I visited local artist and photographer Andrew Pastor at The Natural Motion Art Collective. Surounded by beautiful art, clothes, and enlarged prints, we discussed the art scene in Santa Cruz and Andrew’s artistic passions. Later that week, I saw him at the Capitola Art and Wine Festival. Andrew’s booth was a popular attraction and he showed me a few prints that he had recently sold. The quality of his work and his eye for photography inspired me to dig a bit deeper into the world of Andrew Pastor.
SCW: What inspires you to become the artist you are today?
Andrew: Ever since I first started my passion for photography I’ve always been inspired by the natural beauty of the world around me, especially in Santa Cruz. I’m very fortunate to grow up in a place with an amazing coastline, great weather and killer sunsets. Some of the best sunsets I’ve ever seen have been in Santa Cruz and that’s what really inspires me to shoot. I love the clouds and the sky; it’s something that I really try to emphasize in my photographs.
SCW: How has living in Santa Cruz help shape your art works?
Andrew: Living in Santa Cruz has molded and created my artistic passion. Growing up here I’ve had a chance to see the natural beauty of this area and many local secretive spots that I like to photograph. I’ve been very lucky and fortunate to live here all my life. The weather, the ocean, and the forests inspire me and make me want to take photos to capture moments that I would like to remember and share with others.
SCW: Working on any new stuff lately?
Andrew: I’m constantly working on new designs for my clothing line and thinking of new creative ways to display my artwork. I will be launching some new designs in the upcoming weeks. They will be available at my retail store the Natural Motion Art Collective on Portola.
Andrew: I own and operate The Natural Motion Art Collective and run the Doja print house at 3912 Portola Dr. There you will find many local artists displaying artwork and clothing. The collective is open to host any artist willing to sell work on consignment. I really want to promote artwork in Santa Cruz especially local artists who don’t have a place to show or sell work. I feel it is important to make young inspiring artists feel comfortable about selling their work and getting into the art industry.
SCW: Who do you feel is a really good local up and coming artist?
Andrew: Selena Zontos of Skavenge Art is insanely talented. She’s coming up fast in Santa Cruz participating in many first Friday events and gallery showings. Her artwork is amazing she’s also painted the inside of my retail shop. She is killing it and she’s destined to succeed because of her determination and hard work and one-of-a-kind unique artwork.
Taylor Rienhold has been around for quite some time. He’s one of Santa Cruz’s leading underground muralists; he is the leader of the Made Fresh Collective and does some amazing artwork. His style is so unique and he creates some eye-catching colorful and in-your-face artwork. His work depicting animal creatures combined with inspiration from his travels around the world have made him an all-around insane artist.
Andrew: Mexican is my favorite so any restaurant that has that.
SCW: Who is your target demographic?
Andrew: My target demographic is anyone who wants to wear cool custom one-of-a-kind clothing made by Santa Cruz artists that represents their own style and unique ways. Whether you like bright colors and eye-popping designs or dark low-profile clothes, we have everything for all ages at the Natural Motion Art Collective.
SCW: We saw some really cool multicolored hoodies. Can you explain the artistic style that went into that hoodie?
Andrew: There is a lot of time and effort put into those custom hoodies. Each hood and pocket is sewn together with a different color combination of fabric and thread making them one of a kind to each design that is represented on the hoodie. I also make them to order, so if anyone has a specific color pattern that they want on them, I can make them even more custom by letting customers choose there colors.
Andrew: I would like to thank everyone that has supported my dreams and goals. Good praises about my work have inspired me to keep progressing and evolving my dream. I also want to thank Selena and Taylor for killing it with the murals at my new retail location The Natural Motion Art Collective located at 3912 Portola Dr. I have been able to work with some great people the last few years as I have built up my company. Thanks to Natalia Lockwood for always killing it at photo shoots and for organizing events. Thanks to all my friends and family for there ongoing support.
SCW: Great, thank you so much for answering our questions.
Andrew: Thank you.
Check out The Natural Motion Art Collective at: http://naturalmotioncreations.com/index.html
Photos provided by Andrew Pastor
Article by Jack Neenan