We had the good fortune of connecting with Vivian Capulong and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vivian, how do you think about risk?
I have probably said, “I don’t know, I’ve never done this before” more times than I care to admit. Whether it be experimenting with a new art technique or moving to a new city, I’ve always been down to try new things. For me, risk has exposed skills and capabilities I didn’t know I had. It gave me more confidence to branch out of my comfort zone and discover new limits that I’ll eventually overcome. While I’m all for taking chances, I also have a more cautious and calculated approach. Weighing pros and cons sheds light on different perspectives of a situation, and that usually factors into my decision making. However, after all the careful and thorough research, I just let my intuition guide me through uncharted territory. If it feels right, then it’s typically right. If not, then I’m in for a valuable life lesson.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I love to paint portraits, and I use vibrant colors and abstract patterns to highlight the emotion in my paintings. I’m inspired by the people, dreams, and experiences I’ve encountered in my life. That said, I love to fuse all those things together into a piece. 2020 propelled me to immerse myself in art, to embrace the creation process and challenges that come with it. I’ve been blessed with new opportunities that forced me out of my comfort zone this year, and I’ve learned a lot along the way. One of my favorite pieces was this mural I did for my cousins’ plant shop in Union City, CA (shoutout to California Plantin’!!). Seeing the potential on a blank wall and trusting my vision was a big leap of faith. And I’m glad I was able to make that jump. This mural was special because not only was it made for family, but it was also a depiction of what I was going through during that time. I’m humbled by the kind words that people have said about that mural and very grateful for the experience to work on something like this.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We’re hitting up all the food places: Oo-Kook for some KBBQ, MoguMogu Mazemen, Hot N Juicy Crawfish, Kazunori, EMC Seafood, Coco Ichibanya for some Japanese curry, and etc. And then, Toes Beach to skate and walk off all the food.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
All of my family and friends! They’re the greatest hype team, my biggest support, and the guiding voices that lead me to the light at the end of the tunnel. I also wanted to shoutout to my fellow designer colleagues: Jon, Blake, Aaron, and Mike, who constantly remind me creativity knows no boundaries.