Beatrice Garcia is a Gibraltar based fine artist and illustrator. She has a first-class degree in Finance and combines her artistic skills with her finance mindset. She has exhibited internationally with exhibitions in Gibraltar, Madrid and London.
Before we start, can you share with me some details about you and your path?
I’m a fine artist and illustrator who specialises in painting architecture. Art has been part of me my whole life, but I have always struggled with my logical left-hand brain and my creative right-hand brain so for a period of 6 years I studied and worked in finance before then concentrating fully on my art. I don’t see this background as something negative however. I think my strong finance background has helped me to create strong, proportional compositions.
What does your work aim to say?
I believe strongly that the buildings around us have a role in shaping us and inform who we are as people; with our behaviour adapting in order to fit our surroundings. I’m especially passionate about the conversation of buildings of cultural and heritage importance. My art aims to draw attention to the beauty of architecture around us and encourage people to marvel at it.
What role does the artist have in society?
Art has always historically been used as a tool to encourage change. It can help to push an agenda and encourage other to act. In this world of Instagram and social media we are becoming increasingly more visual as individuals. As a result, the artist has a very important role in helping to shape people’s attitudes and draw attention to important topics through their artwork.
What art do you most identify with?
I appreciate artwork that is figurative and slightly abstracted. Whilst there is tremendous skill involved in creating artwork that looks almost photographic, I prefer artwork that doesn’t look photo realistic and instead has been interpreted and styled by the artist’s unique voice.
Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?
I consider myself an extroverted person so I do find sometimes that spending all my time alone painting can be a lonely activity. However, I combat this by connecting with other creatives on platforms such as The Dots and also giving myself lots of client meetings which gives me the opportunity to interact with others.
What do you dislike about the art world?
I don’t like that it can sometimes be pretentious. That said, most of the time it isn’t at all and instead it is full of open-minded people with exciting ideas.
Name something that you love and why.
I absolutely love Chef’s Table on Netflix. The perfect marriage of food and art.
What is your dream project?
To work with UNESCO, painting and documenting their entire collection of World Heritage sites.
How do you maintain inner peace?
My daily yoga practices.