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Art & Life with Bertha Jimenez

Bertha, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I was born in Michoacán Mexico and raised in Los Angeles. From a very young age, I was always creating unique things and love to draw with chalk.  I had to stretch my imagination far as tools and materials were far out my reach.  Inspiration has always flown to me naturally. Most of my inspiration comes from the beauty of my Mexican roots.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I enjoy painting a variety of things. I love to paint on canvas, furniture, gowns along with matching accessories.  But my art of choice is creating one of a kind Dia de Los Muertos face painting and headdresses. I never use stencils and hand paint every designs to fit and contour each client’s needs.

I am a self-taught artist and I now have the opportunity to teach. I have taught many great artists along the way and hope to continue inspiring others.

Most importantly, I want to share that Dia de Los Muertos is a solemn yet joyful celebration observed with respect.  That is one of the reason I strive to keep my art work traditional with a hint of my special touch.   I like to stay original and don’t follow trends.

Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
As a profession you need to have more than your work to get around in the world of art.  I highly recommend that you hold on to a steady job and build a solid foundation with your art before making your passion a full time job.  I try my best to help new artist when they take private lessons from me. I ask that no materials be purchased beforehand. Many times I find that students purchase a lot more than what is actually needed. This will reduce expenses right from the start.

In my case, I provide all the materials and gives the student an opportunity to try different brushes and paints and only purchase what is necessary.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My work can be viewed in major commercials, Fall out boy videos and performances.  I participate in several events and art shows across the Southland area.  One of my major events is Hollywood forever “Dia de los Muertos”.   I’ve been a  vendor there for the last 10 years.  The month of October and November are normally my busy season.  Also you can support and visit my booth at City of Paramount “La Muerte Preciosa” and Santa Ana “Noche de Altares”.

I also take private appointments in my small studio located in Montebello, CA.

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Gus Mejia

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