First-time Open Studios artist Jaime Sanchez shares a little about his background, inspiration, and process.

Tell us about you as an artist. What’s your background in art-making?

Art is the thread that ties all aspects of my life into one identity. I am a Chicano artist. I believe that I was made so that I would make art that helps heal the world. I began making art regularly and as a life practice in 1999 when I was stationed in Okinawa, Japan serving in the Marines. I have been practicing art for 20 years.

Tell us about your artwork and process today. Is there a particular artwork or project that you’re most proud of?

I draw with mixed media.  My approach is exploratory and freestyle in method. My style is characterized as abstract free-form: patterns, shapes, symmetry, contrast, color, balance and sometimes violent rhythm. I’m most proud of my murals at Pajaro Valley High School. These murals changed the campus and injected energy into the whole quad area. The mural wall to the gym reads JUSTICE.

This was your first year as an Open Studios artist – what was your favorite part?

My favorite part of participating in Open Studios was interacting with my wonderful guests. I feel a great sense of achievement to have shown my art to so many people.

 How long have you lived in Watsonville? Do you have a favorite spot?

I have lived in Watsonville for 38 years. My favorite place is the beach. My favorite part about living in Watsonville is that I feel at ease here- it’s peaceful. Watsonville is a diverse city with a lot of love for a wide variety of people and cultures.

Anything else you’d like us to know about you and your work? 

Thank you to my family, friends, artist, supporters and community for participating in the gift of art. I love my life as an artist and I’m so thankful for being made for this.

See more of Jaime Sanchez’s work here.

Photo credit: Maria Gitin

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