A self-portrait of local artist Victor Bizar Gomez. (🎨: Courtesy of Victor Bizar Gomez)
What about Portland inspires you artistically?
The people, really. I’ve been living in Portland for about six years now, and in that time I've found the city to be warm and welcoming. There is a laid back culture in the city that has a certain air of “take it at your own pace” that I really appreciate. I feel like it permeates throughout a lot of things in this city; from how walkable the city streets are in certain areas; to the number of specialty shops that I don’t think could exist anywhere else; to the beautiful forests and mountains that are only a short bus ride away. Even for as long as I’ve been here, there is still so much of this city I've yet to explore, and I'm really excited to get back out and discover new things.
Something I also want to get off my chest is how much I love the Portland art scene, especially the illustration scene. I think it is very underrated and is easily one of the best in the country. There are so many talented people here, and it is very fortunate that there are so many organizations here that exist to help foster other’s visions.
What do you want to bring to this project if you're selected?
For me, I really wanted to shine a light on the collection of people who follow the beat of their own drum in Portland. The drive to go out into the world and to try to be a part of a person’s day in a positive way is something that we could always use more of. That being said, I think there is a lot of credit needed to be given to everyone else in the city.
I think there are always weird people to be found all over the country, but what makes Portland unique is that the community is very acceptive of that weirdness. Human beings are creatures who are meant to make art, because all art is really just a form of communication. If you're someone who wants to go out and do something offbeat, it can be very validating when the people around you see and understand what you are doing, and are positive in response. That to me is something really special.
Where can folks find you online and how can Bridgeliner readers best support your work?
If you're looking for a collection of the hits, then you can find me at my website. I also can be found at Instagram and Twitter. Lastly, I also have an Inprnt account in which you can purchase one of my prints; so if you're in the market for buying affordable pieces of art, stop by there to see if you can find something that speaks to you.
I am always interested in new opportunities, so if you have a project that you think I would be a good fit for, please do not hesitate to reach out.