Q&A: ‘Creative Cans in the Sand’ Artist Vanessa Bernal Talks About Her Passion
By Space Coast Daily // November 18, 2015
'JUST STICK IT IN THE CAN!'
The mission of “Creative Cans In The Sand” is to help encourage beach-goers to dispose of their trash responsibility, and with the hopes that the more noticeable artistically painted cans will result in a cleaner, more litter-free beach.
The Creative Cans In the Sand initiative was organized by Bobby Freeman and his wife Nikki, and the program is being endorsed and embraced by many volunteers, local and famous artists, the media and local businesses.
“Our beaches in Brevard are beautiful and Creative Cans In the Sand is determined to keep them that way,” said Nikki McCoy Freeman, a local Realtor.
Q&A with Creative Cans in the Sand Artist Vanessa Bernal:
How long have your been an artist?
A: I’ve been painting since I was four years old, professionally for about five years.
What is your artistic medium of choice? Why that medium?
A: My choice is a mixture of different components. I use a special medium that I make to achieve certain textures in my paintings (spray paint, acrylic, oil and watercolor).
Do you have a website and/or Facebook business page?
Whose work do your relate to most? Who inspires your?
A: Picasso, Kahlo and Britto. Mainly for their use of vibrant bold colors. I think the society we live in inspires me and of course my family and friends.
What do you consider to be some of your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
A: Greatest strength: I am hardworking, ambitious and when I set a goal, I accomplish it. Weakness: I’m very critical when it comes to my work. I tend to over analyze things.
If you could picture yourself 5, 10 years from now, where would you be and what would you be doing?
A: In 5 years I would like to still be painting and creating collages. I would like to devote my time to soley paint and be a traveling artist, visiting Spain, France and Germany.
If you were awarded a grant of say $5,000 for a major art project, how would you use the money?
A: I would love to bring art out to public spaces, work on several murals and projects to beautify the city. Teaching kids about all the different styles of art and having them work on projects.
Describe yourself in one word. Why that word?
A: Determined. I set goals and I make sure I accomplish them, see it to the end.
How important is a clean litter-free beach?
A: Very important. We need to take care of our waters and beaches so that all future generations can enjoy the beauty of nature.
Anything else you would like to tell us about yourself?
A: I am available for commissions. You may e-mail me at VansArtLab72@hotmail.com to discuss ideas.
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