Feature Friday: Lola Diaz Pascual

If you attended our Starry Pumpkin Canvas & Cocktails night recently, you were one of the lucky ones to experience Lola Diaz Pascual’s first taught class! Lola has been with Art Nest Creative Studio since our launch and has recently celebrated two years being at the studio! Starting out as a volunteer assisting with events, Lola moved up to be an artist apprentice, a camp leader and currently carries out private art tuition. Art Nest was proud to witness this young, emerging artist displaying and sharing the confidence and skills that have been fostered in studio with the wider community. Do you want to learn more about Lola and her art journey? Read on as we have a Q&A session with Lola.

Art Nest :How long have you been an artist?

Lola: My background has been in performance arts and I’ve been doing that for as long as I can remember. I would often involve myself in any performing arts opportunities I had in school, from the drama club to the marching band, and continued performing as a member of the Cayman Drama Society in the most recent musicals, "Footloose" & "Grease". However, it wasn’t until about two years ago that I discovered my love for the visual arts.

Art Nest: What inspired you to pursue visual art/painting as a medium of creativity?

Lola: For me, art was a means of escapism - it allowed me to express myself freely in ways I otherwise wouldn't be able to. I suffered from mild depression and anxiety as a teen and I find that the arts in general, was a form of therapy for me.

Art Nest: How would you describe your style of painting?

Lola: I believe my art style is very diverse, for example, my portraits have some inspiration from the style of Margaret Keane’s "Big Eyes" portraits. When I paint the human body my style is inspired by those of the Florentine Renaissance/Baroque Period. I often find myself painting in the form of abstract, as one of the very first pieces I learned to paint with a brush was Van Gogh’s "Starry Night" at Art Nest. I also often paint from photographs.

Art Nest: What subject matters do you enjoy painting?

Lola: I like painting portraits and the human body. I think portraits capture time and freezes it in the artistic sense. In portrait paintings, one can capture so many more emotions, the face almost becomes a mirror of a person’s soul much like the eyes is a window to it. I enjoy painting the human body, because it expresses the vulnerability we all have once everything we have is stripped from. I think painting the human body also conveys the strength and courage that it takes to face the world like an open book.

Art Nest: Which contemporary or classical artists do you admire?

Lola: I admire quite a few, particularly those from the Florentine Renaissance like Leonardo Davinci, Sandro Boticelli. The "Mona Lisa" and the "Birth of Venus" are a few of my favorite paintings of this era.

Art Nest: Do you feel that as an artist you have to continue to practice honing your skills? If yes, how do you go about doing this?

Lola: As an artist, much like in anything, practice does make perfect, or at least close enough. Art is subjective and open to many interpretations just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder but it is a skill nonetheless that needs to be practiced in order to hone it. I paint every chance I get. I’m now working on sharing my art.