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

Hi Cambria, how has your background shaped the person you are today?

I was born in Las Vegas, NV but I grew up in Long Beach, Ca. My parents divorced when I was 9 years old and while I have had a very loving relationship with my father; it was very much a struggle growing up primarily with my mother. My mother is not the most comforting person and usually would put me down. I developed artistic endeavors at a very young age and I took art classes throughout middle and high school. This was something that allowed me to have an escape from the hectic living situations that I was in. After high school, I continued to create during most of my spare time. Most of my life I have been struggling with anxiety, depression and the painful disorder, called endometriosis. Art has been such a great outlet for me and creating has been so therapeutic. Even during my most painful days, I am thankful that I can draw and paint. Art has been a great tool for me to independently release any stress that I am experiencing. I created the art name, Twisted Flamingo to describe my work as a whole. Twisted Flamingo was inspired by the concept of the philosophical term, “yin and yang.” You cannot truly appreciate the beauty that the world offers without experiencing struggles. Where I came from and the experiences that I have had, have really shaped me into the empathetic and creative person that I am today. I hope that this inspires others to follow their dreams too.

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.
Getting to where I am today has not been so easy. With battling personal struggles to balancing work life, it can certainly be a challenge. Although, I am very grateful for those challenges and still deciding to pursue a creative career because art is the one thing that I do that gives me the most peace. I have been learning how to effectively balance, work, friends, family and building my art career. Since my first solo art show in 2016, I have really enjoyed sharing my work with others in more public settings and contributing to my community. My artistic career has ranged from paintings, murals, illustrations, media design, photography and more. While I like to explore multiple artistic mediums, I tend to focus on acrylic, watercolor and digital paintings. I am heavily inspired by film, animals, nature, tattoos, the universe and the beauty of people. My work has been described as dreamy and having a realistic approach with a high use of contrast and color.

From filmmakers, to hairstylists, makeup artists, dancers, musicians and culinary artists, I am surrounded by so many inspirational people. I adore how art allows us to connect with one another in our own individual way. Portions of my art work have been donated to numerous charities and fundraisers. My goal is to continue to create and help give back to those inspirational communities and causes in the best way that I can.

Charities that have been included are: The International Elephant Foundation, The Treatment Advocacy Center for Mental Health, The Endometriosis Foundation of America, The Aquarium of the Pacific, The World Wildlife Fund, The L.A. Food Bank, The O.C. Food Bank, Amuse 4 Autism and a local beehive rescue and habitat preservation fund. Thank you very much for checking out my creations!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to nominate artist Steven Garcia. Steven is an amazing artist, chef, canvas builder, tattoo artist and more. He has helped shape my creativity and has even taught me a lot about art.

Website: https://www.twistedflamingodesigns.com/

Instagram: Instagram@twistedflamingo

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