It may sound corny, but being an artist has always been my dream. As a child, art was the most exciting hobby, and as a teenager, it was the ideal way to avoid what were, at the time, boring classes. I liked the idea of making something with my hands and working at my own pace. So I went to college to study Design Management and Visual Communication, and even though I had worked in this field for several years, the long hours behind the computer, always being managed by marketing teams, and not being able to make my own decisions made me realize I was working for a salary, which was simply not for me. I mean, I still work as a graphic designer for my own clients on the side, but it’s only on occasion.
After quitting one job in 2013, I was looking for a way to return to my artistic passion: painting. I grabbed some brushes and began painting with watercolors once more. My first sketches were of eyes, lips, and other face parts; I became so excited about it that I posted some of them on my personal social media accounts. The same year, Guayaquil (Ecuador) hosted Wallpeople, a fascinating one-day exhibition on the streets of many cities around the world. I took some of my paintings and put them on display.
Many of my friends liked the paintings and encouraged me to keep painting, so I gradually started experimenting with portraits. After many failed attempts, I completed a series of portraits based on my favorite rock bands. It took me several months, but it also gave me the opportunity to participate in the next Wallpeople Guayaquil edition. This time, the results were better; I was even interviewed by a national newspaper, which made me very happy! That confidence boost enabled me to begin painting portraits on commission. I painted portraits for friends and others for at least 7 years before deciding to stop because my interests changed over time.
After this year, I realized I wanted to create my own artwork and build a portfolio of something other than family portraits, watermelons, and flamingos. And it happened in a similar way with the teaching, but that’s another story. I have a strong desire for creative freedom, so I want to focus my efforts on art that allows me to express myself while also combining my other passion, photography. Aside from that, I realized I’m also very interested in interior design and styling, so I’d like to create pieces that reflect certain themes.
I’ve made decisions about my art career, such as not participating in craft markets or saying no to galleries that want to charge you thousands of euros for exposure, and it has nothing to do with suddenly having a big ego or so… I’m still an emerging artist, and I just want to think twice about anything that might have an impact on my art career in the future. Looking back, it’s been a long journey, both physically and emotionally, but I’m very proud of myself! 🙂
If you’re an artist reading this, keep going and be proud of every choice you’ve made.