We had the good fortune of connecting with Vanessa Morrow and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Vanessa, why did you pursue a creative career?
From an early age, I found art to be a huge part of my life. I can remember when I was 5 or 6, I picked up a sharpie and started outlining my wall sockets. I just knew I wanted to try it. My wall art collection grew and grew over the years, my room was my own personal canvas. It was filled with collages of skateboarding and music posters. I also participated in a lot of disciplined extracurriculars in my youth, including ballet, karate, and tennis. I fondly remember obsessively watching the Food Network, as a child. As a teenager. I think it was that magic formula that added up to my love to express myself in a creative way that was also disciplined. I was a Pastry Chef for 10 years of my career but was always practicing my fine art and graphic design skills during my Pastry career. My transition from Pastry to Graphic Design, and large wall accents were all in the same wheelhouse, just different materials. I find that my drive in life is to create and it has always been since I can remember. It brings me the best balance of exploration, challenge, and peace in my life.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.

My art is inspired by the natural flow of plant life, as well as Japanese and American flash tattoo art. I am most proud of my continual growth and evolution as a creative over my life up to this point.

I’m very excited to see what opportunities blossom for me in the future.

I got to where I am at today by being dedicated to the craft of expression in all facets of my life. All my experiences are lessons to be translated into the way I manage my time, my being, and the things I bring to my art. It’s easy in the sense that I feel driven to create, but difficult in the way that being creative is not always seen or recognized in society as a valid way to make a living. It’s always used to beautify, market, and sell things for companies but the acknowledgment of the length of time, sweat, and dedication to a craft to create the art is not acknowledged. I’ve learned that If I really want to achieve something, it takes time, patience, and a real love for what I do. The underlying fact in my story is, that I am so grateful for the support and true kindness people have shown me. Without the connections and mentorship in my life, I don’t know if I would be where I am today.

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?

Day 1: I would start off by taking them to get a pastry and cappuccino at Blue Bottle. A hike up to Griffith Observatory, and a lunch picnic to get a city view. Pizza for dinner at Gra.
Then a night out to see the R.A.I.D. (random acts of irreverent dance). Dance the night away, listening to live Dj music mash-ups, with a dance crew that is unlike any other that I’ve seen.

Day 2:
A breakfast burrito, the truffle guacamole is where it’s at, at Tacos Tu Madre. The perfect breakfast after a night out of dancing and drinking.
Then off to The Huntington Garden for an afternoon of art, tea, and sandwiches. Enjoy soaking in the sun in the beautiful gardens.
Then a trip to Highland Park Brewery to get dinner and beers.

Day 3:
Breakfast at Bon Vivant Market & Cafe.
A beach trip to Malibu beach. Along the way, stop, at a roadside stand, and get fresh coconut, cracked open in front of you. Dinner at Bestia in the Arts District in DTLA.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?

Where do I begin, there are too many people to name in my life, which is a great thing problem to have. I have been so supported in my life by my parents, my entire family, and my partner. All my college Art professors, mentoring Chef, Clara Yun, and business mentor Noel Heredia.

Website: https://www.curiousvessels.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/curiousvessels/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-morrow-7a988252/