Artist: Stephanie Bernal
Art Submission(s): Paint and sealant on wood, “Judo Chop”
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Lover of animals and creation, Stephanie Bernal hones her artistic talents by pulling from the things in life that bring her joy, such as her pets.
We are excited to share one of Stephanie’s painted woodworks as a part of this year’s showcase, and to spotlight her experience and insights as an artist.
We’ll start with describing your creative work/practice: What tools do you use? Do you have a routine?
A wood router, paint and sealant.
What does your work aim to say? Why do you create?
I like nautical work, I love animals and things that don’t look real life.
Who/What are your biggest influences? Who/what inspires you?
Animals and my own pets, it is nice to make artwork about my pets and it is a nice memory to keep in case there is ever a time that I would have to continue in life without them.
How have you developed your practice? What challenges and opportunities have you come across? How has your practice changed over time?
Challenges: having kids.
What are you most proud of? Why?
The work that I do in the world and the person that I have become.
What is your dream project?
A dream house.
“The most important thing is that you are happy.”
How do you share your creative practice and with whom?
I share my art work in my office and my home and it makes for great conversations.
Has living at Foundation Communities impacted your practice? If so, how?
Working at foundation communities* It helps to be surrounded by creative people who like to show off their art work.
What delights you? What brings you joy?
Seeing my family and pets and getting comfy at the end of the day
What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
The most important thing is that you are happy.
What piece of advice would you like to give?
Do things that bring you joy.
“It helps to be surrounded by creative people who like to show off their art work.”
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? What’s the last thing you do before going to bed?
Tell my family that i love them. And pet my dogs.