We had the good fortune of connecting with Amanda Garcia and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amanda, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I decided to persue a career as a visual artist because i came to realise that i couldn’t keep my sanity without creating things.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I believe that the only way i got to where i am now was by accepting that i am a creative creature, and no longer letting fear suppress me. I don’t feel that it was easy to over come it. I had very little exposure to art growing up, therefore i believed that a career as an artist was impractical and unrealistic. It took a mental breakdown and a reflection on the life i was forcing myself to endure to realize that i wasn’t wired to live like that. A lesson i learned along the way, was that no one is seeing and feeling the same world that you are seeing and feeling. Don’t be afraid to show them what it is that you’re experiencing.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take them down to litte china town in Houston to eat at the local restaurants there. I would take them down to the Montrose area to roam the antique shops and art galleries in the area.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
A book i would like to shout out is one by Franz Kafka titled The metamorphosis. The story line and theme of this book has inspired some of my favorite pieces that I’ve created. My top mentor that deserves recognition is Ernesto Marenco, for taking me on as a mentee and helping me pave my way towards my artistic career.