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

Hi Liliana, why did you pursue a creative career?
I’m not sure that as a creative person, there was ever much of a choice about whether or not to pursue art. Projects and ideas found their way to me whether I was working as a creative or as an admin assistant. Those ideas took root in my mind until they became full-blown gardens that needed tending to survive. I think all of us have these gardens inside that we need to keep alive so they can nourish us, and for me that garden is creativity.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The important thing to know about a creative career is that there is no correct path towards building one and that it’s ever-changing. I graduated from college as an oil painter and gradually transitioned into a digital illustrator. In between I built an Etsy shop creating resin jewelry and closed it after I realized that was no longer what I wanted to pursue. All of these trails are paths I needed to take to grow the skills that are constantly making me into a better creative and business owner. There’s nothing quite like the feeling I get when a client tells me their spouse loved a portrait I painted for them or when a customer entrusts me with flowers from a loved one’s funeral to create something memorable. As an artist, I can provide people with a way to communicate their feelings and I feel so blessed to be able to do this for them.

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.
I live a very quiet life, so I’d show my friend the small things that I love in this area. We’d wake up early and have pastries from Rise Up Bakery who has the most addictive sticky buns. We’d spend the morning shopping at Changing Hands, our local indie bookstore, and afterward hit up Fresh Fast Smoothie for delicious boba tea. A trip to the Phoenix Art Museum would be amazing or a walk down Roosevelt Row during First Friday. Once we got hungry we’d get pupusas from Salvadoreno Restaurant or empanadas from Republica Empanada. Finally, we’d round out the day by taking a walk at the Riparian Preserve, a great place to catch sight of unique birds and gorgeous sunsets.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I couldn’t pursue a creative career without the support of my parents. From the very first acrylic sets they bought me when I was a child to their encouragement when I decided to get an art degree, my parents always provided me with space and freedom to create what I wanted.

Website: https://www.artofliliana.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/artofliliana/

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