We had the good fortune of connecting with Angela Fabbri and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angela, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
There are a few notable experiences that all combined lead me to starting my own business. I’ve always been drawn to the arts. The first time I remember feeling the joy of creating was when I was 4, and I was running through my parent’s garden in California with my mom’s polaroid camera. I loved the freedom I felt. That freedom is what kept me creating. I discovered my passion for painting in high school and fell in love with this bubble it put me in. I felt a level of joy that was like none other. I sold my first painting at 16 to my boss at the deli I worked at. He overheard me talking about something I was painting at the time and asked if I could paint a portrait of his son. My first commission, and I was addicted! I couldn’t believe someone wanted to pay me for what I loved to do. Validation. Freedom, passion, and validation were most of what I needed to take the leap. The last piece of the puzzle was fear. Seems odd, I know, but yes, fear. The fear of not ever knowing what could be possible if I gave it 110%. I didn’t want to be 90 years old and look back on my life and wonder why I never REALLY tried. So, in 2017 I took the leap and never looked back. Life is short and I love being in control of my time.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a contemporary artist with an addiction to color. I paint with acrylics using rich texture in my abstract works and refined detail and typography in my realism. My favorite element in my work is honesty. There’s a story behind every painting. Collectively they’re like a 2D journal. A common theme throughout my work is time and appreciating it’s value. In life most of us are running from A to B so focused on getting to work on time or getting through the grocery store as quickly as possible that we don’t see and appreciate the trees we drive by or the people shopping next to us. My abstract series, Ripple In Time, was created to remind us to slow down. These paintings are usually monochromatic and rich in texture that pulls away from the surface creating ripples flowing up and down or left to right. Many would see these monochromatic paintings and just think “cool blue painting” and move on, but if you stop and really look to see what’s in front of you you’ll see that there is variance in the texture and it’s gritty with a matte finish and the deep ripples cast shadows when the light hits them. So much more than just a color. My contemporary realism series, Inversion, plays with you in a similar way. Each one of these paintings has a main subject and it’s own story of inspiration but every one has a unique message repeated in the background that is written backwards. If the message was written forwards, then it would be easy to read quickly. By writing it backwards, the painting draws you in and forces you to turn on a few extra switches to read what it says. Forcing you to be 100% present in that moment.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am such a fan of Houston. We have so many incredible restaurants, so much culture, art, and entertainment. I have several favorite food spots. I’m addicted to Uchi. Some of the most creative, fresh sushi out there. Order the old hotate. It’s off menu and is one of my favorite single bites of food I’ve ever had. I couldn’t live without tex-mex and El Tiempo and I have had a romance since 2009. The BEST margaritas. Postino Montrose, Doris Metropolitan, BCN, Love Buzz Pizza, and Rodeo Goat are some other favs. On a sunny day I love the Bayou trails near Eleanor Tinsley Park or picnicing at Menil Park. Another must is the MFAH. It’s such an inspiring place. We’re so lucky to have such incredible exhibits available on a regular basis.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would not be who I am or where I am without the love and support from my family and friends. I will forever be grateful.
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