Julian is a visual artist and a student currently in the progress of attaining his Bachelors of Fine Arts. He has been constantly creating and pushing the boundaries of what we considered art since the age of 13. His work can be viewed @ Julian Peña Studios
|Take risk because you cant grow with out taking risk, but at the same time be smart about it. In other words think before you jump but you must jump!|
I was in a hurry to grow up, I first moved out as soon as I gradated from high school. I lived in Seattle for a year that didn't work out so I moved back in with my parents. I then started dating someone and moved out again. That also lasted a year and when that didn't work I moved back to my parents home one more time. Lol and that was the last time I lived here.
As a kid what did you dream about being when you grew up?
Originally it was a game & fashion designer. I actually went to school for both and it ended up they just weren't for me so I dropped out. I do have interest in both still but you know there is math involved so time to move on. Currently I am pursuing a Bachelors of Fine Arts with major in painting & drawing.
What's a memorable moment from living in your parents home?
I was a trouble maker when I was younger and I butted heads with my stepfather. I would sneak out and in efforts to catch me he installed a camera, a motion detector and flood lights. They were set to go out when I tried to sneak out (which only made my sneakier lol). He also made me get a job when I was 16 which is fine and normal. But I look back at it and wow I worked at Dairy Queen and saved up enough cash to only buy discounted designer items and markers.
Did your parents encourage you to be creative?
They did encourage creativity because they always supported my art habit. I have always drawn and painted, mostly drawn. It was a lot of animation as that was my inspiration at the time. However at the same time my mom would say "why don't you go to school to be a doctor or lawyer, you know something more stable". But wasn't really a battle with them. They totally excepted that I am into art and that art is my life and they support me a 100%.
At this point in your life are you happy were you are at?
I am very happy actually. I have some success with art and I am still in school. I feel I have worked hard in that area and I have a high passion for art & art education. I have particular goals, I do want to be an Art teacher some day but most importantly I want to be a relevant artist...not just any artist I want to be in art history books before I die.
If there is one significant thing in your life right now you could change what would it be?
Not sure that I would change anything. The good and the bad that is what shaped me into the person I am today. There are something things I wish I didn't live through but those moments made me a stronger and more resilient person. I more driven driven due to the things I have lived through.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Winning the best artist of South Sound Magazine two years in a row, pulling off successful art shows while still in school and most importantly still being alive!
If you could go back in time, what would be the one thing you would tell your younger self?
Don't rush to move out & grow up, maybe enjoy the support. Take risk because I feel you cant grow in life with out taking risk. But at the same time be smart about it. I tend to jump in with both feet and that has lead to a few mistakes.
Be on the look out for Julian's new series The Black Period a series of photographic portraits of subjects that work in the sex industry coming the winter of 2104. "Sometimes I look at the surface to see not only my reflection but what's underneath..."