We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrew Rodriguez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andrew, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk taking is an essential part of my life and artistic career. I fear it, love it, and embrace it! There is very little reward without risk taking in this world. I believe risk can be shown through many different lenses. One example could be stepping out and putting your image on the line in front of your peers; standing up for what you believe in, and helping others even if it means being different and looking strange. Another example could be putting your security on the line to pursue what you love and are passionate about. When I decided to pursue an art career in my early 20’s, there was more than a couple people who scoffed at the idea. Yet there was also a burning desire to put it all on the line in order to pursue a meaningful career, and that fire could not be snuffed out. I have learned through many trials that risk and faith go hand in hand to complement each other gracefully to help you walk out even the worst situations.
Before every large job or wall that I paint I will normally have at least one sleepless night. I unintentionally stay up tossing and turning thinking about the what-if’s and imagining complete failure. I have found that I work exceptionally well on little sleep and an impossible schedule. This may be related to my love for adrenaline and risk in fact. My wife likes to joke about my risky ideas that I come up with on a regular basis. Some of the best risk’s I have taken are 3 and 6 years old now and go by the name of Fischer and Fiona.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have worked with lots of amazing people, businesses, and organizations over the past couple years to create murals and designs. I REALLY enjoy meeting new people and collaborating to create unique and meaningful artwork and experiences. I would have to say that this is one of the best parts of being an artist; all the relationships you make along the way. This is truly what matters most to me when it comes down to it. The rest is just shapes and paint.
As of recently, I am extremely excited to have begun a new body of work. I have no idea where my ideas and paintings will take me, but that’s part of the fun isn’t it? This is how I began my career as an artist and I believe this is how it will finish as well. I am taking some time to explore ideas and paintings that I have been brewing over for a while now. I look forward to some group shows with live music this year as well as some new large murals around Southern California.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
First Stop; Dawn Patrol in Ventura for some tasty waves. Next up let’s grab some coffee at Singing Sun in Midtown Ventura and browse local shops like Timbre Books and Findings Market. After that we should cruise down PCH into Malibu for some fresh views and even fresher juice at Sunlife Organics.
After some time at the Getty Museum I would like to take you on a train up the coast to Santa Barbara for some Tapas at Loquita on State Street. We can stroll the Funk Zone later until we feel ready to check in for the night at the Hotel Californian.
Wake up! It’s time for some breakfast at Cajun Kitchen before we walk down the SB pier to see some wildlife. Up next we are getting out of town for the rest of the week to hit Los Olivos and Paso Robles for some wine tasting as Stolpman and Turley.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to give a shoutout to my family and friends for the love and support. My biggest fan and most feared critic is my wife Taelor Elizabeth and my two wonderful children. Of course there are many other people who deserve recognition for all the help along the way. I have much more growing and learning to do in this wonderful journey we call life!
Photography by Peter Kappen, Roland Stone, and Leo Evidente