Yenifer Padron, Miami

So we’re going to start with the difficult question: sum up your creative process in one word/phrase, and explain why!

I would phrase my creative process as “outside of the box” because when I’m editing I always challenge myself to think beyond and come up with the most my brain can imagine.

Were you always an artist, even as a child? What was your path to becoming an artist?

Even as a little girl I’ve always felt the urge to express myself. All throughout my life, I experimented with mediums and creative processes, from painting to claymation. In middle school I started editing small pieces on my phone using various apps and later when I got to high school I uncovered a great passion for editing. When I finally raised enough funds to switch to photoshop I upgraded from my phone and now edit on a tablet. I hope to continue growing and upgrading to a bigger processor to work on even bigger projects.

What is your medium of choice and what drew you to this particular medium?

my medium of choice is photoshop. Being exposed to technology at a very young age I was more likely to stumble upon apps of different kinds. I’ve always been very creative and naturally, I floated towards various editing apps and started editing small things without thinking much of it. Once I grew older and was able to self reflect with more wisdom I discovered real love and safe haven in editing. What I love about this medium is the limitless possibilities. One can create anything easily and fast

Is there any particular experience, person, place or thing that inspires you to create? Tell us about that.

I vividly remember as a young girl getting so inspired by the works and illustrations of Tim Burton. For most of my childhood, I felt alienated and misunderstood by everyone around me. I found refuge in the works of Tim Burton, I related to him. He encouraged me to explore my artistic side and find my vision. Though, in today’s time, I try and see inspiration in everything and everyone around me. I think it’s a skill not everyone builds because there’s an inspiration all around us all the time.

What is it like showing your work to people and what do you hope people take away from it?

Showing people my work is always such a rush. I feel the happiest when I watch people of all backgrounds observe my work and see their expressions. I hope people feel a sense of coexisting when they see my works, all of nature correlating in peace and beauty. When I create I always put a little of my own experiences and emotions into my work, so I always hope the viewer relates somehow in their own interpretations.

What advice do you have for other artists who may be looking to get their work exhibited?

The advice I have for other artists is to keep working, keep practicing on your craft. If you don’t see growth you’re doing something wrong. Also to keep in mind that it takes time to really find your vision and set/accomplish goals. Be patient and confident, believe in your work and in yourself.