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Meet Chloe Pombo

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chloe Pombo.

Chloe, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I have always loved art since a young age. Being able to create something with my own two hands for others to enjoy always appealed to me. Creating this business happened organically and as more of a “why not’ decision encouraged by my boyfriend Chad. I started painting again last October and it eventually took over our studio in San Luis Obispo which in turn became my art studio.

By studio, I mean our tiny but cozy home, and by art studio, I mean our coffee table with a paint trough over it. Chad then began to push getting my art out there, out of our studio, and into people’s homes. It’s a vulnerable thing putting something so personal that you’ve worked hard on out into the world for people to see. I began showing and selling my art at Makeshift Makers Market events in San Luis Obispo which inspired me to take my art online and into local stores. Since recently moving to San Diego, I now have a shed turned art studio looking into our beautiful green backyard. Not only with more room to work, but with the capability to get paint all over everything and for all who know me, that’s a given.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’m not sure that any artist would say it’s been a smooth road. Life’s struggles get in the way of being motivated and creative. However, I think that some of the greatest ideas and experiences follow some of the most challenging times and that’s how it was for me. I think a lot of artists struggle especially in the beginning. Getting my technique down and into the right flow of things was frustrating, it took a lot of time, patience, and “mess ups”. For a creative perfectionist like me, abstract art has allowed me to let go and allow the piece to go its own way without having too much control on the outcome. I have carried this over into my daily life as well and have found that art has had a major role in rewiring my brain this past year. Art is a lot like life, it’s a process, it gets messy, nothing is perfect, and yet it’s beautiful.

Please tell us more about your art.
Most of my current work is abstract from canvases to hand-painted serving trays, coaster sets, cutting boards, and charcuterie boards. My rekindled love affair with painting began with large fluid art pieces and transitioned to functional art you’d often find in someone’s kitchen. I mainly use acrylic pour techniques to achieve my style and finish all my pieces by coating them in epoxy resin. Due to the various acrylic pour methods I use, each piece is entirely unique. I am fascinated with colors especially those derived by nature. A look into my studio or a scroll through my Instagram and you will easily guess my favorite color. In many of my pieces you will see a recurring color theme representing those of the ocean or rock patterns. I have always been drawn to the earth, something I get from my mom, and find myself drawn to natural beauty in all aspects of my life. I think art and nature are naturally intertwined but have found it can sometimes be a wasteful process and I am always looking for ways to make it more sustainable. This long-time love for the environment not only transpires in my artwork but lead me to a degree in Environmental Science. I often get asked whether or not I want to pursue a career in environmental science, or if I would consider making art a full-time gig. My answer is always both! I want to do both.

I’m sure other artists and creatives can relate but sometimes I get so excited about so many different ideas that it is hard to pick which one to start next! I have a lot of ideas for the future and how I want Chloe Pombo Art to evolve. With these new ideas my pieces will change and my style will grow but you will always find me dancing between abstract mediums.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite memory from childhood would have to be going to the beach and the boardwalk with my family. We lived about 30 minutes from Santa Cruz growing up and it still remains one of my favorite places to visit. There is just something about being in that town and with my family that makes me feel at peace.

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Ali Hanley

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