Today we’d like to introduce you to Cecilia Bencomo.
Cecilia, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was a graphic designer for 20 years before I became a mom of triplets. Because of the demands of motherhood, I decided to stop working. I started building things out of necessity. Most stores aren’t accommodating for multiples. I quickly realized how much I enjoyed building furniture. Because they were for my family, I was able to get creative. I admit some of my designs were complete failures, but I enjoyed exploring and designing furniture.
When my husband retired from the Navy last year, we moved back to our home in Chula Vista, CA. I wanted to get back to woodworking, but I wasn’t sure if I should continue building furniture. I was inspired by a fellow woodworker who explored power carving. So I went and bought me an angle grinder and an inexpensive carving disc and went for it. I quickly realized that I loved it. It was powerful and exciting. I loved that I can be creative. This is where I am today. I have found what I love to do and hopefully, I can continue doing until my body tells me otherwise.
Ten years ago, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Fortunately for me, the disease hasn’t progressed. I strongly believe that woodworking and the constant use of my hands have contributed to my remission. I will continue to carve and build until I just can’t anymore.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My passion is to design and power carve wood. I carve wood art, bowls, sculptures and jewelry. I love to create designs from wood that look like something other than wood.
Power carving is different from traditional wood carving. I use power tools instead of knives. My bowls are not traditionally turned on a lathe or carved by a knife. I use an angle or die grinder to shape and gouge my bowls. My signature looks are waves or curves that incorporate in all my pieces.
What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
I would tell others to never give up and always respect what you do. And to always ask questions, keep learning and never stop believing in yourself. Don’t live in a “what if” world. Failure is expected, but it’s only part of your story of success.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My work is usually displayed on my Instagram or Facebook page (@theshop_woodworkanddesign). Now that I am settled, I hope to open an Etsy store and participate in Art shows.
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @theshop_woodworkanddesign
- Facebook: @theshopbycecilia