1.- Where are you from?
I was raised in Colima, Mexico.
2.- How long have you been sketching/painting?
For about 15 years now.
3.- What made you start?
I always had this desire or vision since I was a kid of being an artist, I remember having dreams and I could see myself grown up already and I was painting, in one of my dreams I could see a river with lots of paintings and sculptures and I was there the older version of me looking at the younger me and it felt like I was looking at the future, that desire and that feeling made me want to do all, some people tell me is a calling and it is a God given gift and now that I’m older I’m starting to believe in it so much more. I want to share this quote with you “Some men see things as they are, and ask why. I dream of things that never were, and ask why not.” - Robert Kennedy
4.- What’s your favorite medium to work with?
I love all mediums but I would say oils is my favorite.
5.- What themes do you pursue in your work?
Self development and the search to self discovery to understand who we are, the journey to make dreams come true.
6.- Who’s an artist that you look up to?
The Spanish master Salvador Dali.
7.- What’s your goal professionally?
To create meaningful and long lasting artwork that can have a positive impact in the community, society and open many doors for the new generations of artists.
8.- What draws you to the style of art that you do?
I feel attracted to the dreamy scenery in surrealist paintings based in dreams or in true life events, all painted on a picture that is telling you something and you have to figure out what it is.
9.- What would you call your style?
10.- What is your artistic process? Do you plan and research before you start a piece or do you just start sketching/painting?
My creative process starts with listening to music most of the time, other times going out for walks and daydreaming and using my imagination to put the picture together, I do research at the local library or browsing the internet or go out there to public places to observe either nature or people walking by or asking friends or random people things so that I can hear other points of view, I take my sketchbook with me but the magic happens only when I get that feeling that tells me “this is it!”.
11.- Where do you find your inspirations? Do you have a go-to place?
The first place I find inspiration is inside my head, sounds a bit odd but I look through my mind the same way a person can look through a drawer looking for things he or she has storaged, feels like some sort of time traveling, I can go to the past looking for the happy memories and then I can travel to the future to picture myself in the place where I could be and then I can think where I’m at in life, from things I see and feel I start to draw in my head and those lines help me understand myself and the world around me, I think this is why they say Art is healing.
12.- What music do you listen to when working? Does is vary based on the piece on art?
I love listening to some good old classic rock and electronic music bands like the Beatles, Pink Floyd (Dark Side Of The Moon), Depeche Mode, The Moody Blues, Kraftwerk, and some of the more newer bands are Nine Inch Nails, The Horrors, Moenia, Babasonicos, Zoe The Band, Interpol.
And yes, it really depends on the mood and the music really influences my artwork and the colors I use, it could even influence a whole collection.
13.- What’s your go-to snack/food when you’re working?
I love food so yes I always have to have a snack or a non-alcoholic drink while painting, I love Watermelon with Tajin in the Summer, Rocky Road ice cream and sometimes I drink Diet Coca-Cola this is my guilty pleasure drink, kids don’t drink it! it’s bad for you! and some other days I keep super healthy with fruit shakes using almond milk. Another favorite snack is peanut butter on toast with honey while I drink coffee in the mornings to get in the mood.
14.- What’s your favorite piece that you’ve done?
I have some many that are my favorite, is hard to chose one, but I would say this Watercolor painting I call “The Martyr” it has a lot of meaning and is still so relevant in my life.
15.- How was your process/practice changed over time?
It has changed from more structure to more random and more spontaneous, I don’t like to plan things, I mean I do somehow but I really let me my inner voice/intuition and heart to lead the way, it might look like I don’t know what I’m doing but everything comes all together, I forget about controlling things and I forget about techniques and theories and colors etc. and I just let it flow, everything is happening without thinking and when I stop and step back… big surprise when I see what I just did, to me is all about feeling and really connecting with the artwork.
16.- What’s your dream project/commission?
God I would love to do some big oil paintings for a church like the old renaissance masters, large and detailed with so much meaning behind them, something like the resurrection of Lazarus, the last supper, the ascension or even a portrait of Jesus Christ which I deeply admire and I would be so honored to do something like that. All great masters have done it.
17.- What do you feel is an artist’s role in society?
I personally think is about inspiring others to create and expressing their uniqueness using any media available especially the youth, when I was younger I used to get in a lot of trouble because I had close to nobody to tell me what to do, no guidance so I had to figure many things in my own and that is why I think it is important than the youth can see others doing things and they will follow those steps, it will give them direction and meaning if they too don’t have anyone around to lead them somewhere.
18.- Where are you drawing inspiration from for this piece for the Benton Franklin Fair? (If you have started any sketching could I possibly get a sneak peak picture of it for the story?)
I am looking at the people that lives here, the nature, the industry here, the history of the Tri-Cities and what I think about the future of this area will be like in let’s say the next 25 or 50 years. It will be something unique and I am really excited to show this piece to the public.
19.- What’s one thing your art has taught you about life and/or yourself?
Patience is something art has taught me that I feel is key in life, also has taught me consistency and perseverance, nothing great some easy and what easy comes easy goes, is been a bed of roses but with the roses also comes the thorns and I have learned to love both.
20.- What’s the best piece of advice you would give someone who wants to go down the same path as you?
Be ready for a great ride! focus and learn to be patient, try to look for a mentor with more experience and ask questions, learn that to receive is to give, connect with other creative people in the community and online, learn how to use social networks to promote your work locally and beyond, don’t get discouraged if things don’t work right away and pick yourself up and go at it again, learn to take breaks so you won’t burn out, don’t worry too much if others think you are crazy because you are following your dreams because this is your life and you have to be happy and doing what you love is very important.
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