Welcome to Profile of the Week! We are delighted to present Luis Mendoza from Manila, Phillippines.

Luis creates experimental art in a variety of styles, subjects and media. To see more of Luis' artwork, visit his gallery: http://community.art-is-fun.com/photo/photo/listForContributor?scre...

When you view his portfolio, be sure to click on the images to view them larger!

Please join us for this interview with Luis:

How would you describe your art?

I would describe my art to be more on the varied, freestyle kind, because I like to try new things all the time. So for me its varied. One day I'm doing portraits the next day its typography. It's kinda crazy but it is what it is.

How long have you been an artist and how did you become an artist?

I think being an artist runs in the family. Uncles, cousins, I even have a brother who is a popular tattoo artist in the Philippines. So, yeah, maybe it runs in the family. I really don't know how long have I been an artist; but I do know the last 5 years are the best art years I ever had so far.

What is your favorite medium and why?

Soft pencils, charcoal pencils, acrylics and watercolor.

What are some of the challenges in working in your preferred medium?

Using soft pencils and charcoal doesn't pose much of a challenge. The acrylics, a little bit because it dries quickly, especially when you paint a bit slower.

Pick one work of art from your Art Colony portfolio and tell us the story behind it. Why does this piece have meaning to you?

I did a portrait of my grandmother on her wedding day (shown above). She was 19 years old that time. It was from an old photo. Funny thing is I didn't know it was her. I always have these image of my grandmother as this gracious elderly woman so it didn't sink in really quick that this beautiful 19 year old is her.

Tell us about one medium, technique or style that you would like to try working with (that you have not tried before) and why you would like to try this.

Clay and wood. I would like to dip my hands on sculpture, and woodcarving. I like to learn how to create things with my bare hands. I also want to learn how to use a chisel and the controlled force that goes with it. In the Philippines we have a place there where there are a generation (families) of wood carvers. I can just sit there and watch these guys do their thing.

How do you make time for art?

Every free time I get, every down time, I just sit down with a paper and a pencil.

If you could imagine the “perfect art day” for yourself, what would it be like?

A table with a variety of pencils, sharpies, maybe some watercolor, a good quality paper or canvass and music! Then its time to soar!

If you could spend 24 hours with one artist, living or historical, who would you want to spend the day with and why? What would the two of you do?

Fernando Amorsolo, the great Filipino artist. I love his oil paintings depicting Philippine rural life. What are we gonna do? He'll paint and I'll watch. Hahaha!

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Absolutely beautiful!  I love your work!

Love your art!!! Vibrant and I can feel the energy in it!!!! Lovely.

I love your work, especially your use of pattern and color. I hope to see more of your work. 



Debbie Rippie said:

Absolutely beautiful!  I love your work!

Thank you very much!!



Marthie Scholer said:

Love your art!!! Vibrant and I can feel the energy in it!!!! Lovely.

Thank you very much! I'm just happy to inspire!



Sheila Dunn said:

I love your work, especially your use of pattern and color. I hope to see more of your work.

Thank you Shiela, I will be posting new ones very soon. Thanks for appreciating.  

Luis-

I understand how acrylics can be a bit of a challenge, but, obviously, YOU don't seem to have much trouble with them...
Very good work!!

For the second time? I have another chance?  lol

Luis Mendoza said:



Pat said:

Very nice profile Luis, enjoyed reading it, beautiful work! I like the part where you didn't know it was your grandmother in the photo, she would be very proud of you.

Thanks Pat. I'm very grateful  and honored for being featured in POTW for the second time.  I know she's smiling at me right now  from above. haha!

Congrats on your profile of the week. Your work is amazing; I love the choice of colors that you use for your work. Beautiful!  

 



Scott Andrews said:

Luis-

I understand how acrylics can be a bit of a challenge, but, obviously, YOU don't seem to have much trouble with them...
Very good work!!

Thank you sir for such positive comments! 



Catherine Velardo said:

Congrats on your profile of the week. Your work is amazing; I love the choice of colors that you use for your work. Beautiful!  

 Thank you Ma'm for your comments. Being spontaneous never failed me so far... specially when it comes to color choices.. I'm just happy to be able to inspire.



Pat said:

For the second time? I have another chance?  lol

Luis Mendoza said:



Pat said:

Very nice profile Luis, enjoyed reading it, beautiful work! I like the part where you didn't know it was your grandmother in the photo, she would be very proud of you.

Thanks Pat. I'm very grateful  and honored for being featured in POTW for the second time.  I know she's smiling at me right now  from above. haha!

Definitely !! Its sweeter the second time around hahaha! have a good art day Pat!

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