Creative Life

Interview with Gero Heine

Interview with Gero Heine

By Jessica Johnson I have known Gero Heine since the mid-80s when he was a new student at Aptos High School. With his quick wit, good looks, and thick accent he was hard to miss. Gero didn’t miss a beat and quickly became a true Mariner as he took up the sport of surfing and […]

Interview with Roy Johnson

Interview with Roy Johnson

By Jessica Johnson If you have spent much time in Santa Cruz, chances are good you have seen one of Roy Johnson’s lighting pieces. His handiwork can be seen in local restaurants such as the Shadowbrook, the Crow’s Nest, and Severino’s. He also has stunning begonia-inspired light pieces in the Best Western on 41st Avenue. […]

Fostering The Creative Life

Fostering The Creative Life

By Jessica Johnson My first column for The Creative Life was published in January. Here we are, six months later, and I hope you enjoy reading the column as much as I enjoy meeting and interviewing local makers and creatives for it. One of the things I have learned over the past six months is […]

Interview with Ruby Roxanne Agresta

Interview with Ruby Roxanne Agresta

By Jessica Johnson Ruby Roxanne Agresta has always had a passion for fashion. Ruby is largely known for her blinged-out Ruby Roxanne Designs leather cuffs worn by the likes of James Durbin and Jennifer Love Hewitt. No stranger to the world of runways and Hollywood celebrity events, Agresta remains dedicated to sharing her love of […]

Interview with Janas Durkee

Interview with Janas Durkee

By Jessica Johnson Janas Durkee is, above all else, a storyteller. The youngest of five children born to a farming family in Richmond, Indiana, she earned her MFA at Ball State University. Later, she received a Creative Renewal Fellowship through the Eli Lilly Foundation which allowed her to travel to Africa. Although she originally planned […]

Interview with Cristina Sayers

Interview with Cristina Sayers

By Jessica Johnson Santa Cruz native Cristina Sayers is a self-taught abstract/collage/impasto/mixed media artist whose work is heavily influenced by life along the seashore. Much of her work is an homage to Santa Cruz Count, and if you spend time with her pieces you will see the local referenced through her use of vintage produce […]

Chatting with Dena and Becky Taylor

Chatting with Dena and Becky Taylor

By Jessica Johnson In 1972, Dena Taylor was living in London working as a community organizer when she gave birth to her first daughter, Becky. Born two months premature, Becky weighed just two pounds ten ounces, and spent the first two months of her life in the neonatal unit. When she was 14 months old, […]

The Creative Life

The Creative Life

By Jessica Johnson Pablo Picasso said, “Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” I know many of us have found this to be true. Remember the days of finger paint and play-doh? Or lying on the floor for hours coloring, playing with Legos or Tinker Toys? When […]