Spirit Desert was created by Valentina Ramos, a graphic designer living in Miami, FL.After many years working as a graphic designer, Valentina Ramos started to create other arts and crafts. From these creations, Valentina Design was born: her world of fantasies and dreams; where her uplifting drawings and designs took shape. In her Miami studio,the Venezuelan artist spends countless hours happily playing with her paints and her rapidograph pens. She enjoys working with different materials, but black ink is one of the mediums you will always find in her original prints, paintings and drawings. Her love for artworks with intricate details are the signature element of her drawing style.
Q & A WITH VALENTINA RAMOS
What was your inspiration for the artwork you created for Sakroots?
When creating Spirit Desert, I was influenced by the Southwest. I've incorporated elements of both Tribal Americana themes and the Aztec themes. This combination gives Spirit Desert the feeling of vibrancy and aliveness. The Southwest native tribes are known for creating art that is intricate and beautiful and is able to withstand the test of time.
What inspires your art in general?
I like to think that my art is a mixture of feelings and thoughts that are expressed in the images that I create. I like to include many small details within my work so that when people look at it they see something a little different each time. While making sure to include the fine details, I also work to make sure they all come together to form one uniformed idea. I believe that through the use of different mediums and vibrant colors, my art works to come to life and to spread a positive aura around it. That positive feeling that you can get will help your body become stronger both mentally and physically. I want to create a place that you can go in your mind through the art that I create.
Was being an artist your childhood dream?
Like most children, drawing and creating works of art was fun. I loved that my parents would display my artwork at home and at their place of work. It made me feel very proud as a toddler to do this for my family. At that age, art was just something that was fun to do, but I dreamed of being a teacher like many other children.By the time I reached middle school, I had become more practical. I was going to be a lawyer. Like every other kid that is growing up, the ideas of what I wanted to do as an adult changed many times. I ended up and returning to my roots as a young child and applying for art school. But my father convinced me to try a more practical career choice as an accountant. That lasted a year and during that time I was finally convinced that studying graphic design could be a rewarding career that I would enjoy and that would be able to support me.
When creating your artwork, do you have a process?
I think that is what I love most about the career path that I am following. I am in control of how I do my work and what I am able to create. I do have a list of clients that have given me their requirements and their wishes for the work that I do, but how I get to that point is up to me. My projects have deadlines, of course, that must be met, but that does not mean that I have to do a specific amount each and every day. I am able to let my creativity work at its own pace. The one thing that I do require is that I do something every day. I may not complete a whole project in one day. I may run into instances where I hit a creative wall and cannot think of anything new. I do not let those times stop me. Instead I use the time when I can think of nothing to go back to my childhood roots of art and pull out a pen and paper and draw something. It does not have to be anything important. I may just do some doodling, but that will usually get the creative juices flowing again and I can continue to do the work that my clients want. Some of the doodling that I do during these times ends up being the work that I like the most.
How and when did you begin as a professional artist?
Once I stared the graphic design program, my career in art began. Up until 2009, I used the skills that I learned as a graphic design major to work as a designer for a graphic and web design company. While I was working, I also created works of art for my friends and family. It was there positive feedback about the work that I created that helped me decide that maybe someone out there would pay me for the art that I was able to create. I started to sell my paintings in 2007 and it did not take long before I was able to work as an artist full time. I will always be amazed that people give me money for something that I love to do and that is just a natural extension of who I am.
What would you be doing if you weren't creating art?
I believe that no matter what art would be a part of my life. I love the creative process that is involved in creating art and would have find another way to do something that allowed me to use that creativity. I have though about becoming an art therapist who helps people that are struggling by using the positive effects of art or choosing another form of art like cooking. I think most people are influenced by art at their job if they really think about it.
What is the most interesting thing about you that most people do not know?
I am a sports fanatic. I love soccer which I am so happy is gaining in popularity where I live in Miami. My favorite soccer team is Italy. I love watching the World Cup and often find myself cheering for them instead of working like I should. Since I don’t get to watch as much soccer as I like, I have grown fond of watching American Football (GO GIANTS!!!) and golf. Like my artwork, I find that sports can be an escape from the day to day life that many people get stuck in and I also can use it to help give me some inspiration for my work. The positive feelings you get from watching sports are often reflected in the art. While sports are fun, the thing I am most proud of is making it to the United States with $200 in my pocket, no ability to speak the English language and a mindful of dreams that are all coming true.
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