I know that this event will help empower young female artists to hone their craft, and let nothing hold them back from achieving their dreams.
Janet is a wife, stylist and artist at the upcoming event, Viva La Muxer. Check out her story below and show her some support this weekend!
Where are you at this very instant?
I am sitting in the living room of my San Luis Obispo apartment with my husband watching Kill Bill Vol. 2 and wondering if this is a deeper question which requires a
less literal response…
Visually, what is the closest thing to you? What is the farthest?
My hands are closest, and the farthest is a framed photograph of my husband and me kissing in Camp Pendleton at 4am right before his deployment, a reminder of how much we’ve been through together, and how strong we have become.
At the moment, what do you treasure the most in the environment which you are in?
My husband Chris, he is my best friend and I don’t know what I would do without him.
Where is home to you?
Home is wherever my family is.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in the farming community of Santa Maria, CA.
Are there any struggles you can remember growing up in this environment? If so, what were they?
This is a very personal question, and I am kind of a private person when it comes to the specifics of my life. I lost many people I love at a very young age, and went through dark and tragic periods of time that will stay with me forever, however looking back, in comparison to most I was very blessed. My family didn’t have much, but we had what we needed. My parents worked very hard rain or shine doing back breaking labor in the fields to give my sister and me the opportunity to have a better life than they did when they were young.
How did you cope with this?
Growing up the way I did, I knew nothing else so it wasn’t something I needed to cope or deal with, I just lived with it day by day and to me it was normal.
What or who helps you manage with everyday stressors?
Music, dance, my husband Chris, my sister Elizabeth, and my best girlfriend Katie are on the top of that list.
Where do you spend most of your days?
Most of my days are spent working behind the chair at Head Rush Salon, making my clients feel beautiful and planning our next event or photo shoot. If I’m not there, then I am at home working on a painting and/or binge watching my latest Netflix obsession.
We are all artists in one way or another. How do you express your artistic talents?
I don’t limit myself to one art form, I like to branch out so I express my talents through dance, drawing, painting, singing, hairdressing, ceramics and more. I have a hard time pin pointing a way to describe my artistic talents because they are a bit erratic, and ever evolving. Whatever I wake up feeling is what influences my artistic self that specific day.
Where have you displayed your work prior to Viva La Muxer?
I have work displayed in Santa Monica at Cirque Boutique, and two of my murals are still currently hanging at Santa Maria High School. This will be my first time showcasing in a museum.
What motivates you to express yourself in this style?
My motivation to express myself in this way stems from the need to leave a piece of my soul behind for the next generation.
What is your favorite media to use?
My favorite media is oil paint because I feel like I can manipulate it to do exactly what I want.
When did you create your very first work of art?
I created my first work of art in kindergarten.
What was your experience with this piece?
I remember having some trouble with it because I was drawing on a white piece of fabric with marker, but in the end I thought it turned out great and my Dad loved it. It was a gift for him. He still has it proudly displayed at home.
How often do you create a new piece of art?
I go through phases where I paint two or three pieces a month, then I go through serious artist block sometimes where I’ll go months without painting anything. It really just depends on my mood, and my surroundings.
In your point of view what is your biggest struggle developing new work?
My biggest struggle in developing new work is when I am told to paint something. I can’t have someone tell me to paint something specific for them because my creativity immediately shuts down. I have to paint from within myself, it has to be something I am really emotionally attached to, if not then the piece ends up looking cold and forced.
How do you imagine you would react if this freedom was taken away?
Not quite sure what freedom this question is referring to, I’ll assume you mean how I would feel if the freedom to artistically express myself was taken away. I would find a way to express myself and not tolerate being silenced. There would be a revolution.
Why did you choose to display your work for Viva La Muxer, a benefit for Las Fotos Project?
I chose to display my work because I want to get my name out there and be an inspiration for the new generation of young women in my family, we were born to make waves. I hope that my journey will evoke a spark in someone so they can find confidence in themselves and break away from any self-doubt.
Can you relate to Eric V. Ibarra’s (founder of Las Fotos Project) passion for teaching the arts, specifically photography, to young girls?
Having my work displayed at Viva La Muxer is such an honor. I feel like this is the beginning of greater things to come. I know that this event will help empower young female artists to hone their craft, and let nothing hold them back from achieving their dreams.
How do you feel about Viva Las Muxer and Las Fotos Project in general?
I think Viva La Muxer and Las Fotos Project are amazing! There is a need for more programs like these, and I am so happy that I can support the growth of a worthy project.
Who/what are your major influences to continue producing art?
My sister Elizabeth is a major influence in my artistic life. She has always encouraged me to better myself, and gently pushed me to further my artistic carrier. I don’t know what kind of artist, or person for that matter, I would be without her.
What has been your significant struggle as a female artist?
To be completely honest, my gender hasn’t ever been an issue in my artistic carrier. I have been blessed to be surrounded by fellow artists, and mentors who saw only my talent, and respected my work.