We had the good fortune of connecting with Sheena Rae Dowling and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sheena, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I would say that I have a bit of an addictive personality and being a workaholic has fallen into that category. I do feel like over time I have been able to accomplish a better work/life balance. I see my rest and down time in which I’m not creating as a necessary part of the whole creative process. It is integral in the development of my ideas. For me what works best is scheduling time for myself just like I would schedule other meetings or project deadlines. I keep the commitment with myself just like I do with other people.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I work in a variety of mediums but I especially like painting and installation. My work focuses on the body and the human experience. Sometimes I depict the body realistically but other times it is referenced more symbolically or abstractly. I have personally struggled with multiple mental health disorders and I often use my work to process my experience and help educate others and raise awareness.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I kinda like playing the part-time tour guide, especially to people who’ve never been to San Diego. I like showing them all the “secret” spots and hidden gems. I love taking people to Sunset Cliffs or Torrey Pines. Its always fun to take people on a Barrio Art Crawl too. I have a lot of favorite little eateries but I don’t wanna give everything away! Hahaha!
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’d like to shout out the amazingly talented and brilliant teachers I had both at SDSU and at Pratt that helped me develop as an artist- Gail Roberts, Janet Cooling, Richard Baker, Richard Keely, Carla Schapiro, Robert Zakarian, and Howard Rosenthal