We had the good fortune of connecting with Lana Blum and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lana, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I started drawing when I was about 10 years old – it was somewhat of an obsession. I stayed up very late every day to complete a piece. I was a very shy child and I believe it was my only way to communicate with the outside world. My mother recognized that talent early on and hired different teachers who helped me to explore different way of creating art. I never stopped learning – I love learning new 3D modeling techniques and working with different mediums.
I was going through a divorce few years back and I stopped making art for two years. It was a dark, empty period of my life. One of the days when I was traveling during that time I went to a Modern Art Museum in Prague and saw a beautiful glass art exhibition. I started crying when I was looking through the art pieces as a part of my soul just came alive with an urge to express. Since that moment I promised to myself that I will never stop creating because it is part of me essence.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My main inspiration comes from my love to science, nature and the inner workings of our psychology. Nature was always my sanctuary – when I was a child I loved reading about our cosmos, history and animals. My way of working comes from experimentation, trying to visualize the unseen patterns and structures in our world. I am not sure if my path was harder or easier than others, but I realized early that if you love something, you have to pursue it because having grit is one of the important qualities in life which can set you apart from others.
One of the most important lessons I have learned is to keep on going. I tend to create a story about my self image which is coming from the insecurity around my inconsistent work processes. I sometimes have taken longer breaks from my work and had a lot of shame to come back. I understand today that most of the time people are just happy to see new artwork and don’t care about how much time passed since the last project. I know that my aim is longevity – as an artist I will work my whole entire life and will express myself in many new ways.
I would like to tell about my experiences and lessons in my life through art. The things which touch me, which I find beautiful, the hidden secrets of our world. My shadows and what I learned through them, my suffering which became one of my teachers and inspirations to become a better human being every day.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My favorite places are the Denver Botanical Gardens, the MCA and Ballet Performances at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. I love all the Japanese spots in the city as I love Japanese Culture. I love the little grocery store at Sakura Square. Some of my favorite restaurants are Mizu Izakaya, Domo and Bamboo Sushi.
I live in RiNo so a tour of my favorite shopping places and the Denver Central Market is a must too!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My biggest support is my fiance, David. He met me at a period of time when I was lost and he saw the person beyond the darkness. He keeps me inspiring with his way of seeing the world and how he is going through challenges in life. It happens often that in a difficult situation I just ask myself – What would David do? He is my constant mentor and supporter.