We had the good fortune of connecting with Pearl Preis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Pearl, what do you want people to remember about you?
If I could leave art pieces behind that have my name on it that people know and love and shared with their future generations because it was something that was special to them, that would be enough; whether it be in a fine art photo piece, a children’s book, or a painting. To have a large piece of art mounted somewhere as a permanent installation, in a building or something large and public to share with the world, well then that would be some badass legacy stuff right there. Earnestly, my children are my legacy. A brilliant man that I love, and I, have created three wonderful beings; they have our heart, philosophies, talents and memories to pass along to future generations. To be a creative spirit, a mother with a mission, a caring friend and a positive force in this world are ways I would like to be remembered and I hope to leave those personal legacies behind for others to feel even though my name is no longer remembered.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Being trained as a fine and commercial artist just before the computer age hit helped me to segue my art into the digital realm. In this digital age, everyone is a “photographer” but what sets me apart is that I am an artist. I get called on because of my eye, my ideas, my skill and understanding of a timely work flow. That’s what I take pride in. I’ve been making and selling art since I was in high school so it was pretty convenient to get things started as a photographer with a service and product to offer, especially with computers at our fingertips – no darkrooms were needed and you could share and contact just about anyone in the art world and potential clients and get exposure pretty quickly if you are willing to work at it. Some of the most important lessons I did learn, and say it all the time: always be a professional, always be a pleasure, and always be polite. It takes you far in business and in life! I would like the world to know that art does take discipline and I’m always working, so apply yourself and if you love your art and have something unique about it, keep your day job until it kicks in and never give up! Hustle, don’t wish for shit- make things happen. I’m always creating something, always trying to keep it fresh and always sharing it with the world.
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.
I’d take them to Balboa Park, love the architecture, the grounds, the activity….Little Italy for coffee and desserts, to our cool beaches and then they would have to learn how to relax and have coffee every afternoon and shmooze and then we’d go chase the sunset later.
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?
That would be my father, Sal Bidaure. He was a brilliant artist and his larger than life artwork, his legacy, can be seen in some of the banks and hotel lobbies in Guam, Growing up with an artist (both commercial and fine), undoubtedly honed my craft and work ethic. I was constantly inspired and wowed by him and learned all his art and life lessons and still use and share them today.
Photo of Pearl Preis by Shyah Preis