Interview by We Are Creative Adventurers.
What makes you a creative adventurer?
My constant need for traveling, creating, and giving back to the community.
Tell us a little bit about your background pertaining to your culture.
I am Bolivian, Lebanese, Black Irish, and Sicilian, born and raised in Florida. Identifying with one culture seems a bit difficult. My mother was born in Bolivia and lived in 15 different countries by the age of 21. Being raised by a multilingual and worldly cultured mother who is also an artist, a father from New York who has a passion for photography, I am not surprised I have turned out the way I am.
What did you learn from our trip at Scorpion Bay, and how was your art inspired through being surrounded by kids?
To travel to Scorpion Bay and catch epic surf is pretty rare. To get that and to share the joy of painting with local kids turned an awesome trip into an unforgettable trip. Being surrounded by that much genuine appreciation for such simple things only made me more grateful for everything and everyone I have in my life. That refuels my soul and allows me to continue to follow my dreams of being an artist, surfing, and traveling.
How does your passion for surfing and the outdoors influence your artwork?
Surfing is a major influence in my art. I first realized it when a client said he could tell I surf by looking at my color palette. I tend to mimic the muted but vibrant colors found in overcast glassy mornings. I try to capture a calming and reenergizing vibe with my art, which is how I feel after every surf.
Regarding your collaboration with YES snowboards, what is your thought process when creating something new?
Every blank canvas starts off a bit overwhelming due to the limitless creative possibilities. I begin with the basic elements and principles of design in my idea process. When I design I go through a lot of trial and error much like in the hidden layers in paintings. I keep adding the ugly until I get the pretty.
Tell us about your love for indigo dye and what you have planned for our workshop.
My love for indigo dye is that it’s made from raw elements; just like oil paint. The process of making natural dyes and oil paints is an age-old technique that hasn’t changed much. In dying fabrics I love not having full control over the end result. No matter what it seems to always comes out beautiful. This workshop will give you the fundamental knowledge on historic pattern making processes, how to create and maintain an indigo vat, instructions on creating various patterns, and different resists.