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Susan Gomez has recently regained her self-confidence.
The Albuquerque-based artist participated in his first art market since the start of the pandemic.
It was refreshing to do something new and she felt the buzz of people stop at her booth.
âI took an art walk in the winter of 2019, then the pandemic hit,â she says. âI was excited to start, then it all stopped. Doing this past art market has lifted me up as an artist. I have sold three originals and it looks like things are changing.
Gomez is preparing to do the upcoming First Friday, ABQ Artwalk in downtown Albuquerque on July 9.
Gomez was born in Los Lunas, where she became intrigued by art, although her love for the medium began in elementary school, where she won art competitions.
âI would make cards,â she said. âI have always drawn or painted. I would lie down on my bookcase and draw. I was always doing something creative.
In 2016, she started taking art seriously after retiring from her day job in 2015.
âIt was a soul draw,â she says. âOnce I retired, I was able to focus more on art and creation. Many of my works are born from the need to want to create more. I started my makeup business and of course that was shut down with the pandemic as well. “
Without an art market or makeup for almost a year, Gomez turned to commissioned pieces – animal portraits in particular.
Over the months, she was able to take care of animal portraits and decided to challenge herself in digital art.
That’s why Gomez’s inspiration comes from anywhere – bright and vibrant to fun and fantasy.
âI work in several mediums. Acrylic, gouache, watercolor, India ink, charcoal and, more recently, pastel, âshe says. âI don’t think an artist should limit himself to one medium or one style. It helps you as an artist to explore different things.
Gomez also sells her art through Etsy.com and Facebook by researching Susan Gomez Art.
As Gomez picks up the pace of things, like the art markets, here are a few things you didn’t know about her:
1 âI have had a makeup business for over 10 years. I paint at parties and corporate events. I specialize in D Ã a de Los Muertos face paints as they are my absolute favorites as they are the symbol of a lost life, and there is so much beauty in creating this for someone.
2 âI am an avid cyclist. Something I started to do during the pandemic. I like to explore the city by bicycle. It’s fun and I feel like a kid again!
3 âI’m a huge ‘Star Trek’ fan. I love morality tales and relatable characters in shows, movies, and books. It gives me hope that humanity CAN take care of each other and put differences aside for the greater good. I even have a tattoo that says ‘Live Long and Prosper’ in Vulcan script!
4 âI volunteer for Meals on Wheels. I did this when I was a kid with my aunt and wanted to carry on the âlegacyâ. It is important that we take care of those who are struggling and who just need a helping hand. For me, a good meal is love.
5 âI am learning to play the cello. I’m only at the beginning, but I CAN play ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star!’ At least that’s a start.