Interview with Rivka Wilkins (@rivkawilkinsart)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

I have always been into art and I have been a graphic designer for over 10 years. I kept drifting back and forth between different art worlds. Trying one new art form after another. Nothing really kept me interested until I started using resin. All of a sudden there was this new art medium. I think we have only just begun discovering all that resin can do and that’s what keeps it exciting.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

I have quite a few, but probably when Bored Panda reached out to Jared @woodworksbyjared and I to do a story about our tables. It was amazing getting my first published story. Then Power of Positivity did a story about me. It’s always exciting when people outside the art world take notice.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

Balance your life and make sure your priorities are in order. Take time for yourself in creating what you want and not just what customers want. Learn as much as you can and surround yourself with inspiration. Don’t forget why you are creating art in the first place:

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

When I first started resin I found Rick Hildago who is an amazing artist. Luckily he offered tips and tricks for using resin. I then was able to share and learn with Hannah Collins and Brooke Ward. We would talk all the time about new techniques we discovered and new ideas on how to apply resin.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

I am always trying to give back. My Instagram highlights are full of useful information for using resin. I also provide product lists and process videos. My goal is to help them with the application part of the resin, while keeping my style to myself so they can discover their own artistic voice.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

I have two: “act like a boss until you are a boss” this one helps when those moments of doubt hit. It gets me out of my head. I always encourage new artists to think like that in order to get over self-doubt and nerves. The second is: “I hope my love was someone else’s solid ground” -Sara Bareilles. This one is more about how I conduct myself. I would like to hope that my kindness or love would impact at least one person’s life. That my art can bring them some joy. I want to be that person who gives everyone the benefit of a doubt. I try hard to be understanding when I talk to people with other languages and customs different than my own. I want to always put happiness and kindness first. Sorry, that one is hard to explain 😂

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

I am on Instagram and Facebook under the same tag “@rivkawilkinsart”.

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