We had the good fortune of connecting with Vincent Ghoste and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vincent, what principle do you value most?
Practicing kindness is most important to me. I have not always been the kindest person, but I have found, too late in life, that this is what is needed most in this world. You don’t have to be perfect all the time, but good things will come your way if you try to be kind in your daily life.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
My murals are mostly botanicals and have lots of colors. I could paint plants and animals forever. What sets me apart? My imagination. It is unique to me. I try to create a more beautiful world in my artwork. Some lessons I have learned along the way always have a contract, never settling, and finding ways to be grateful. Being grateful for your current accomplishments and present life is amazing self-care. Also, life is a negotiation but never settle for less than your worth. It devalues your art and the market you’re trying to find success in. Finally, having a contract for clients is so important. It helps the client understand everything and protects you from all the unforeseen issues that crop up with expensive jobs.
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.
My favorite places are Balboa Park, The San Diego Zoo, and The San Diego Museum of Art. I would definitely take my friends on some of the amazing hikes around San Diego. Mission Trails and Lake Murray are my usual day hikes. Farm Animal Refuge in Campo is a place near and dear to my heart, so that would be a must-see. Jordan and Matt take care of farm animals that get to live out their lives in peace and happiness. If you do not know about them, it is a great cause, and they are amazingly selfless. Check them out, please! I miss going to live music shows, specifically Content Partners, which is no more. I would definitely take my friend to Sketch Party at Whistle Stop Bar. We recently discovered South Bay Drive-In Theatre, which is a blast. Bowlero is also super fun. That is a bowling alley in Chula Vista. Lastly, I would say Anza Borrego, Disneyland, and Ocean Beach would be spots we would have to visit. Anza Borrego is so beautiful. There are slot canyons and desert sculptures, among other things. Who visits the San Diego area without visiting Disneyland? Ocean Beach? Ocean Beach is just really fun. There is always something interesting happening in Ocean Beach. Vervor Shop is a new store there that carries all kinds of handmade artist goods. Definitely stop in if you are in the area.
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 very much need to give credit to Clyde Dugosh of The Urban Art Shop. Most people I meet tend to be guarded with their time. It is our most precious resource. Clyde is an outlier. He gives without thought. He took the time to mentor me and help me find success. Everyone at The Urban Art Shop is amazing actually. It is home to many great creatives here in San Diego.
Other: If you have a question about a possible mural or project, please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
cactus mural: image credit to Elevate by Longfellow