Franceska Gamez, artist & co-owner of 1810 Gallery. 14th Street, Sacramento.
I am a muralist. I'm also a sculptor and installation artist. I also co-own the 1810 Gallery. We do our best to uplift, underrepresented, marginalized, and emerging artists. Murals are like my main bread and butter. I had seven or eight gigs canceled. Internally I was defeated. When the lockdown hit I was terrified. Physically and mentally I wasn't prepared. Between the work cancellations, the fear of my family and for the world, it was really hard for me to get into things creatively. I don't ever want to live in a state of denial for happiness sake. I also don't want to get caught in the depressed state of living in the unknown. I still am trying to be super positive and hopeful that this too shall pass. You can't manifest it if you can't even visualize it.