We had the good fortune of connecting with Wasso Kozlina IV and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Wasso, career-wise, where do you want to be in the end?
My personal end goal is to be at the top in my genre. I don’t necessarily need to make the most money but I want to feel and know I belong among the greats I admire so much. So by the end of my career, when I can’t paint anymore, I hope to have given it my all. I hope that I have reached my unknown potential.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I fell in love with drawing and eventually painting. That is where it starts for me. Just finding what in this world can I do everyday and be able to grow in that I also love. Painting was that answer for me in every way. I became obsessed with learning and being able to create images out of tubes of paint that are brand new and novel. People can look at my paintings and escape, be inspired, or just enjoy the short experience and that makes me happy. I try to set myself apart from other artists by having the end goal in mind, never quitting, and really trying to challenge myself to make unique art that is fun for any age and time period. The biggest challenge I have found in creating art and earning a living from your passion is the urge to stop prematurely. No matter what the most successful people always kept going and didn’t stop, that’s rule number one go actually living a dream. I told myself from day one that I will not be where I want to be skill wise for many years and that is okay. If I can keep improving bit by bit and never quitting, then that is and will always be enough and the best I can do.

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.
Being a transplant to the Denver area I would say first and foremost hike! There are so many hiking trails in the rocky mountains that are of every landscape. As far as food goes there are so many good restaurants. I would recommend Verde in Louisville and Boulder for my favorite taco spot. Casa Bonita is a fun and unique place too for the experience. Denver has an excellent zoo and art museum. At the very least take many drives in the mountains, and just take pull offs along the way to slow it down if you’re on a time crunch.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate this shoutout to my family, friends old and new, my customers, and my wife, Amanda. She helps me stay sane and on track, but also accepts me when I fly off the rails now and then.

Website: Wassoart.com

Instagram: Mint_beastwood

Image Credits
Amanda Kozlina

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