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in Goodland, FL. I have my artwork on my Facebook page www.facebook.com/esaurodriguezart. Q: What is your favorite painting? A: The tiger (see photo) is very positive in my eyes. I did this painting during the time that my brother was diagnosed with cancer. It was a very hard thing to grasp and art helped me cope. When I painted this tiger, it was a portrait of him that showed his strength, endurance, and perseverance. That’s the true perspective of art; people see it as their own. Even if I told them the meaning, it can be interpreted in so many different ways. I like to speak through them and art is meaningless without passion. By Tori Hanifin ESTATES LOCAL������������������������������������������������ EL: When did you first know that you were passionate about art? A: When I began painting at the age of 17, I found an outlet that was energizing, motivational and addictive. I decided to keep going with it and grew to love it. I couldn’t stop thinking about it and that’s when I knew I wanted this to be my career. I never have to explain my art, my art speaks for itself. Q: What is a day in the life of an artist like? A: Imagine looking at colors every single day. You not only notice colors, but see things in abstract. I see things hyper-realistically. I can feel emotions from looking at certain colors. I see the world in different shades. It makes life more exciting. The most important thing to remember when you’re painting is always having a comfortable place to sit. So, I have a chair that is super comfortable where I don’t feel any stress. I organize my paint brushes and remember that each one is like a friend. I have to trust the paint brush. If you treat it badly, it will betray you. If you treat it well, it will be with you for a lifetime. I like to have sound in the background because silence prohibits my creativity. When I’m not working on my paintings, I’m creating masterpieces in the kitchen at Audubon Country Club in North Naples. Cooking is easier when you have an appreciation for art. You are able to present your work and I can feel the passion while I’m cooking. It’s like I’m creating something and that is fulfilling to me. Q: When was your artwork first recognized? A: I was featured in Pulse magazine during 2013 as most versatile when it comes to styles because I can switch from modern to fantasy and portrait. A couple of paintings can be found at the Little Bar restaurant 21


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