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Daily Inspiration: Meet Elisa Gomez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Elisa Gomez.  

Hi Elisa, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today.
I have always leaned towards art and creating things ever since I was a kid. In college, I tried to take more traditional routes to a profession but found myself extremely unhappy and unsatisfied with the different areas of focus and finally decided to make the leap to focusing on art. I switched schools and came back to Utah, where I got my BFA in painting at the University of Utah. That program taught me more than just proper painting skills, but also how to approach this as a real profession and how to work hard at it. I have been painting and exhibiting my work ever since, and chasing this dream I now get to live in, working hard, finding clients, trying out new projects, and enhancing my skills every day. A few years ago, I started diving into mural work alongside my traditional practice and am really enjoying that in addition to my fine art paintings. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road is never always smooth, but I have an incredible support system and have never lost sight of what I know I can and want to do professionally. People in the past haven’t always valued the history and work that goes into making art beyond what they see, and that was a challenge, but I have found that not all people are meant to be clients, and the ones that do value the work come happily and excited. Being self-employed in any area is a roller coaster, but as I have been taught, money comes and goes, and the journey is the important part. 

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I don’t know if I specialize in anything because I am always growing and changing as an artist, learning new skills, growing out of old practices, and embracing new ones. The mural work I have been doing is primarily geometric abstract concepts, and those are fairly recognizable. I also do a lot of abstracting floral/nature scapes. One thing I am always known for is bright vibrant colors no matter the subject. As an abstract artists, I think we all set ourselves apart from the other; you can’t replicate an emotive gesture on canvas or a specific drip falling. My work is abstract expressionist, meaning the piece starts out and turns into whatever happens through the building of gestures and layers of unplanned marks. It is in the moment, and that is my favorite part. 

Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
Don’t be afraid to reach out to people you admire or find inspiring. Artists can be so helpful if you just ask! I have had many mentors along the way, each teaching me something different and incredibly important. People can offer help in unexpected ways, so do the jobs, go to the parties and shows, and just meet new people! 

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Mikaela Antonelli Photography

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