By Lupe Duran |Staff Writer|
When people think about art they tend to immediately think about paint and a canvas, not realizing that art isn’t restricted to certain tools.
CSUSB student Betty Pineda spent her entire life knowing she wanted to be an artist.
Over the years she dabbled into painting and drawing, but her true passion was in graphic design.
“I love fashion and creating logos,” Pineda said, “those two things, and the number of messed up ads out there that I could do better, are what lead me to wanting to be a Graphic Design and Marketing major.”
Aside from fashion, Pineda finds inspiration in music and graffiti. Her talented graffiti is displayed in parking lots where the art is legal.
Although she’s unable to determine exactly how many pieces she’s created over the years let alone choose a favorite, Pineda greatly focuses on her graffiti work which features word art, specifically nicknames.
“While fashion and music do influence me, I think one of my biggest inspirations is life itself,” Pineda said, “I can hear a funny joke and somehow translate it into my design.”
Carrying her love for fashion into her plans for the future, Pineda hopes to start her own clothing company in which she will most likely implement her favorite type of urban fashion with a skater twist.
Eager to venture out into the clothing business, Pineda has already designed her clothing line’s logo, which reads “A.M.F.” and stands for “At Most Fear.”
“It usually takes about a week to finish a design,” Pineda said, “but I really took my time with my logo, really focused on the quality and ended up taking about three weeks to finish it.”
Pineda’s logo design is set to be featured in the 43rd Annual Student Art Exhibition on display from June 15 – July 31 at the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art.
Among Pineda’s inspirations and aspirations there are other artists that inspire her in one way or another.
“I would say my favorite artist is Andy Warhol,” Pineda said.
“He just went all out and even though his work was kind of weird he did his thing and eventually people loved it.”
Pineda also mentioned God as one of her favorite artists, stating that every pattern in the world, like that on wood and leaves, were all created by Him.
Already taking her talents to great heights, Pineda has designed various articles of clothing, including shirts and hats that are available online at www.atmostfear.bigcartel.com.
While her dreams of starting her own clothing line may be big on her mind as she prepares to graduate in the coming days, Pineda admits that she’s currently considering getting her Master’s and becoming a professor.
“Art is anything a human touches,” said Pineda, “if you can effectively communicate to someone what you feel on a canvas or a design, you’re an artist.”
Perhaps an artist such as Pineda will find great success as a professor. Considering her definition of what qualifies as art may spark something within people who never considered they may be artists.