Today we’d like to introduce you to Betina Reyes.
Hi Betina, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I am a visual artist/creative originally from the Philippines, now based out of Baltimore, Maryland. From a young age, I discovered my passion and love for art. Although my parents are both artistic people, they never pursued art—their parents had convinced them there was no money in art and to start a career in the medical field. Being the stubborn person I am, I decided to follow my dreams. I’m a firm believer that if you focus on your passion, the money will come.
While attending CCBC and Morgan State University, I switched my focuses from Interior Design, Graphic Design, and Illustration— just to name a few. I was constantly evolving as an artist, trying different methods and mediums, sparking new interests and ideas. In 2017, I took a break from school, and slowly work consumed my life. I had lost touch with myself, leaving art on the back burner.
I realized that I didn’t necessarily miss school, but I missed being around like-minded individuals and the environment— inspiration was everywhere and it encouraged me to constantly produce. In late 2018, I finally decided to switch jobs to give me the time and freedom to tap back into my art. During this time, I also decided to work with Art with a Heart to share my love for art with kids in Baltimore City schools while building up my collection. In April of 2019, I finally made my debut back into the art scene, showcasing my art in DC at a Creativity Mindful event.
Since then, I have not let anything get in the way of pursuing my passion for art ever again. I have tried my hand in just about everything— from videography, photography, painting, graphic design, to launching my merchandise line and website this past March.
To this day, I am still learning, growing, and evolving as an artist. I can’t wait for y’all to see what I have in the works, and I’m excited for what’s to come! It’s only up from here!
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
There have been challenges along the road, for sure. Creating and maintaining an environment where you are feeding your creative mind and finding inspiration is something I strive to keep consistent, which at times is challenging when trying to still keep a good balance between my art, personal/social life, and my job.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I have tried my hand in just about everything, but my main focus right now is painting and my merchandise line. Launching this merchandise line back in March has been such a great learning experience.
I am involved in every aspect of my business- from the designs, product photos, marketing, website maintenance, managing inventory, and shipments, etc.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: breyesart.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/calledereyes/?hl=en