Kayla Newell

Where are you from?  I am from Salem, Oregon.

How long have you been painting?  I’ve painted throughout my life, as most people do, but I didn’t really start painting until 2011 just after I finished my degree in Art History. I read Rilke’s “Letters to a Young Poet” several times and felt it suddenly imperative that I quit my job, move to Europe and do nothing but paint or else kill myself. So I did and this is what’s happened. I’m still alive, thankfully.

What is your approach to painting?  I try not to think about it. I consider it to be something like a compulsive habit, or necessity, like physical exercise. It is just what I need to. It is on to do as it is to be. The approach is simply that I will do it as often as I can. The idea is freedom, really.

Favourite music?  Nicki Minaj, Drake, Kanye etc

Something close to your heart?  Idk a lot of things, all I can think about right now is smoking cigs and my sweet boyf, both of which I love dearly ;)

See more of her work here

My progress so far of the Jimi Hendrix piece. still learning how to paint loosely still controlling each stroke. #art #acrylic #artist #airbrush #artwork #artworks #allaprima #artstudio #painting #artoftheday #portrait #paint #wip #workinprogress #music #hiphop #instaart #ink #instacool #instadope #instagood #instafresh #oilpainting #urbanart #blackart #jimihendrix #fanart #oiloncanvas (at The Temple)


I just found my Year 12 HSC major artwork (I did it about 4 years ago).  It’s really big!  These are two little panels from it. 

There is no real meaning behind it.  I just based it off a song I loved at the time, The Lee Shore by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, from their live album.  I drew the imagery and wrote the lyrics onto it.