Today we’d like to introduce you to Rebecca Youssef.
Rebecca is a Los Angeles-based artist and arborist in-training. Rebecca grew up on Oahu’s North Shore and returns to Hawaii as often as possible. In 1991, Rebecca moved to the desert to attend the University of Arizona in Tucson. In addition to earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting, ceramics and art history, she fell in love with the Sonoran Desert and took advantage of all it had to offer.
She happily traded in the vivid technicolor palette of her youth for soft pastels and muted earth tones. However, upon graduation, she knew she had to once again live by the ocean. In 1996, Rebecca moved to Venice Beach, California, to get her master’s degree in Art Education at Loyola Marymount University. She has lived in Southern California ever since.
Whether it’s Rebecca’s work to restore native trees to the Santa Monica Mountains or hikes with her family, her work reflects the palette of all her outdoor adventures. For Rebecca, there is no greater muse or creative fuel than the restorative power of nature.
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?
The biggest challenge I’m faced at this point in my career is making time for my art practice. Gone are the days of when I was in art school and could be in the studio for twelve hours straight! I absolutely love being in my studio, but life can get in the way. I’ve become very methodical with my schedule to carve out time for creating art.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
I work mainly with acrylic and watercolor paints. For a long time, I worked primarily on paper, but have recently moved back to the canvas. I love to collaborate with clients on commissioned pieces.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
When I was looking to move to Los Angeles after college I couldn’t find a decent place that I could afford. I lucked out and found a guesthouse in Venice through a family friend.
At first, I felt isolated and withdrawn from the happening Hollywood nightlife, but soon discovered the rich arts scene that made Venice famous in the first place. Moving to Venice has been one of the best life and career decisions I ever made.
- Address: 3026 Airport Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90405
- Website: www.rebeccayoussef.com
- Phone: 310.367.0506
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @rebecca.youssef.art
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