season.
“Truth be told, painting and modeling balance each other.”
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How do you manage to live a balanced life between modeling and painting?
I approach my life one day at a time. Most weeks painting is my priority and the focus will switch to modeling when opportunities are presented at the right time.
 
Tell us about one of your most memorable art pieces and the meaning behind it.
One of my most memorable pieces is ‘She Sold Herself for 2k.’ It is also my largest piece to date. The painting is meant to question your self worth and the price one may put on their worth. A silhouette is holding a sign that says “Not For Sale” with the ‘Not’ crossed out showing how indecisive I can be about my own worth.
 
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Where do you draw inspiration from?
I draw inspiration from my own life experiences and the people who are a part of my life.
 
Celebrating the holidays will be different this year. How do you plan on staying connected with loved ones?
I plan on cooking and sharing a dish with each of the family members who aren’t interested in gathering together this year.
Any projects you’re currently working on that you can share details about?
I’m working on putting together a virtual art tour of my studio to showcase all my pieces thus far. If possible, even allow scheduled tours of the studio.
Check out Torin on Instagram: @torinashtun
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