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Meet Abraham Jaramillo of DSTL Arts in East LA

Today we’d like to introduce you to Abraham Jaramillo.

Abraham, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My love for the visual arts began back when I created small sketch galleries for my grandmother when I was around eight years old and had study art ever since. I had always been in the pursuit of the visual arts, learning, from pencil, charcoal, ink, acrylic, oil, to the digital, graphic design, entertainment design, a little bit of animation, and later, found a passion for photography that still persists. I had also found love in history and science, and I had volunteered for around seven years at the labrea tar pits museum and excavation. After, I decided to move on, I was in search of putting to use the art skills that I had collected throughout the years, there I found Luis Antonio Pichardo who, after learning of his DSTLARTS organization and his mission to help communities have access to learn art skills and ways to find a leaving doing so, I offer my help as a volunteer. I have been helping his program for some years already and in the process connecting with the art of writing. Nowadays, I’m a proud teaching artist for DSTLARTS.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I believe there are no easy roads in life, and I had my challenges in life, the old story of an immigrant who had to adjust to a new country and its ways, the personal problems who grind us all, and the limitations of oneself, but if there is a skill that I possess and it has got me where I am is, “stubbornness,” the kind that finds you up, pedaling an old rusty and noisy bicycle back from work and listening to a audio book on “The Art of speech,” and still pedal on, because there is a destination ahead.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with DSTL Arts  – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I think one of the previews questions has a huge part of this answer, so I’ll just make a list of my current occupations, Volunteer, Teaching Artist, Gardener and Handyman at times, Photographer, and currently writing a book. And the thing that sets me apart from others, “the fact that I try to be myself,” and I consider art as an essential part of humanity.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I plan to travel and have as many experiences as life can give me, and I intend to use them as gunpowder to lunch my art out whether it is in the form of, painting, photography, writing or teaching.

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Image Credit:

Ángel Yefté Solis, me sketching in museum, Luis Antonio Pichardo, me teaching, Casso, me in the snow, Jime Sechinbaatar, me photographing in the desert, NoT Enogh Botes & Desert Spirit Giver & 0002 multiple me painting, are my photos

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