FA: I come from a graphic design background which I think you can notice in my work. My lines are symmetric, with geometric shapes and very colorful. Although over time, it is getting more and more organic, and I think this is because my other love is painting. I would describe myself as a graphic animal, and I love to live and experiment all about it.
CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
FA: All I see, I hear, I feel, I think is an influence and inspiration for my work.
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?
FA: First, every time I get a new order, there is much excitement. Then I first read the briefing, and start to think of the best way to communicate the desired idea. I make the first sketches, very small ones, only to explore ideas. Once the most appropriate is chosen, there comes a more advanced sketch and I start to develop the final art work, usually with illustrator and Photoshop. And all along this process, I experience: doubts, joy, fatigue, pleasure. Every illustration is a wonderful experience.
CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?
FA: I hope to wake up feelings, emotions, ideas! I just hope.
FA: Working as a freelancer from my home studio, means that I have my two great loves under one roof: My family, with 2 wonderful children, and my work, and when these two mix, which is something that often happens, my life may become very chaotic. But somehow or other, it works! In my situation, to define priorities, is a very important thing to do.
CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?
FA: When it is a personal artistic task, it is very enjoyable to act on impulse, but, when it comes to assignments, you need to follow some direction, and within these directions / limits, you can find also a lot of freedom.
CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?
FA: Enjoy the process and be true to your self.
CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?
FA: It is useful, but I’m not sure it is of highest importance.
CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?
CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?
FA: I love all of it, except the paperwork (administration).
CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?
FA: Gabriel Pacheco, Jan Van Der Veken, Quentin Blake, Al Hirschfeld, Diego Rivera, Sam Vanallemeersch, among Others.
CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?
FA: Analog and digital, is now on the menu, apart, or mix it …and enjoy.
CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?
FA: I think so, and an accountant can perceive life in a different tone too, which is fantastic, the diversity is the key.
CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?
FA: Very much, my favorite city is Oaxaca, Mexico.
FA: Author: Italo Calvino, Juan Rulfo, Isabel Allende. Fantastic literature and art books are my favorites.
CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?
FA: I just wrote my first children’s book, and now I am illustrating it. I’m very excited about it.
CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?
FA: Do what I love to do is an inexhaustible fountain of happiness and comfort.
CH.89: What’s the last song you listened to?
FA: Caetano Veloso: Vuelvo al Sur
CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?
FA: A touch of joy with a sauce of elegance.