We had the good fortune of connecting with Robert Aragon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Robert, what do you attribute your success to?
There are three things which I attribute any success to: Visualization, persistence and an unquestionable belief.
1. Dreams are the fabric visualizations are weaved from… so listen to your dreams.
2. Children hold the key to persistence…so don’t lose your inner child.
3. The power of believing is acquired from discovering your strengths and weaknesses and the truth about yourself…so live from the heart and not the mind.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
When I worked with cancer patients as a teen, an opportunity arose when actor and art collector, Vincent Price, wished to see my artwork. He was a vital “teacher” for me at that time.
When I suffered a stroke at age 33, it took me two years before I was able to utilize a pencil and approach the canvas.The first piece I created after my stroke was a tiny teddy bear sitting on a hill as he gently held a fragile flower. Obviously this piece reflected my emotions during this very difficult and personal experience. This painting became the cover for my first book, A Tiny Teddy named Cuds, and like magic, strangers who were not aware of the backstory, reacted emotionally to the painting. Each witnessed their own personal challenge as portrayed by my tiny teddy as he sat vulnerably on a hill. Cuds seemed to be able to communicate emotion and appease the inner child. How fortunate am I?
It’s been a 30 year journey for me thus far as a professional artist. There have been blessings and challenges simultaneously.
The resulting damage of the stroke has afforded me a freedom to express my gratitude, vulnerability and sensitivity through my work.
From the proverbial “ashes” rose my children’s brand, A Tiny Teddy named Cuds.
My character and brand represents the very best which lies within each of us. Strength, gratitude, hope, love, empathy and understanding. Cuds is a Tiny Teddy who is not limited by size and never forgets the healing power of love.
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?
Where would I take them to? I’d go straight to Balboa park! The Timken museum would be my first stop. Then to Carlsbad for some shopping by the sea and then end the day at my home. I’d invite my circle of artisans over for a musical evening. If prodded, I’ll even play a piece on the ivories.
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 feel that life is about giving of ourselves, our talents and our love. Thus, my shoutout is dedicated to all the givers and admirers of beauty in the world! I also have one very special shoutout which goes out to my late mother, Mary Schiaffino. She deserves the most recognition in my story. She nurtured and protected my creativity as a child and never questioned why I was me. I miss her every moment.
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