“Art is like my life force. When I am freely creating it, my spirit soars, I feel connected to all things including my true self. It allows me to heal, to love, to express my innermost feelings.”
These are the words said by Francella Salgado, the tattoo artist-painter-entrepreneur who was voted Best Artist by our readers.
Salgado has received awards in different categories at national tattoo conventions, including three best in show titles. Her tattoo work, murals and paintings surround themes that are ethereal, symbols of strength and a nod to horror classics.
Whether it is operating out of her home base at Dreadful Things or taking her talents to the road, Salgado’s distinct taste and undeniable talent reflect not only on herself but on her community as well.
“I have a huge sense of gratitude to the community for their support in my work and I am happy to be a small representation of the El Paso art community,” Salgado said. “Art can be vulnerable and being vulnerable to the public can otherwise be difficult.”
Her journey to reflect and share her vulnerabilities is far from over, Salgado said.
“You can’t be stuck and comfortable in the same place in life and expect change. There has to be a certain trust in the Universe that everything you want is happening and to just keep going until you get there.”
Instagram: @ArtByFrancella, facebook.com/DreadfulThings
Runner-up: Bobby Gallagher – BobbyGallagher.net, Instagram: @bobby_gallagher