We had the good fortune of connecting with Cristina Del Hoyo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cristina, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I wanted to be able to share my art with the world! I also wanted to make it more sustainable and make an income with my art so I can create more art.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
For me art has always been a form of therapy to overcome trauma and difficult times in my life. It is also a way for me to feel connected to others, build community and at the same time it is a tool for personal development as well. When I create in my studio, art helps me to connect with myself. When the art gets to shows, galleries or Instagram and it is shared with the world, I feel connected to people through my art.
It is a beautiful and powerful tool for communication and emotional connection.
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.
Outdoor places like Red Rocks and Strawberry Hot Springs in Steamboat and neighborhoods in Denver like Rino, Highlands and South Broadway.
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?
My husband, Paul Clifton, is a huge inspiration for me. He shows me everyday how to be patient to be able to achieve great things in the long run and how to fight for your passions in life. He is a great person to have by my side in the days I feel lost or discouraged. Being an artist is not easy so having supportive people around you helps a lot. Paul is an amazing educator and social justice advocate.