Visual Artist: Painting
My name is Art Gomez, born in California. However, I've been an eight-year resident of the south—starting in Georgia, and now South Carolina where I call home. Though Latin, my mom, an Apache with bloodlines from Arizona—always told me I was her "cheapest baby" since my birth took place at home… She called me, “the talented one,” for helping her save money! Although I toyed with drawing as a child, by high school that talent was shelved when I became a father at sixteen. In short, I never realized my potential until my Army infantry days. Before going overseas, in my barracks, I created a cartoon poster with color pencils that a Major saw, which he purchased for his daughter. Although I offered the piece for free, the officer handed me $35—and ordered me to take it! Three years ago, I finally found the time to indulge more actively in painting and guitar. I admit, I wish I have had some art schooling. In fact, I'm still exploring to find my true forte. But then again, I once heard: "Art is anything you can getaway with…" I hope that’s true! To date, I have held four art exhibits! And the best part is—I sold three paintings at my first show in Augusta, GA in 2011—the year I learned to use paints! Plus, I have donated numerous paintings for auction to worthy fundraisers that support community causes in the south. The last fundraiser event was for Columbia College, SC's gala: http://guitarmusesc.com/guitar-gala-2014/ If you have a worhty community fundraiser event coming up, let me know, I just might be able to help your cause! You can find some of my artwork on display in downtown Lexington, SC at: "The Keg Cowboy." http://www.thekegcowboy.com/ . A fun place to enjoy home made beer—plus wine! My next exhibit will be during the month of July 2014 in downtown Columbia, SC at “Wine Down on Main.” Right across the street from the Art Museum, on Main St: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wine-Down-on-Main/179178182175664?ref=stream .