We had the good fortune of connecting with Skye Silver and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Skye, how do you think about risk?
Risk taking is an evaluation of fear associated with stepping into unknown territory. It is stepping out of one’s comfort zone into unchartered waters. When fear is present and the main rationale for not taking action, these are the risk-taking moments that, if defied, catapult us into a new level of growth and discovery. When we are stagnant, we are no longer evolving.I welcome risk when it seeps in. Risk taking is the uncomfortable but necessary gut check to help us all get to the next level. Major life decisions associated with risk had the highest payoffs in my life—from transferring colleges, a career 180°, moving to the other side of the country, starting a business during COVID, and saying goodbye to people I deeply love. I’d rather aim big and fail, then live with the remorse of regretting never having tried. Without these tough decisions, I wouldn’t be the woman I am today.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am the Owner and Artist behind Studio Skye Silver. I predominantly paint expressive landscapes and contemporary portraiture/figures. My oil paintings are characterized by confident brush strokes and vibrant color. My “naturescapes” portray my infatuation with the colors and textures of our natural world—exerting heavy influence from the ocean/surf culture and forest flora— while my figure works convey the unique essence of my subjects. My intimate and visceral experiences with the outdoors inform my art, which in turn manipulate the way I see our precious, delicate world. I sell originals, art prints, and digital illustrations. Studio Skye Silver was conceived and launched in 2020, in response to a COVID-induced lay-off. Now, almost an exact year later, I’m settling into a new job as Digital Asset/Content Manager for a food and beverage gifting company. I’m making a conscious effort to still devout enough time to painting and my business.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Wednesday we’d hit the OB Farmers Market and get Flavors of East Africa for dinner. We would dance around the drum circle before hitting Reggae Night at Winston’s. We’d go to Gliderport and eat at the café before scaling the bluffs to walk along Blacks (omitting the nude beach detail). A walk through Balboa Park, bringing a blanket to throw under a magnificent Morton Bay Fig Tree. They would lose their Mike’s Taco California burrito virginity at no better place than Sunset Cliffs and No Surf Beach. They would get a front frow viewof the seals and sea lions at La Jolla Cove. I hoped they’d be interested in learning how to surf, in which case a day in Cardiff at Barney’s would be in order. An iconic, obligatory Saturday day drink at El Prez in PB would be without question, winding down the day with the dreamiest Italian food and vibes at Cessarina in Point Loma. We’d scour for special brunch finds at the Liberty Station Public Market, walking along the paths by the water, before migrating to the USS Midway and the Downtown waterfront. Sunday morning it’s a nonnegotiable we’d hit Namasteve Yoga in PB overlooking Law Street beach, followed by a skate down the PB boardwalk, observing all its spectacular characters.