Where is your favorite travel destination?
I’ve had the opportunity to travel to a few places; therefore, only being able to pick one is difficult. Each destination has a special place in my heart and primarily my palate because food helps create memories. I won’t deny it; my main objective when I travel is comida. With that being said, Mexico City, London, Rome, Paris, Yellowstone and the Redwoods in Northern California are some of the places I’ve enjoyed and would like to go back to as soon as I can. But first, I need to go check out some other places.
What architect/artist/designer inspires you and why?
There are two artists that I admire for what they were able to do. The first is James Whistler and his painting Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (1874). He was singled out by John Ruskin, condemning the painting as not being art. Whistler and Ruskin went to court, where “art for art’s sake” became a topic. This comes to show, that there will be people in any field or industry that will set standards on what should and shouldn’t be. As long as you fight for what you believe in, things can change. The other artist is Chaim Soutine and his painting Carcass of Beef (1925). I was able to see this painting and what struck me the most were the colors. It was vivid, intense and layered. The blue background and red from the meat show passion, almost on the verge of obsession. This shows me that it doesn’t matter what we do; it has to be done with dedication and sometimes raw emotion.