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

Hi Domierikato, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
I don’t like to say I have given my life to art. I prefer to say art has given me my life. Frank Stella

Several elements contribute to my sense of well-being and joy. Being receptive to what the natural world can offer, painting, drawing, my yoga practice, my dog Baci, family, music, color, and the animal kingdom, among others. Ultimately, I believe that true happiness can only come from within. New experiences feed my creativity and help me to see the world through different eyes. The discoveries that result from traveling to foreign lands, experiencing how different cultures live, and then sharing my experience with the world are all part of my process.

As an artist, I feel that I have a responsibility to bring art into other people’s lives. As a result, I am fulfilled, encouraged, and inspired. Unfamiliar experiences and nature energize me and are evident in my artistic output. Nature, in particular, is a major force in my creative process. I feel most present when I’m connected to nature and creating. This feeling of living in, and for, the moment — being entirely present — is when the magic happens. My art seems to flow, almost subconsciously, out of my body. I have always made an effort to make art that is inclusive and accessible to everyone.

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?
First and foremost, my art is an extension of myself. The choice of medium, colors, shapes, and other elements that I use in my work are in a state of constant flux. I have never been “attached” to any one source of inspiration or method of working than another. Among the things that inspire me, Nature and the Universe play a huge role and are deeply aligned with me, my work and purpose. Something that contributes to my creative endeavors is working on being present in every aspect of my life, from the creation of art, to my yoga practice, and many other things. By working on myself, I am able to extend that to others through my art. My artistic journey has not always taken an easy path, but the total sum of all my experiences has been valuable in many ways. I am grateful to have an amazing support system of loving family and friends.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Some of the places in the vicinity of Los Angeles we could go to include, Topanga Canyon, Ojai, the beach, museums, and outdoor music, yoga events. I would take them to the Self-Realization Lake Shrine near the ocean where there’s a lakeside Meditation Garden with shrines, waterfalls and a hilltop Temple which I love. Other possibilities include a hike in Malibu, and various sites of natural beauty, then dinner and a drink somewhere cool with a terrace. We would also drive along the Pacific Ocean coast to Big Sur, stopping in Monterey and other places with the potential to be an adventure.

 

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Among my sources of inspiration and support, I would like to thank—first and foremost—my incredible mother for always guiding me and encouraging me to follow my dreams fearlessly.

Next, I’d like to thank my sketching teacher at FIDM, Nancy Riegelman. She was—and remains—one of the most influential people in my life and a great source of inspiration in both my life and career. Nancy was a one of a kind, extraordinarily talented, elegant, and sophisticated human being. I have enormous respect and admiration for her and for the manner in which she mentored me. Her kindness and support elevated me to higher levels of being.

Lastly, one of my favorite books and one I return to often, is the Tao Te Ching, written by Lao Tzu more than 2500 years ago. The 81 verses reveal a mystical and practical philosophy for living your life in accordance to nature (a force that has always been an important part of my life). Lao Tzu urges you to see the value in being humble, of staying in harmony with nature, and the value of letting go and trusting the natural flow of universe. My work and life have reached a higher level of spirituality and peace from practicing these ancient teachings.

Website: http://www.domierikato.com
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Image Credits
Luis Aldana Mathew Arnold

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