Meet the artist: Benito Gabriel Trujillo, Grass Valley
What is your career and your current job title? My career is as a visual artist, but my bills are paid by being a bartender at Cirino’s in Nevada City.
Describe in a sentence or two your art. I like my art to portray the good things in life – beauty, color, happiness, what feels good. I try not to dwell on the negative, although it is hard not to see it at times.
How long have you been working in this discipline? My brother gave me a 35 mm camera at the age of 10 – and my perception on life has always been joyous.
Why do you do it? I couldn’t imagine not doing it. I would be distraught.
What do you hope to accomplish? To leave a small dent in this world and to leave it better than it was.
Do you create your art with an exact message you want the viewer to receive, and if yes, what is that message? No, everyone has different perceptions on things. To some people, (Georgia) O’Keefe painted a flower. To others, it was sexual.
Where do you want to be with your art, in terms of part-time versus full-time status, art positions and where your works are seen? I’m a full-time artist. Everything else will evolve.
What kind of special training did you take? If not, how did you learn the art techniques or processes? I have an art education degree from Northern Arizona University. My current employment is with (sculptor) Todd Andrews, and we are so fortunate to have the community college. The art instructors are superb and so passionate.
What’s your favorite part of your endeavors? The work.
What’s your least favorite part of your endeavors? The politics.
How many hours a day or, if more appropriate, a week do you spend on your work? Four to eight hours a day; at least 35 to 45 hours a week.
Do you consider it hard work and could anyone do it? Yes, it’s very hard work – and no, anyone cannot do it. You must have the drive and passion. I don’t think I could be a gardener, nor would I want to be called one, simply because I mow the lawn.
Any other comments you’d like to include? Peace!
Benito Gabriel Trujillo has paintings on display during October at the Flour Garden Bakery on Sutton Way in Grass Valley. More works can be seen by calling him at 272-1494 for an appointment.
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