• Meet Gabino Martinez, Painting the Future

     
    FROM THE Fall 2018 ISSUE
     

    Speed painter spins his own destiny while entertaining groups. 

Four years ago, Gabino Martinez watched a video of a speed painter performing live for an audience and decided to try it. He’s been entertaining groups ever since. We caught up with this Forney resident—now at the helm of his own company, Live Speed Painter—to learn more about this art form and his meteoric rise in the private events industry. 

What is your style of speed painting?
I’m the only speed painter in the world who paints on a spinning canvas bigger than 4 feet. It took about a year to figure out a way to create my own style of performance painting for live audiences. Now, I have a custom-built stand that allows me to do back-to-back performances on canvases ranging from 4 feet to 10 feet. 

How do you select the music that plays while you paint?
I’m always being approached by artists who are trying to make it in the music business, who want me to paint to their songs. I’ ve started collaborating with local and international recording artists on projects involving my speed painting and their up-and-coming music. 

What do you enjoy about performing?
The look of amazement from everyone, and the sense of inspiration that everyone seems to get from watching my performances.

How do you decide what to paint?
It all starts with a song. Either the lyrics, storyline or the beat inspires me to create something to it. There are very few speed painters in the world, and most are doing the same style. I decided that if I was going to enter the entertainment field, I was going to create my own unique style that no one has done before. 

You’d be hard-pressed to find a better champion of Amarillo than Hope Stokes, director of brand management for the Amarillo Convention & Visitor Council. Born and raised in the Texas Panhandle city, she graduated from nearby West Texas A&M University and her first job in the tourism industry was as an intern at the council. Stokes shared with us her love of her hometown.

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Texas is bursting with history.  Ever  wonder how the authenticity and legacy of those landmarks are maintained and upheld for everyone to enjoy? It’s thanks to individuals like Pamela Jary Rosser, Alamo conservator. A ninth generation Texan, Rosser was born in San Antonio and has a degree in fine arts and art history. She studied conservation in Italy with a team that worked on the Sistine Chapel, as well as Mission Concepcion and Mission San Jose. Rosser was kind enough to share her passion for history with us.

 

Gail Davis, founder and president of Dallas-based GDA Speakers, was working in corporate training for EDS when the phone rang. “One of my mentors called me and said, ‘There’s a position in the events department, and I think you should do it. It would be so easy for a working mom,’” says Davis, before adding wryly, “It was clearly someone who had never planned events.”