Manuela Gomes is a busy woman. From commissioned artwork to painting glimpses of Goa, she keeps herself super busy.
It actually took us 2 months to get an interview with her, but it was well worth it.
Let’s jump right in…
Tell us about yourself…
My name is Maria Manuela Mendonca Gomes. I am a Goan artist that paints for a living and it can’t get any better than this!
I live at Porvorim and have a studio in Mapusa. My Instagram handle is – @manuelarrrtista
What was that one moment when you decided that, “That’s it! I want to tell a story via a painting, especially as a Goan artist”
Well, it did not happen overnight, it was a long process. Painting for me didn’t really start out as a means of self-expression but as gaining the confidence to have refined painting skills.
Why become an artist? Why not something else?
I knew this is something I was ready to struggle for as compared to the regular academic options that were presented to me. And fortunately I had an extremely supportive family.
A bit about your role models. Any aspects or traits that makes them so… (can be from the art world too that many people don’t know about)
I really admire the works of Paul Gauguin, I someday hope to paint like him. And I am inspired by the works of Edward Hopper.
What was the biggest challenge when pursuing this as a fulltime career? And how did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge was the idea of pursuing this skill with a mindset of treating it like a hobby. I overcame it by being extremely regular, painting even during the uninspired days and treating it like a full-time job with a designated space and time to finish the tasks.
Another challenge I would like to highlight is lingering too long on an artwork, because art is subjective and you can go on and on, over a painting. I had to overcome the idea of letting go of the painting once it had reached a certain stage just so I could start with the next one.
What role did family and friends play? Any quick incident you recall that helped you overcome a hurdle or challenge in life?
Well I am where I am today because of my super supportive family. I try to make the most of the opportunities given to me by my family and it has helped make this journey a lot more comfortable.
What is the legacy you want to leave behind? And for whom?
Haha, well I haven’t really thought that far ahead, I just try to focus on the next weeks projects, and get through one day at a time.
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