Rock climbing attracts all manners of people. Artists make a significant contribution to the climbing community. The Touchstone gyms enjoy celebrating the amazing artwork that many locals climbers produce. From the great photography of Dan Mottaz at Mission Cliffs to the artistic work of Andreina Davila at Ironworks, amazing art work hangs on the walls of all of the Touchstone gyms.
This month, Andreina Davila’s work is displayed at Ironworks. Davila was born and raised in Venezuela in 1977. Davila, a painter of 6 years, splits her time between her art and her role as Creative Director for the Diabetes Hands Foundation, a nonprofit organization she co-founded in 2008.
Since 2007, Davila has shown her work in numerous venues in the US, most recently participating in a Live Mural for the United Nations Summit in New York. Currently listed in the Alameda County Arts Commission Registry and the BayVan Artist Registry, she sees public art as an important part of city growth, and hopes in time to evolve her practice to engage the community at a urban scale.
The BotanINK studies, her latest series of botanical studies, depict the fragile balance of life and nature through dots and ink. “I am drawn to plants and their intrinsic ability to find their way, non-stop, quiet yet steady… strong and fragile. From trees to moss, they are wild and peaceful.”
“Alive and changing, my work is evolving. Life is a gradual process of change. So, if paintings (frozen in time) could capture that organic process. That is what I want my art to be.” Stop by Ironworks and check out Davila’s work at Ironworks and help support the artist of the climbing community.