Imitating Life: Posing questions to local artist Ricky Romero

Cory Bilicko Managing Editor Twenty-two-year-old Richard “Ricky” Romero says making art helps him find balance in life, especially since competitive boxing can be pretty stressful. Considering he got involved in the sport, which requires constant maintenance of one’s weight and frequent training, at the age of 10 and began his art-making shortly thereafter, it appears…

Imitating Life: Posing questions to artist Lara Meintjes

Cory Bilicko Managing Editor Born in a hospital in Durban, South Africa, 30-year-old artist Lara Meintjes now lives in Belmont Heights, which seems a far cry from her roots. “My family lived on a small holding outside the city, where I had a pet cow and several, ever multiplying, rabbits,” she says. Asked to identify…

Posing questions to local artist Bruce Barlow

Cory Bilicko Managing Editor Artist Bruce Barlow has a lot of interests– taxidermy, astronomy, entomology, zoology and music among them– and they all overlap and play roles in his work. The Oakland native has been a consistently working special-effects make-up artist for decades (his IMDB page dates back to 1986), but his non-cinematic art began…

Photographer captures the essence of her ‘ZenMind’

Ashley Fowler Staff Writer When photographer Valeria Pereira-Howell walked into It’s a Grind in Signal Hill, I was immediately taken aback by her smile. It wasn’t her perfect teeth, though she’s worked as a dentist for more than 20 years. Her smile struck me to be so much like her photos, warm and full of…