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

Hi Elizabeth, why did you pursue a creative career?
My decision to pursue an artistic and creative career was to share my love of art with everyone and give children a way to express themselves through any form of the arts. I have always been so passionate about creating art whether it’s painting, drawing, creating visual window displays, murals, organizing art shows or events, and running my summer/spring and winter camp. I feel so free when I am able to create something out of nothing! As a teenager growing up, I had to overcome anger issues within myself, and learn to heal from the trauma. Art helped me heal the broken pieces within my spirit, and gave me a voice to express what I couldn’t talk about to others growing up. I lived in South Central and while in Jr. High, I had a few amazing teachers that went above and beyond to make my feel safe, loved and cared for. They provided and unofficial after-school program, where we could play basketball, participate in theatre, cooking, art and allowed us to be safe, away from the gang life. My teachers stayed after-school, didn’t get paid to be there for us, but they were dedicated to create and give that space to us. I was extremely grateful to them and I vowed to myself, that one day, I would create a safe space for children and teens to be a part of like they did for me. That experience became the catalyst for my life, my growth and my mission work.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I love to create and make art! It’s a passion! I love painting, drawing, creating Window Displays, large sized canvas murals, putting together art shows and spreading joy through my art! I love creating art that’s bold and vibrant in colors, mostly Superhero, Mashup, Pop-Culture inspired. I started drawing when I was a little kid and throughout high school to express myself. and I loved planning events. That led me to attending F.I.D.M for college and exposed me to the world of Graphic & Fashion Design, Architecture, and my favorite Visual Communications/Window and Store Displays which I majored in. I loved my time at FIDM because I learned so much about the industry and the retail scene during that time. I eventually got a job working as a Visual Merchandiser for a big retail store for many years, and created such awesome visual scenes throughout the store, telling a story through my art! As an adult, I started painting and creating art when I wasn’t teaching or running my summer camp. It was a great way to meet new people and just be part of the art world. I started looking for art shows that I could participate in, and found that my favorite were themed art shows. My first big art show was a Loteria themed inspired show, and I created nine awesome pop-culture pieces for that show. I sold ALL my pieces that night, all my friends and family came to support me, and I was addicted to creating more art. Every month for a few years after that, I was part of an art show somewhere in the LA area. I met so many talented and creative artists along the way, and it was such a great experience. It also showed me how to put together an art show with the right type of vibe. VIBE IS EVERYTHING!! Running my art business was easier for me than running my summer camp program, because it was just me. So I enjoyed that freedom, where I could just focus on myself during that time. Since it was just me, I pushed myself more and more every time with every art show. I feel like I thrive in situations where I have to think outside the box. Every art show was a magical experience! The lessons that I’ve learned along the way, is that you won’t always get along with everyone you meet, and that’s okay. Let go of your ego. I learned that as long as you are true to yourself and stay in your lane, doors will ALWAYS open for you because you are living authentically. Trust the timing of your life. Don’t be afraid to take risks in your life and with your business. Always bet on yourself! You can have everything you want in your life, don’t allow others to tell you otherwise! Communication is Key, Teamwork makes the Dream work!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love this question, because I’ve been a personal LA tour guide to all my friends that have come to visit from other states and countries. The first thing we would do is go to the Beach to start. I personally love Venice and Santa Monica Beach because of the artistic vibe, but I also love the solitude that is Will Rogers State Beach. I would create a cool picnic at the beach, enjoy and get our zen on! Then we would take a drive in my convertible with the top down of course, drive down PCH and take in the ocean view. Other places we would definitely have to check out would be the Getty, LACMA, The Broad, and MOCA, to experience the art life. We would go to typical touristic places, because let’s be real they are awesome! Let our inner child play! Universal Studios, Disneyland, Downtown Disney, Warner Brothers Studio Tour, Griffith Park Observatory, take a hike while we’re up there too! We would go check out local restaurants like TOI on Sunset for some amazing Thai Food, Urth Caffe for their awesome deserts, and Aroma Cafe for the delicious Tofu bowl! We would definitely hit up the Runyon Canyon Trail and the Culver City Stairs. Another stop on this adventure would be to head out to Hollywood, be a tourist and check out some of the fun museums like Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Wax Museum, Madame Tussauds, take pictures on Hollywood Blvd Walk of Fame, visit the historic Chinese Theater and book a trip on the sightseeing bus and take in the city that way. We would hit up some of the local bars in Hollywood like the Scum and Villainy Cantina that’s inspired by Star Wars and have a drink or two! Grab some dinner at Carousel in Hollywood or Palm’s! We would go catch a Dodger’s Game at Dodger’s Stadium for sure and do a Swan Boat ride in Echo Park Lake. We would go spend a night at the beautiful Westin in Pasadena and enjoy their pool and ambiance that is Pasadena. We would definitely make our way to San Diego and stay at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Hotel that oversees the ocean. We would swim in the pool, lay out catch a tan, have a spa day, and just spend the day or weekend relaxing! We would go eat at King & Queen Cantina in downtown San Diego. Their food and drinks are AMAZING! Presentation is everything! We would also visit the Hollywood Bowl and take in any shows that are available during their visit and hit up some clubs to dance the night away like LA CITA, ELEVATE, MAYAN THEATRE, ROOFTOP AT THE STANDARD, in downtown la, Short Stop or Little Joy in Echo Park, the Avalon in Hollywood, or some fun clubs in West Hollywood.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This shoutout is definitely dedicated to ALL the people, organizations that I have been able to align with on this journey in my life. I specifically need to recognize are Ms. Lathrop and Mr. Andereck, who were the teachers that were the catalyst for my life. They were my 2nd parents while I was in Jr. High and showed me that I can achieve and be anything I wanted. I’d also like to thank every single teacher that I’ve had the privilege of knowing throughout all my years as a student from Elementary-College. I’d like to thank my mom Elena, my dad Oscar (rest in peace), my sisters, Patty, Alexandra and Michelle, the rest of my family, my soul tribe of friends for always being supportive along my journey and never telling me that my ideas were TOO BIG or TOO MUCH. They just allowed me to be ME, because they knew I was going to do whatever I wanted anyways, because my motto is GO BIG OR GO HOME! Thank you for always showing up when I needed you, I want to thank all the colleagues that I’ve had the pleasure of working with in LA’s BEST After-School Enrichment Program, at Monlux Elementary and Temple Beth Hillel, that have taught me so much along the way as well. I want to thank David Wohlstadter and Christine Terry for taking a chance on me when they hired me at Art Camp to work as a Camp Counselor, and then gave me the opportunity to buy the Art Camp years later. I am truly grateful for you both. I want to send a HUGE and HEARTFELT thank you to ALL OF MY ART CAMP TRIBE that have become my 2nd family now. Words cannot describe how much love and respect I have for all of you! You all know who you are! The last big shoutout that I need to make sure I acknowledge is Marie Washington, Nicole Lanzafame, Matt Rivera, Steven Soto, and Ashley Falsnes, who have worked with me tirelessly throughout these past years running Art Camp behind the scenes, front and center, to help me create the most EPIC, fun, safe and nurturing experience for our Art Camp Community of families. THE DREAM TEAM! If you’ve ever crossed my life, I thank you.

Website: www.summerartacademy.com

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