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

Hi Bianca, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
As an artist, I feel that it’s important to bring awareness to the world regarding different societal issues like the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, the situation of the war refugees from Ukraine and Afghanistan (the two major displacements of people that we had in less than one year), the gender discrimination that is still so common in many places in the world, the domestic violence and “all type” of abuse against women, America’s gun problem, and the racial situation that affects everyone in our country. I focus on sending out a message to the whole entire world about these real problems that the regular people have and I try to make all the people (even the ones who live in their “rich” bubble) think about what every individual’s impact in this world is. We all must leave a legacy behind us for the future generations and my job is to transpose this concept from my art to everyone. I want to make my fans and the ones who see my work understand that Future, Hope and Success of the next generations start with every one of us. We should not say “I hope” but we should always say “I am hope” – this is the main message that is at the foundation of my art compositions. Otherwise we can’t change this world into a better place for the time ahead of us. Therefore, since I became an UNESCO IAVA (International of Visual Arts Association of UNESCO) artist, I started to mobilize different international art curators to organize auctions and charity events where interested artists can donate their work and the proceeds from these events go to the community in need. Annualy I donate almost half of my work created that year to those type of fundraising organizations. I definitely want to encourage my fellow artists/peers to do the same. The reward that comes back is the phenomenal feeling that you gave back to the community and that you have helped a few of the people in need. Also, you did your job as a good human being on this planet. I will always militate for this idea.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My path in life was extremely difficult in the US because, although I was a legal immigrant when I arrived here, most of the white people in Los Angeles were extremely cruel to me from verbally bullying me, physically attacking me for my accent, to telling me that I am not welcomed here because my race is “Other” since I was born in Europe. Most of these issues happened when I worked in different American corporations and I was always treated differently due to my origins. That continous bully, especially from my supervisors, put a lot of stress on me, bringing me to the point that I started to suffer of agoraphobia. Even now, two-three times a week I have nightmares that I am attacked by people in Los Angeles and put in a plane, withouth my consent, and sent back “home”. I always wake up scared and a few minutes later I run from my bedroom to my art studio to be sure that my reality is different than my nigthmares. My home is here, I am an American citizen and I love my country! In 2017, after over twenty years of this indecent treatment, I abandoned my job as a corporate employee, I took a huge financial risk and I started to focus on my health through the therapy of full time painting. In the past I used to paint as a hobby but in the last five years I decided to seriously dive into my new artistic career. Was it easy? No! Was it challenging? Yes! Was it fantastically satisfactory? Absolutely YES! I found out that I was doing what I love to do: create. When you do what you like you feel like you are permanently vacationing. I work between 12-14 hours/day and I enjoy every minute of it. The provocation I had as an artist was to find my own style. I wandered between styles, I still do sometimes, I learned a lot about how to promote my art online and at different international festivals and I worked tremendously hard. My axiom is: Never Ever Give Up! There were days when I was in the doldrums and then I took a 24 hours break, going to the ocean and constantly repeating in my mind: “I will not give up!”. Also, thirthy years ago, when I was still young and a lost creature on this planet, my mom told me to dream daily and my dreams will turn into reality. I still follow her advice, the child in me still believing in beautiful dreams. With baby steps so far, I was lucky to achieve all of my artistic aspirations.

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?
First and foremost, for me, to be able to do my job, meaning that I have to use different tools to paint, and to have the necessary time to do it, I need to recognize four people from the US, in my life. The first one is my significant other who helps me a lot in my daily life with any chores, just so I am able to have the time to paint. The three other people that were and are very important to me, are my physical therapist (Mrs. Joyce Ambrosia from Vargo Therapy in Reseda), my orthopedic PA-C (Mr. Jonathan De Guzman from North Valley Orthopedic) and my orthopedic surgeon (Mr. Ramin Ganjianpour from North Valley Orthopedic). With their professional medical help I was able to overcome a huge obstacle for an artist: the carpal tunnel syndrome in my right limb. I would definitely recommend these medical professionals to anyone in Los Angeles who suffers of carpal tunnel syndrome. My daily mentor is my mother. Although she lives in Europe, since I was a child she was my friendly “guru” and always guided me into the right direction in life. Many of my conversations that I have with her (we speak aproximately five times/day) become ideas, themes or titles of my paintings. She is the most cultured and knowledgable person that, to date, I know; she is an inspiration to me to be so cultural savy as she is.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First and foremost, for me, to be able to do my job, meaning that I have to use different tools to paint, and to have the necessary time to do it, I need to recognize four people from the US, in my life. The first one is my significant other who helps me a lot in my daily life with any chores, just so I am able to have the time to paint. The three other people that were and are very important to me, are my physical therapist (Mrs. Joyce Ambrosia from Vargo Therapy in Reseda), my orthopedic PA-C (Mr. Jonathan De Guzman from North Valley Orthopedic) and my orthopedic surgeon (Mr. Ramin Ganjianpour from North Valley Orthopedic). With their professional medical help I was able to overcome a huge obstacle for an artist: the carpal tunnel syndrome in my right limb. I would definitely recommend these medical professionals to anyone in Los Angeles who suffers of carpal tunnel syndrome. My daily mentor is my mother. Although she lives in Europe, since I was a child she was my friendly mentor and always guided me into the right direction in life. Many of my conversations that I have with her (we speak aproximately five times/day) become ideas, themes or titles of my paintings. She is the most cultured and knowledgable person that, to date, I know; she is an inspiration to me to be so cultural savy as she is.

Website: https://www.biancaturner.art/

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