We had the good fortune of connecting with Samuel Dominguez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Samuel, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
It has a huge roll in my life/career. I get so much motivation and inspiration when I take on projects that I wouldn’t usually go for. You’ll never know how much potential you have until you take those risks. Getting intimidated from art is normal. When i finish a project that once challenged me, the feeling and benefits I get from it fuel my art.
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.
Well I would say my art is very abstract but yet easy on the eyes. Paintings to large scale murals is what I’ve been working on lately. My main medium is acrylics at the moment, but I don’t like to limit myself to just one thing. I experiment with whatever I can get my hands on.
My art has an organic feel, with a wide range of vibrant colors and techniques. It definitely has it own style and feeling. When art can make you feel a certain way I’ve done my job. The feelings you get when you connect with art is something else. It makes me proud to know that people can tell my art by my style.
I had a long journey of trying to figure out exactly what I wanted to do in the art world. Grew up drawing with influences from an older cousin who was into graffiti. My dad was also an artist with with influences from my older cousin at Academy Of Art University for Graphic Design in San Francisco. I went for a few years and started to lose love in it after the second year.
I realized I was more into fine art painting. I couldn’t see myself sitting at a desk for those long hours and probably doing art that I didn’t enjoy. I get more enjoyment In art when Im getting my hands dirty working.
Don’t get me wrong though, going to art school and seeing all the different sides of the industry helped me figure out exactly what I wanted to do. Not the mention all the great artist I’ve met along the way.
Having pressure with deadlines are one of the challenges that motivates me the most. Knowing that I have a certain time to complete a project puts the right amount of pressure on me. I always end up learning something on the end, like new techniques to speed up your work.
I learned that taking risk is literally what keeps me going. Taking on bigger jobs or to work with a certain style that your not familiar with. I realize that not everyone is gonna like my art or appreciate it, so I just keep it going. These issues will only block my creative process.
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?
The San Francisco Bay has so much to offer. I would start by doing a tour of all my favorite restaurants. I am a big foodie so I will just list some of my favorites.
Shanghai Dumpling King
There’s also so many amazing gallery’s and music venues to explore.
Would probably end the day at the beach or laying out at one of the many parks around the city.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I wanna give this shoutout to my close friend and creator Elliott Alexander. We have worked together on many projects and art shows. He has gave me so much support and encouragement through out my art career and I can’t thank him enough. 🙏🏽