We had the good fortune of connecting with Paula Teixeira and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Paula, how do you think about risk?
When the subject is taking risks, my life could be a good example of it. Since I left Brazil, with no idea what I would face in the states, I face risks in a total different way now. I just knew one thing, I want to be able to work what I love. What’s going to take to be there, I didn’t/don’t know. I’ve been learning every single day, how the art world works, and one of the things I clearly know now, is that if I don’t try I’ll never know. And trying something knew out of you comfort zone is a risk that not everyone is willing to take.
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.
I’m an artist. Since I can remember I’d be drawing or painting something. Around 6 years old, I’d draw outfits that I’d see in fashion magazines. I’d spend hours in my room creating outfits and different types of manikins. That habit caught my parents attention and they decided to sing me in fashion design school. I loved it. I loved everything about those 3 years. I learned a lot about drawing. But when I was done with it, I got to know the fashion designer real world. Which I didn’t like much. At that point I didn’t know what I was going to do anymore. I was frustrated that I have dedicated 3 years of my life to something that in fact wouldn’t bring me happiness.
So I jumped to graphic design. Cool, but I definitely wasn’t born to work behind a screen the whole day.
There was when my best friend and I decided to work with art. We didn’t have much direction on how to do it. But we knew that’s what we wanted. And we did! For almost three years we worked with murals back in Brazil. Mostly with Calligraphy. And that was something that would make me happy. A year goes by and life brings me to Denver. I couldn’t think about other thing but starting my own mural business. I changed my focus, for something I always wanted to try. Botanical painting.
I want to express nature through my art. I want the world to see how I see, how the nature beauty can be so extensive.
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?
This would actually be a dream coming true. But, I’d take my best friend to RiNo street, for sure, than have lunch at II Posto. We love Italian food. Second day we would go to Denver art museum. Walk around downtown. And have dinner at 54thirty rooftop. On the third day we would go to Aspen and hike some mountains.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My father. When I look back to my story, he is the one that would always encouraged me to chase my dreams and give my best, regardless of what my role was. If I am where I am right know is because he is the one who most believe that I could achieve my dreams.