Hi, F. Luis Mora, Could you tell us a bit about your background and what led you to pursue painting?

I was born in 1874 in Montevideo, Uruguay, and my family moved to the United States when I was a child. My father was a successful sculptor, which provided me with early exposure to the arts. I was drawn to painting from a young age and pursued my passion with formal studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and later at the Art Students League in New York. My diverse cultural background and experiences in both Uruguay and the United States have deeply influenced my artistic perspective.

How would you describe your approach to art and the development of your style?

My approach to art is characterized by a blend of academic tradition and a more modern, impressionistic style. I've always been interested in capturing the essence of my subjects, whether it’s in portraiture, landscapes, or genre scenes. Over the years, I've strived to infuse my work with a sense of realism and emotional depth, often focusing on the everyday life and people around me.

What inspires you to choose the subjects that you do?

I am inspired by the world around me – the people, the landscapes, and the dynamic cultures. My work often reflects a fascination with everyday scenes and the lives of ordinary people. I aim to capture not just the physical likeness of my subjects but also their inner life and emotional state. This interest extends to my landscape work, where I try to convey the atmosphere and mood of the setting.

Could you elaborate on how you approach color in your work?

Color is a vital element in my work. I use it to convey mood and atmosphere, carefully considering the interplay of light and shadow. My color palette tends to be rich and varied, reflecting the vibrancy of the scenes I depict. I enjoy experimenting with color combinations to achieve a sense of harmony and balance in my compositions.

Lastly, what advice would you give to aspiring artists who look up to your work?

To aspiring artists, I would say: be true to your vision and constantly seek to improve your craft. Study the masters, but also be open to new ideas and techniques. Art is a lifelong journey of learning and exploration. Pay attention to the world around you and draw inspiration from it. Most importantly, put your heart and soul into your work; it’s the passion that distinguishes good art from great art.