We sat down with young photographer and painter Brinley Ribando to talk about her love for creating, why art is important for people’s life and trying to embrace the simpler things.
When did you know that art and photography was your calling?
I’ve had a deep passion for art starting at a young age. My mother was an artist, and had the most graceful, colorful way of expressing things. My mother was a constant source of inspiration and still is, yet she passed away when I was 6 from cancer. Stemming from the love and admiration for my mother, as well as a sparked interest for creating, I dedicated my life to art.
You work with some different techniques. Can you tell us more about it?
I love experimenting with different mediums and connecting my love of photography to my love of painting. I often use photo collage in my paintings, and plan specific shoots for a project I’m working on.
A lot of your work is about women and nature. What fascinates you about that?
I’ve always been drawn to the beauty and strength of women, especially the women I have in my life. Each person is so distinct and unique, and I often find parallels to that in nature. Gentle, always with flaws but somehow that is what makes it perfect and beautiful.
“I’ve always been drawn to the beauty and strength of women.”
Unfortunately the Covid-19 pandemic significantly also impacted the art and culture industry community. How has this all transformed your daily live?
Covid-19 came as a devastating shock to us all. I have been trying to embrace the simpler things in my life that have lacked appreciation. Finding little joys is what helps me to continue to create everyday.
Can you tell us what little joys you are talking about?
These little joys include walks outside, time spent with myself. I find myself painting much more because of the excess time. I’ve been journaling more which has been a useful creative tool.
And why do you think art is important for people’s life?
Art enriches lives. Right now there is so much sadness that it is important to see something beautiful everyday.
Brinley Ribando photographed by Maddie Spinner
“Finding little joys is what helps me to continue to create everyday.”
How important is social media in the creative arts industry for you?
I often find new creatives through social media, as well as opportunities for exhibitions and collaborations.
Your favorite flower?
My favorite flower is a daisy. I often paint daisy’s, because I find them simply beautiful and the process can be very therapeutic and meditative.
What is the importance of your parents in your life?
My parents are extremely important to me. My mom was my inspiration from such a young age. She allowed my love for art to blossom, and my dad was always extremely supportive.
City or Countryside?
I live in New Orleans which feels like a little bit of both. I love the City because there’s always something to do and see, but I could never live without nature.
What, besides photography and art draws your interest?
I love to travel and hike. I would love to move out West one day, and I try to visit most summers. This summer I hope to go see the Grand Canyon.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
I want to travel as much as possible, and never stop creating. That is what makes my life enriching and full of joy, and to live a joyful life is the most important thing.