Can you tell us a little bit about what you do?
I am a freelance hair and makeup artist. In my spare time I do paintings on canvas or sketch in my sketchbook.
How did you first become interested in art?
I think I have always been drawn to the art culture. I have been drawing since I was little. My mom kept some of the drawings I made when I was younger. She enrolled me in art classes at a young age and I have just been drawing, sketching and painting ever since.
How does art enrich a community, and what are some ways people can engage with art in Burbank?
Art lets us express ourselves as artists. We are able to share our creativity and our story to the communities in which we live. It brings people together and can create a sense of belonging within the community. I think people can engage with art in Burbank by following organizations like Burbank for Armenia, which recently launched its biggest art project around the theme “Armenian Roots,” and I am so honored that I was the artist behind the first Armenian themed mural in Burbank. People can also engage with Burbank Arts through the Burbank Arts Beautification Program sponsored by the Burbank Cultural Arts Commission and Burbank Public Works department — to paint or enjoy — the utility boxes throughout the city.
If you could share with our community one thing about art, what would it be?
Have an open mind; Art comes in many different forms. Art communicates with people; we are able to express ourselves, our ideas and our culture. Oftentimes, it helps us express ourselves in ways we may not be able to express verbally or in other ways.