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Meet Rocio Venegas

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rocio Venegas.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I had a passion for creating artwork ever since I was young. I started studying studio arts, photography and graphic design in college. I chose to dive deeper into graphic design and graduated in the fall of 2013. I began to become interested in social causes like how to aid homelessness, anti-human trafficking or daily struggles that women face. Along my journey with art, I began to express my thoughts on journals. This included quotes, scriptures, and people. Things that brought inspiration and an outlet when I needed to release my mind onto paper. I realized there was a deficit of encouragement. Whenever I would turn on the news or social media I would be bombarded with negativity. I then began to create a personal Instagram full of my doodles and artwork. One of my close friends began to tell me how much my artwork encouraged her. She proposed an idea that would change the next 2 years. That I create an art shop. I never had experience in business or starting something like this. But I did know that I wanted to spread inspiration and positivity to other people, especially women. In March of 2016 I began “Renewed Daily” which was inspired by a scripture that says “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:16. I want to spread this HOPE that you can choose to have a new mindset daily. You can choose positive words and images that not only inspire you but others. My artwork is a mixture of watercolor, calligraphy, and illustrations that are inspired by themes of nature, hope, joy and love. My moto is “inspire, encourage and live” Be inspired, Encourage others, and Live out the words and messages displayed.

What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
There have been many more opportunities for artists. But the market is saturated with creatives. To be set apart, artists can do what they love, not just doing things for profit, but doing things that make you feel excited or inspired. I think cities can host more exhibits promoting local art, partnering with restaurants, shops, involving the community as a whole can help educate people. I believe art has the ability to bring freedom to many people!

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
On https://www.etsy.com/shop/Reneweddaily , at Creative Crossroads in Hillcrest, a local art shop, At Fiji Yogurt in Hillcrest as well.

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