Hello, I’m Ann Christina (follow my blog and follow me on Instagram, Tumblr, and Facebook!) My full name as it appears in my passport is Katinka Ann Christina Horváth. I use Katinka Horváth in my everyday life, so Ann Christina was left without a purpose. And I decided to use it as my “stage name” for my art.
I was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. My mom is German, my father is Hungarian. Most of my family lives in Budapest, Hungary. I lived there too the last couple of years. I love Budapest and I miss it a lot, but now I live in Frankfurt again because wages in Germany are higher. So I kind of have 2 homes. I started drawing and painting when I was a kid. It was (and will always be) my favorite “occupation.”
And I always wanted to be an artist, a painter. I was always told that this is the surest way to poverty, and I was unfortunately not strong enough to make my way to art anyway. I must admit I was also afraid of failing at the qualifying examinations at art schools, so I decided to study something else (cultural anthropology, german literature, and politics).
When I was done studying, I started working, and tried out a lot of things and always thought: actually all I want to do is paint. Then I learned that one of my favorite artists, Gerhard Richter, is actually a graphic designer.
I found out that you can learn graphic design in “distance learning” and now I’ve been attending courses for the past 2 1/2 years. I´m almost done, and then I will be a real graphic designer. (Click here to view my portfolio!)
I feel better with a degree in my pocket when I will be looking for work as an illustrator. I think as an illustrator or graphic designer it´s easier to earn money than as an artist who is trying to sell his original artwork. I will try both though (you can view my store on Society6 by clicking here!). I started my blog because I needed some motivation. What is art without an audience? It kind of doesn’t exist if nobody sees it. And I found this incredible community of likeminded people here – and I’m really so grateful for this!!!
Until recently, I only used oil and watercolor. I kind of hated acrylics, they were so different and hard to handle (actually, same as watercolor in the beginning…). For my bigger, “serious” paintings I use oil (like in this one shown here). For my illustrations I use watercolor and now, also acrylics – depends on the subject. I don’t really have a creative process, I just sit down and start to paint or sketch. I don’t like drawing, all my drawings are just the sketches for my paintings. I love to work with paint and color, that´s what I miss in drawing.
I don´t really know what inspires me. It can be anything. Pictures, photographs I see. Beautiful street scenes. Nature. I think what inspires me is not the view itself, it’s rather the atmosphere a view creates. I’m inspired by some “magical atmosphere,” I guess. What’s cool about that: I can find it anywhere, because I think I have it with me all the time, it just gets activated by views and scenes.
I think what’s most important for me in painting or illustrating: I want to touch people, I want to get this “magical atmosphere” through to them. I want people to smile when they look at my illustrations, I want them to feel cozy and warm. Get them back to some childhood feeling. Make children feel happy.
If they look at my oil paintings they don’t have to smile, my oil paintings are probably not for smiling. But I hope I can touch them with some magic anyway. I’m also open for commissions and collaborations. Just contact me!
Creator of Doodlewash®, founder of World Watercolor Month (July), World Watercolor Group™, and host of the Sketching Stuff Podcast. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!