We had the good fortune of connecting with Phoebe Cornog and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Phoebe, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
That it’s completely male dominated. There are plenty of amazing female-identifying mural artists and designers, but we struggle to get the recognition we deserve.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Roxy and I both have a background in graphic design, therefore we are different from most mural artists. We work closely with our clients to create something custom for their space and cohesive with their overall brand aesthetic. Taking this approach to muraling has opened many doors and allowed us to work with a wide variety of clients. We are continually surprised by the industries that are interested in murals. It was certainly not an easy path to get to where we are today and we continue to have challenges. We have been in business for five years together and the first two years were pretty rough. We knew nothing about business and how to make money through art. It took working with a business coach, reading business books, listening to business podcasts, and changing our overall mindset. Now we think of ourselves as businesswomen first, and artists second.
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.
Obviously I would show them some of our murals around town, as well as the Ladies Who Paint murals in the East Village (Ladies Who Paint is our nonprofit). I would probably take them to the Imperial Beach Pier where we just painted and enjoy some oysters and wine at the Tin Fish. Additionally, we’d grab some beers at Coronado Brewing and also snag their artichoke dip. Depending on where they’re visiting from, we’d either do some beach time or spend an afternoon in Balboa Park.
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 would not be where I am today without my business partner, Roxy Prima. I never would have left my job to pursue freelance, I would have never had the goal to paint a mural in all 50 states, the list goes on and on… With Roxy by my side, I have been able to accomplish great things!
Instagram: @pandrdesignco and @phoebecornog