We had the good fortune of connecting with Lili Hidalgo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lili, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
I am inspired by mother nature. Most of my artwork is a reflection of things I’ve seen in nature. There is no greater artist. Things that specifically stand out are the clouds, beautiful sunsets, the way light hits trees, the shadows of mountains, the ripples in water. I’m deeply inspired by the island of Kauai and plan to make it my future home.
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.
As a recent retired civil servant working in the IT field for 27 years I welcomed the chance to get back to my first love. I began in the fall of 2018, founding Lili Pours Art. First mediums used were acrylic and alcohol ink. I’m also a big fan of recycling and repurposing materials so I incorporated recycled frames, canvas, paint, cat food cans, jars, plastic water bottles. But my favorite repurposed material is vinyl records. I make beautiful clocks from them. I participated in quite a few markets and show/sell my work at Sea Hive Marketplace in Oceanside. My work is full of color, I love to create things that catch the eye, or make you pause, utilizing interesting subject matter.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Having spent 30 years in Leucadia I would make the long journey down to Beacon’s beach, stroll through the meditation gardens, grab some soup from La Especial Norte. Now, as a local of Oceanside of five years, I would get that Privateer Pie and salad, the LTH Calamari tacos, sushi at Wrench & Rodent, breakfast at Don’s Country Kitchen. Then truck on down to The Pour House or Larry’s and hear some live music. A long walk along the strand to the pier is in order, grab that sunset, then a beer at Stone to top it off.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Gotta give lots of thanks to my parents, both artists, for encouraging art, expression, and the freedom to create.