We had the good fortune of connecting with Isabel Pichardo and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Isabel, why did you pursue a creative career?
When I was a kid I had always dreamed of becoming an artist. I still have a poorly made shirt that I drew on in about 1st grade that said I have a dream to become an artist and I drew myself painting a picture. As I grew up different careers came and went from my brain but one that continued was pursuing art. I had been told all my life that I should pursue a normal career but it never felt like the path for me. When I took my first darkroom photograph class at Mira Costa College that was the moment I knew I couldn’t turn back. It had given me what I was looking for all the years before. Since then I have finished my degree and now I’m beginning to figure things out but I will never regret choosing a creative career because it is who I am meant to be.

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.
My art is a mixture of different techniques paired with photography. My process at the beginning starts with a photograph and from there I begin to add different layers to make it a three dimensional piece. Some of my work stays in the formal photography format but some of my favorite projects have become more installation pieces. I am definitely grateful for all the opportunities I have had for showing my art in school as well as small galleries. Another big passion of mine is making zines, I have been making zines for about 7 years now and that I would also consider it a part of my art practice. It isn’t the most conventional work but I am able to create and write different small books that have just as much meaning as my fine art projects. It can be hard to deal with imposter syndrome and feeling the need to be constantly productive but a lot of my favorite local artists share about their similar struggles and it does motivate me to keep moving forward. A big lesson for me has been learning about how much community is necessary for me personally. Being able to talk to my friends and work through different pieces has always made a huge difference when my piece comes to a conclusion. Having different perspectives and being able to present my ideas to a group of people I trust is so incredibly helpful and I love that aspect of art and how it can bring people together.

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?
The Hill Street Country Club is an important space to me because they have given me so many different opportunities and I’d like to recognize them for the richness they have been able to offer Oceanside. They have held a lot of beautiful and important art shows for me and my community. Dinah Poellnitz is a great motivator and friend and she has been able to create a community within this space that is important to me and other artists as well. Many of my close friends have worked within this gallery and it has made a huge impact on my life personally and artistically.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The Hill Street Country Club is an important space to me because they have given me so many different opportunities and I’d like to recognize them for the richness they have been able to offer Oceanside. They have held a lot of beautiful and important art shows for me and my community. Dinah Poellnitz is a great motivator and friend and she has been able to create a community within this space that is important to me and other artists as well. Many of my close friend have worked within this gallery and it has made a huge impact on my life personally and artistically.

Website: isabelpichardo.com
Instagram: @banditapress

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