We had the good fortune of connecting with Chris Gutierrez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chris, what matters most to you?
Well the idea of being honest sounds simple enough but it can be broken down and applied to different aspects of one’s self. And add in the fact that I’m a brutally honest type so that has helped create a checks and balances system for me lately my life. In the nature of personal growth and development I’ve found it key to be able to see myself from different unbiased views and that is where the brutality comes into play. I think a lot of people sugarcoat and superficially inflate their egos and these are the types whom I never truly connect with. I’ve always noticed how myself and other unique creatives will gravitate to each other out in the world and that’s because we’ve all undergone those moments of aligning our inner truths. Once barriers and walls are down we’re able to bond more naturally and ultimately sync creative energies and make new amazing things.
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.
I don’t consider myself a true Renaissance man as I am far from expert levels but I’m more of one in training. The definition of the term is something I might not ever achieve however I fully connect with the idea and the principles behind it as an artist & creator but also at being human. When it comes to the world of art I am still intrigued by the vast amount of unique art forms, styles, techniques and practices. I basically separate art types into 2 main categories; there’s analog/physical and digital/electronic. I’ve always favored using pencil to paper for sketching, and from there lead to the exploration with color pencils, inks & pens, marker types and various paints, all of which fall into the analog category of art. Having grown up with emerging technologies fascinated me, it was like seeing the make-believe from sci-fi movies becoming reality before my eyes. So when art and technology fused I knew I had to get involved with digital art and its various forms; digital sketching & painting, 3D modeling & animation, as well as learning new skills and concepts with graphic & web design. I am still astounded by the iPad for example, it feels like I’m using Star Trek tech in my hands. Along the way I was introduced to many different forms of art that I explored with enthusiasm such as photography, music and literature/writing. Whenever I create it is an amalgam of everything I’ve learned over the years and going forth I will continue to explore more worlds of art.
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.
One of our main destinations would be out in Sedona for some hiking and photos, (lately my Canon AE-1 Program has been my camera of choice). Exploring Lake Montezuma, Wet Beaver Creek and all its nearby areas can be a mix of peaceful scenery and challenging trails. For instance, the trek over to The Crack can be pretty tough at times but the rewarding splash when you arrive to the cliff side pools makes it worth it. There is always so many new wonders out there to explore that we could stay busy for days, plus learning the history about the lands, its people and creatures adds to the experience.
Over in Phoenix the Mexican food is amazing, I love finding those ‘mom & pop shops’ cause their food is always so authentic, El Norteno and Speedy Street Tacos are top picks. I’ve always been a sucker for modern art and science museums as I get sparks of inspiration when experiencing those kinds of creative energies. Another neat place that’ll speak to the creative side is catching an indie flick over at FilmBar.
I’d make sure we took a stop over in Cottonwood for a chill time, down on their Main St is a good mix of places to check out. There’s a few spots that have some great antiques, thrift & hobby items and cool old school finds. And if it’s a cool night we can grab a seat outside by the fire for some wood oven cooked pizza at Pizzeria Bocce.
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?
Collectively all my loved ones and friends have provided inspiration, motivation and positive influence throughout my life. Thanks & Love to all.
Extra Thanks & Love to Mom.