We had the good fortune of connecting with Charlene Pulsonetti and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Charlene, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I was drawn to pursue a creative career because I knew it would excite me for the rest of my life. The possibilities are endless – over the years, I have published a children’s book, written for a local magazine, created paintings for client’s homes and built a geodesic dome for a community art festival. I am always learning and pushing my own boundaries, that’s what makes it a satisfying career.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have always been a creative person, but for the longest time I was too afraid to share my work. Then, I realized that people really did enjoy hearing my voice as expressed through my paintings and writings. I found that they wanted to use it to decorate their homes, or give to others as gifts. When I realized this, I saw that I could use my experiences exploring the natural world to bring others joy. For me, the southwest is my main source of inspiration. The wide open spaces can give us perspective, the beautiful landscape is something to meditate on. And the people are more rooted. For someone like me, who grew up on the east coast, it provided a new way to look at life.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Most of my friends and family are from the east coast, so it’s easy to find something to wow them in San Diego. We would have to explore the different types of food avaliable, like pho at Pho Ca Dao in Mira Mesa, or the spiciest Sichuan noodles at Spicy Chinese off Convoy Street. We would also have to visit the amazing wineries here in Ramona – each one has something different, from varietals to scenery, it’s hard to choose just one or two to see in a day. Everyone who owns and works at these wineries is so nice, they are always kind and curious to out of towners I bring by. I love to cook as well, so we would have to check out a local farm stand, like Page’s Organics, to pick out some fresh veggies for breakfast or dinner. One place I like to take people now is Panema 66 in Balboa Park. Not only is the food and drink selection fantastic, but weekly performances by the Young Lions Jazz Conservancy and Gilbert Castellanos and his band are top notch entertainment!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have been inspired by so many people in life, some I have met and some I have not. I am grateful to my family and friends for always encouraging me to follow my dreams to be an artist (and, I have to mention this, purchase some of my first pieces of art as I broke into the industry!) When it comes to my writing, Stephen King’s “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft” gave me courage to not be afraid to put my thoughts down on page – it showed a human side to creators, and I realized that I could find success if I dedicated the time and find the patience to see success through.