We had the good fortune of connecting with Monserrat Gomez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Monserrat, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My high school art teacher at that time asked all of her art students to create a Weebly account to blog, showcase your art work, etc. Originally this website started as a school assignment, but as time goes on, I started to add more artwork. I created and improved in my art during my senior year of high school. Once I felt confident enough I started to enter in art contests and participated in an art auction. By the way, I sold an oil pastel artwork in that action back 2012. Even though I didn’t major in art during my college years, but I continue to work on the skill. It’s really after college I started to sell more of my art pieces. Its more around 2019 in my current job my coworkers saw my talent and requested me to paint something for them. That’s when my online business started to pick up. I started to add more of my artwork. That’s how my business was founded. Once a hobby became a source of income.

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 graduated with a BS Environmental Science at the University of St. Thomas (Houston) in 2016. I am currently working for a government agency regarding Environmental Compliance. I run an online business that showcases my art and probably make a profit out of it. I specialize in painting still-life and landscapes in acrylic paints. Although acrylic paints are my strength but always open to trying new art mediums, sometimes it takes time for your business to shine. Patience is the key to success. For me, even being recognized for my art is stepping in the right direction. No, this journey was not smooth. I have to practice at my skill, and selling your art is not an easy task. Not everyone is interested in art or just not interested in particularly “your art.” Everyone has a different taste in art. Those people challenged and motivated me to try new art themes and mediums. I love to paint landscapes and still-life, but if someone requests me to do a self-portrait I will do it !! Even painting people and animals are not strong, but by taking on these assignments, I learned and grew as an artist. Currently, I am trying to create more artwork relating to my Mexican heritage. I think it’s important to embrace the culture. As an artist, I think it’s great you have your art theme but never forget where you are coming from.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There’s a lot of interesting places to go in Houston.The best thing about our city is the diversity of restaurants. Sometimes the best restaurants are those family-owned or small businesses restaurants those are the hidden gems. I can tell you the best places to eat and have fun in areas of Houston. Spring branch/Memorial area -Memorial city mall -Moreliana Natural Ice Cream -Cambrian Coffee -City Center- Houston Escape Room, Bowl& Barrel, and General Public room Greater Heights Gooddog Antidote coffee Vida Antigua 19th Street- Tea Sip; Torchy Tacos; the heights theater; Jenni’s Splendid Ice cream; and there are shops in that area you can go. Washington ave/Rice military Henderson and Kane General Store (BBQ) Art car museum Sticky’s Chicken Catalina’s Coffee Eado Coral sword Bohemeo’s El Jardin 8th wonder brewery Eighty-two (arcade) The secret group (bar) Downtown/midtown/montrose Houston Aquarium Breakfast Klub Minute Maid park Discovery green Toyota center Menil collection The hobbit cafe The honey art cafe Museum district Czech Center Museum Houston The museum of Fine arts Houston Houston Museum of natural science Herman park Holocaust museum Lucille’s (Modern American) Houston Zoo Other areas outside of Houston area Old town spring (Spring, Texas)- Ma&Pa Kettle Store; Puffabelly’s old depot (traditional American); Little Dutch Girl (candy); and Corkscrew BBQ. There are also other shops in that area.

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?
My high school art teacher, Newspring Art Studio, family, friends, co-workers, strangers, Frida Kahlo, and the Houston art community. Without these people, I would not be the person I will be today.

Website: https://monserratgomezart.weebly.com/

Instagram: @naturegalmeetsart

Other: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Monserratsart/

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