We had the good fortune of connecting with Cindy Loya and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Cindy, as a parent, what do you feel is the most meaningful thing you’ve done for them?
I am a parent, and I think that the most important thing you can do as a parent is set an example. 3 years after having my daughter, I decided to return to college and complete my degree after 10 years. I felt that completing my degree (which I am still working on) is important, not because of the degree, but because completing something even after years of starting, shows that no matter your age or what happens in your life, you can follow your passions and never give up your dreams.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
It took some time for me to call myself an artist. I always have been creative, and when I first started college, I felt that I was on the right track to become an artist. It wasn’t until I was an parent and returned to school that I found that I was already an artist, but an important aspect of being an artist is having a community of creatives around you. When I started school I focused on my painting again, I made it a point to find my community and started to look around the Denver area to find one. I found a gallery that was looking to mentor an emerging artist, and I decided to join. I felt that this was my opportunity to give it my all to create and create a brand for myself. I decided to take every and any opportunity that I encountered that would foster my art journey and get my vision out there.

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 MCA is always a great small intimate art museum that you can experience. I would also do a gallery hop is possible especially on first Friday, there are some amazing galleries that showcase amazing local art, you can always find art pieces that you can add to your art collection. There are amazing local favorites down that have been part of the Old Denver that should always be visited, like Hope Tank, Gipsy House, Sweet Action and Liks! A show at Red Rocks is always a classic, as well as a hike in nearby parks. Sometimes a nice picnic at City Park or Wash Park to soak up some rays is just great.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family for supporting me and allowing me space to create. My Next Gallery Art Family for giving me an opportunity to make an art community. They are a big part of the artist I am today. One of my biggest mentors is Carlos Fresquez, for always believing and challenging me to keep creating and sharing what I have to say.

Website: www.cindyloya.com

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Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cindy-loya-32383b2a/

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