Beatriz Gomez hails from Venezuela, where rather than playing with fancy toys, she spent her time paying attention to the little things in life. She says the time she had to enjoy the world around her plays a part in all of her paintings, sculptures, collages and murals.
Gomez's mentor was an apprentice to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Mexico's most famous artist couple. A picture of Kahlo and Rivera hang in the sunroom of Gomez's home.
"[My mentor] is one of my inspirations because she was in an accident in her life and she kept going with so many troubles, to walk and to be alive, but she did it," Gomez said.
Gomez's resume includes stage and costume design for international performing artists like Christina Aguilera, Santana and Sting. Many of them now own her artwork.
Gomez is currently a resident artist at the Denver Art Museum, where she mentors children who want to learn more about art and is a regular contributor to CelebrARTE, the Museum's monthly bilingual art program. CelebrARTE highlights the rich heritage of Latinos around the world through interactive family activities.
In her classes, Gomez teaches that art really does imitate life.
"Nothing is a mistake. You might think, 'Oh no, that came out wrong' or 'That doesn't look good,' but you can transform it into something else. There is a reason it turned out that way, and since there is nothing planned, whatever happens is okay," she said.
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Alexis Bridenbaugh contributed to the report