We had the good fortune of connecting with Fabiola Bedoya and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Fabiola, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
The top habits I feel have helped me succeed are; Creating a Vision Board- Every new year I create a vision board. I gather magazines and cut out words and phrases of what I want to accomplish and accompany them by captivating images. This provides me a visual reminder that I hang up in my room, so every day when I wake up I see it, that alone plants the seeds of what I want. Showing Up- I try to attend and join events and workshops that seem interesting to me that are out of my usual comfort zone. Even though I may feel out of place, I still show up and to this day I have never regretted attending anything. Only Compete With Myself- In this age of social media it is so easy to compare and start feeling bad about where you are in life, so I switch my mindset and choose to only try doing better than I was yesterday. Using a Planner- I am much more successful when deadlines are easily visible and I can break things down to make them approachable. Ask for Help- This is a fairly new one I’ve adapted, but always reach out to your community of friends for new perspectives, assistance and general feedback.
Please tell us more about your art. 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?
Currently, my art has taken a turn into a curiosity for the psychology of color. Since I was young color has been the most important visual thing for me. My Mexican background and childhood influences have all provided me with positive memories. Therefore, my love of color has given me strength from within. I have used color to paint over objects as a way to give them new meaning and to juxtapose them from their regular life. This realization of color being my main stylistic influence took years to understand and develop. The process to get to the artist I now am has a lot to do with finally recognizing that things won’t change unless I take action. Back in 2015, I got a random request through Instagram to attend a creative workshop, that leap of faith lead me to slowly get out of my comfort zone and start to seek creatives in my town. It was that process of finally finding my people that gave me strength to finally proceed in pursuing a creative path as a photographer and artist. At this point in my life, I am most excited to be graduating with my BFA in Photography at the end of 2020. I am looking forward to being able to use the skills I learned and applying that to future endeavors. I hope to keep learning and be able to share my knowledge to help others.
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?
Tucson is filled with amazing small local businesses. If someone were coming to visit this list would be without doubt a must. Food: Tumerico- vegan and vegetarian Latin restaurant. Rollie’s Mexican Patio- amazing Mexican staples but must get the famous rolled tacos. Penca- delicious Mexican cuisine and cocktails Coffee: Exo Roast Co- such amazing coffee and lovely environment Cartel Coffee Lab- their downtown location makes it great for meeting up with others Black Crown Coffee Co- I love their place to sit down and study or people watch Shopping: Mercado San Agustin- local food and shops unite in an outdoor courtyard Pop Cycle- lots of amazing goodies from artists and makers in the community Hang Out Spots: Mount Lemmon- to escape into nature and explore the vast difference elevation makes Gates Pass- perfect to watch the sunrise or set Hotel Congress- perfect for food, drinks and generally a good time
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to extend my gratidude first and foremost to my mother for always showing me what it takes to be a strong woman. Secondly, the wonderful creative community in Tucson, AZ for being such amazing individuals and helping the community thrive, and last but not least the wonderful staff I’ve met while at the University of Arizona School of Art, Sama Alshaibi, Mark McKnight, Gary Setzer, Cerese Vaden, Marcos Serafim and John Nofs.
all Images by me, Fabiola Bedoya