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Art & Life with Paula Viray Tran

Today we’d like to introduce you to Paula Viray Tran.

Paula, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Ever since I was a kid, I loved anything to do with art. Whether it was coloring, drawing, painting, creating random things in Microsoft Paint, or watching Bob Ross on television. Although I enjoyed doing all that, it never crossed my mind that I would be some type of creative when I grew up. I was either going to be a physical therapist or a pro basketball player. Obviously, I didn’t end up being either of those. During my senior year of high school, I randomly decided to take an elective class called Advertising Graphic Design. I wasn’t sure what it was, but I took it anyway because the term “Graphic Design” intrigued me. After a semester of taking the class, I started looking up colleges that offered Graphic Design as a course and the rest is history. I graduated from Sam Houston State University with a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) majoring in Graphic Design.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I’m a Graphic Designer. I create all kinds of digital and print media. I create posters, flyers, social media graphics, logos, and motion graphics. Most of my work is done on the computer using Adobe software. However, a lot of my pieces start out with pen and paper. I like to sketch out all of my ideas as if I’m taking notes for a research paper. My message or inspiration always depends on the subject matter or the voice I’m trying to convey. A lot of the pieces that I enjoy creating the most are ones that have meaning to myself or things that other people can relate to. I like to design things that are not just pleasing to look at, but also something that stirs some type of emotion in others.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
My one advice would be to not be shy about making comments on a fellow artist’s or designer’s piece. You can also ask questions about it. Sometimes it’s a good conversation starter.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
A lot of my work can be seen on my online portfolio,, Instagram, and Dribbble. My username for Instagram and Dribbble is paulapino. I always appreciate a like if someone genuinely enjoys something I created.

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