Cami Goldman is an illustrator and creator. Her recent series is a geometric approach to animals. She lives in Utah.
Tell us how you became an artist. I grew up in Utah with five older siblings. Both my parents and most of my siblings have always been very artistic and creative. I’ve loved art for as long as I can remember. As a kid I took art classes up through high school and was always sketching something. As I got older and busier I did it less and less. In 2014 I was really missing it and feeling the need for a creative outlet, so slowly started picking it up again. Friends and family saw my work and encouraged me to keep with it and even start selling it. So I decided to go for it and here I am.
How have Mormon artists been influenced by social media? I think Mormon artists have been influenced quite a bit. It used to be that you only saw the traditional LDS art in religious bookstores and even on the Internet, but because of social media and the artistic community within it, I think LDS artists have felt more encouraged to share their art and have had more success doing so.
What do you wish you would have known when you were getting started? When getting started I wish I would have known that even though I get lots of emails and “likes” there will always be people who don’t necessarily care as much about my work as I do. It can be easy to feel rejected. But you just have to remember to keep focusing on doing what you love and worry less about how many people follow you or don’t.