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Art & Life with Gwen Juarez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gwen Juarez.

Gwen, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I became interested in photography in 9th grade. It was a hobby of both my parents and my sister, but I just wasn’t interested at first. I attended a brand-new high school and all of the clubs and organizations were just getting started. A friend dragged me to a Yearbook/Newspaper meeting. The faculty sponsor told us he was looking for photographers and I told him I could shoot. I had never used a real camera in my life! When I got home from school, I told my parents I was going to be a photographer for the yearbook and newspaper. They nearly went ballistic! They gave me a crash course that night and sent me to school the next day with a camera around my neck.

I majored in music in college and made a living as a musician for many years, but always kept up with photography as a hobby. A friend was looking at my photos one day and loved them. She suggested that I take a course in portrait photography to supplement my income. So, I did, plus courses in landscape, family, macro, low light photography, etc.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I’m a photographer and musician. I don’t specialize in one type of photography or music because I love shooting and playing all styles. I don’t shoot photos to make a social statement or make people think deep thoughts. I just hope my photos and my music bring joy to others. There’s not enough joy in this world. You don’t have to be a member of a certain political party or religion to enjoy my art. I just hopes it can be a kind of common ground.

Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
If you have a passion for any kind of art, don’t wait to get started honing your craft. Find the time somehow to learn more and create. Perseverance is the key!

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can view samples of my work at my home website: You can buy prints and other photo gifts at: I also have a Flickr page: Facebook: Gwen Juarez Photography (mostly event photos).

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Image Credit:
Artie Villasenor, Derek Sonnier.

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