Isabel Perez Salazar

The Coral Springs artist sheds light on the creative process and how her home country, Venezuela, inspires her work

  • Coming from a house where everyone is an attorney or doctor, I always ask myself, “Why did I decide art?” Since I was little, I had the hands and the mind to create.
  • I always want to learn new techniques and new styles. Artists have their own style, but new techniques help you create your idea.
  • I use a lot of recycled materials. In Venezuela, you don’t have the art stores you can find here in the United States. You sometimes create your materials. So you learn how to re-create your canvas, the frames, play with all the materials that you have in your hands.
  • Sometimes the artist [doesn’t] look at things the way that other people do. For example, you see a material in the street. It’s like, “Wow, I’m going to do this new project! I’m going to transform this element.” If other people see that, it’s like, “Oh, this is garbage.”
  • Sometimes I dream of my artworks. And with a lot of colors. I grew up in a country where color is everywhere.
  • I’m inspired by nature. Since I was little, I remember climbing the trees and spending a lot of time outdoors.
  • I love this city. If I go out, in five minutes I’m in the Everglades; sometimes I go and take pictures of the sunset. I try to go to different parts [of the Everglades]. That’s going to be one of my future projects—[make something inspired by] all the parks in the United States.
  • I don’t have problems with the creative process. I have a lot of imagination. I have problems with time—I want the days to be longer.
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