Born and raised in Lima Peru,
My father inspired me with my first pantone book at age 8.
When I was 13 my art teacher told me I had no talent.
My passions grew to a degree and employment in Advertising were I developed an obsession with the intricacies of Photoshop and Illustrator but decided advertising agencies were not for me.
California called to me 10 years ago with no clear intentions or means to survive.
So here I am, a T-shirt artist, Freelancer, Painter, Photographer, Illustrator, Art Director and a mom.
1.) Who are your top 3 artistic influencers?
I would have to say my parents were my top artistic influencers growing up. I have very clear memories as a young kid opening gouache jars at my mom’s office space where she used to be a drafter. My dad owned a paper company, and he used to bring me pantone books that I used to think of as my little treasures. Graphic Art from the late '50s to the late '70s is a big influence on me, too, all over the world. I find It really inspiring. Bob Marley has been a huge influence on me as well.
2.) Where do you create your art?
I have a garage studio. I also have a little office at my house, and my other office at work.
3.) How much time do you typically spend on each piece?
It’s all relative, really. It could take anywhere from 20 minutes to 20 days or so. Sometimes I have found myself drawing something really quick and I'm like, “This is done.” Sometimes I can spend days in the garage just trying, painting, repainting, going to the art store, coming back, cutting, staining wood, organizing... it depends on the piece. Sometimes I may have just found a doodle on a piece of paper I was drawing while on the phone one day, and I just go to the computer and boom, it’s done. Sometimes I want to try something new, and I have to f* up many times until I learn the technique on how to do it.
4.) What mediums do you work in?
Everything around is a medium. I enjoy using gouache, acrylic, markers, mechanical pencils, spray paint, sharpies, colors, paper, old books, book covers, wood, random found objects, surfboards etc.
5.) Do you have any advice for young artists?
To have fun and really let go of any judgement to yourself, and just enjoy. To feel it and feel the love that comes from you. To be careless about the rest and just enjoy creating. To be curious and resourceful. Try to get rid of clutter, either on your computer or studio or workspace because it blocks the creative flow, to be organized (in your own way), to be open to criticism, it challenges you to learn more. And also to trust your intuition.
Interview by Korduroytv, feb 2013