CD Paintings by Zoe Rivera

Original CD paintings by the spectacularly splendid and skillful sophomore Zoe Rivera! Zoe talks about her process for planning her amazing pieces, how she began her own online shop, how aestheticism inspires her distinct style when creating, and more! Check out more of her art on her Instagram @Shop.ByZoey or whip out those wallets and support Zoe by treating yourself to an original CD painting, or a commission at @ShopByZoey on Etsy!

Q: How did you get started with the shop and CDs?

A: It actually just started out with me wanting to design stuff for my room, because I was going to redesign everything in my room, I just wanted to do some pinterest, kind of quirky, thing. And I kept painting and I got all these new supplies and my dad was like “Hey, you really have a thing for that.” And I was like, okay, and he said “You should sell them online.” So, I just opened up a little shop and I’ve already made like 40 bucks in the past 2 weeks so…

Q: What other artists do you take inspiration from? Anyone in particular that you admire?

A: I don’t really have a specific one, I just kind of…? Honestly, especially on Pinterest where I get most of my stuff from, there’s so many different people who are so creative, and use so many different materials, and ideas, and styles of art that there’s no really just one person to take inspiration from.

Q: I noticed you have The Weekend on one of your pieces, and also Harry Styles, so: top three musicians, go!

A: The Weekend is definetly number one. God, I haven’t been asked this question in a while, I definitely used to be a big fan of Post-Malone, and probably Childish Gambino. I like how he makes a lot of unique and funky music. It’s different and that’s what I like about him.

Q: I feel as though your work has a very distinct style, somehow I get a mix of like grunge and retro, but what are your aspiring aesthetics? Things you try to emulate?

A: I kind of — and I probably shouldn’t say this at school — I kind of like the aesthetic of drug trips? Like LSD, anything that’s really “trippy?” I’m really attracted to that. And I really like poppy, vibrant colors. And I also like a lot of retro stuff, like anything from the 80s and 90s I really like that kind of stuff. That’s kind of why I like the After Hours album that The Weekend just released, because it’s really retro, and that’s what I like about it.

Q: Do you take commissions? What were your favorite commissions?

A: Yes, I can do pretty much anything, you just have to send me a photo of what you want and I can do it. The way the Etsy site works, it’s only accessible by desktop, it doesn’t work on the phone, but if you go on the desktop you’ll see a black little box in the left hand corner and it’ll say “create custom order” and you’ll be able to attach a photo or type what you want. And depending on how long it takes me to do something, how much material it takes up, that’s how much I charge. I don’t charge crazy much. So far I’ve only gotten two commissions, but my favorite was this one with like a sunset with a dolphin and a palm tree, it was really pretty. I have it on my instagram, @Shop.ByZoey.

Q: What’s an art piece that you really want to do but have been putting off for a while now?

A: There’s this piece that I’ve been wanting to do for a while now, I don’t know how to describe it… it’s split down the middle, and half of it is the sun, and it’s a lot of bright things on it, and the other half is the moon, it’s really dark, but there’s a lot of like really small, intricate details that are really difficult to get a hold of, and I just don’t really have the materials for that right now, so if I tried to, it just wouldn’t execute as well.

Q: Do you plan on expanding your horizons in your Etsy shop? Any future ambitions with your art?

A: I’m not really sure right now, this kind of started out as just a little thing to make like a side hussle, but I’ve kind of been taking it more seriously lately and I’ve been seeing better results. So I’m not really sure where this is gonna go but I do hope I can at least keep making more art and just get my style of art out there.