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Art & Life with Gina Beca

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gina Beca.

Gina, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Growing up in the loveliness of the Sonoran Desert and its robust, unforgiving environment has instilled a comfort and curiosity to both desert Fauna and Flora. As a child, I was surrounded by a desert landscape with vast terrain to explore. I would fill my bag with water and snacks with plans to spend the morning excavating the uncharted territory of the wash, just down the hill from our backyard. I would spend hours sifting through the monsoon distressed sand with magnets, collecting iron ore and sand rubies.

Carefully scale through a forest of prickly pear and jumping cholla cactus to collect devil’s claws and saguaro cactus boots. Every once in a while, I would hear the familiar grunt of a Javelina as I got too close to their den– which would quickly send me dashing back up the hill with my treasures! Finally reaching the top of the slippery hill to see my mother inches under the caliche soil pulling weeds and re-earthing golden barrels in her cactus garden, with her steamy gloves and sweaty brow. Picking burs out of my shoelaces, smelling the creosote during a powerful rain, hearing the screaming cicadas in the Mesquite trees above my head, stopping in my tracks as I admire the vast sunset behind the Tucson mountains -these images and feelings are a part of my soul, although I can only capture glimpses of them within my artwork, each and every piece tells a part of my existence.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I create work in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional mediums. I work in watercolor, micron pens, acrylic metallics and organic stains. I enjoy the contrasting variations of mediums on cotton watercolor paper. Along with selling my original pieces, I offer my artwork in other mediums such as giclée prints, stickers, temporary tattoos, postcards and greeting cards. In addition to my paintings and illustrations, I also love making ceramics. Most of my work is created with terra cotta stoneware and earthenware.

I make and sell Hamsa hand smudge plates (used to burn sage, Palo Santo, or incense, etc.), Saguaro ring holders and cow skull planters that I fill with succulents grown in my cactus house in my backyard. I have recently ventured into printmaking. Where I transfer my illustrations and watercolor paintings and silk-screen onto a variety of canvas tote bags, t-shirts, handkerchiefs and tea towels.

I am inspired by the peculiarities of both Fauna and Flora and my relationship with nature in the Sonoran Desert. I study the female form, the connection between all of these organics; my body, the plants, the animals. The desert is a strong and powerful woman with both wrath and sweet nourishment, a sanctuary for human spirit. With this in mind, I began a study of the different types of cactus and critters local to me and what they need to survive -what do they need from everything that surrounds them in order to flourish. I give them an anthropomorphic form that embodies a female; resilient and mighty. We should look at our body and recognize it as a good friend. Say out loud “shame does not live here- strength lives here” and give ourselves permission to shine in our successes.

How do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
I feel successful as an artist when I dedicate time to my art. When I can create something that I envision in my mind. Satisfaction comes when I am determined to complete my work and brave enough to share. I feel complete when I stay true to my vision and enjoy the journey!

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Although I have been creating for many years, my business began over the last year and a half. The easiest way to check out and purchase my most current work is on Instagram Instagram.com/ginabeca. Find me on Facebook: Gina Beca Desert Fauna Art.

Or on my website: www.ginabeca.com I’m very excited to launch my ETSY shop this week, where I will offer a variety of my original and printed works! I have been fortunate to be able to show my work in galleries such as the YWCA, tattoo shops, breweries, markets, artist collectives, and coffee shops here in town.

Aside from purchasing directly from me, you can also find my work in a few local boutiques: Pop Cycle, The Ninth house, and Bloom Maven. I am overjoyed to have my artwork printed on the beer cans of my favorite local brewery Crooked Tooth! I’ve been so fortunate to have these opportunities to sell my work and I love doing commissions for different areas around the US and international clients.

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