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

Hi Crista, what’s the most important thing you’ve done for your children?
I have 5 children – 14 to 21. From the time they were little I’ve surrounded them with art supplies and paper and the space to be creative. We didn’t always have a lot of money so we made the things they needed….Halloween costumes and projects for school etc. Because of this my kids never meet a challenge they can’t meet. They always know that lack means creativity kicks in and somehow you’ll solve your problem. If I’ve passed on creative problem solving then I’ve succeeded.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve been creating my entire life. I spent a lot of time alone as a kid and creativity kept me busy. My art has been a process since the beginning. I started out by painting watercolor and then moved to acrylics which was a different animal for sure. It’s taken me a good bit of time to realize what I enjoy painting and I hope that’s normal. Ultimately flowers are my favorite things and they ended up being my best subjects. Landscapes are amazing but florals have my heart. So paint your heart – what you love!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Ok so if my friend came to town we would be headed to camp in Sedona. The scenery there is unrivaled and we would spend some solid time painting and soaking in the beauty. When we head into town we would of course head to Casa Sedona Restaurant for some fantastic breakfast. After we filled our stomachs with food and coffee we would probably head to the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. What an amazing way to spend the day in the cool courtyard and the creativity is everywhere.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband is always encouraging me. No matter the assignment he never fails to be the one who tells me I can do it. His faith in me makes me feel like I can accomplish so much more than I can do on my own.

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