This is My Story
My Ultimate Goal: To join a UX team creating something amazing. To support them with a multidisciplinarian vision and content creation.
Born into Art:
I was born into an artist family in the city of Lima, the capital of Peru. My mother is an artist and graphic designer, my father an artist and illustrator, my stepfather was a famous calligraphist. My nonna was a ceramicist and Ikebana master. My aunt an interior designer, my uncle and my stepmother musicians. My cousin did antique art restoration.
During my early years, whenever I said “I’m bored”, I was handed art and design supplies, art books, graph paper, rubber cement, pencils, etc. I learned how to create logos alongside filling in coloring books and making collages. I absorbed the fundamentals of color theory, design and perspective early on.
Learning to write cursive “the right way” was an experience I’ll never forget. The same goes for creating scenes on used Canson sheets discarded by my dad’s students. My mother taught me the rules of proportion and how important white oil paint is on your palette.
In the last year of High School, I sold my first painting at the age of 17.
I worked in theater, film and fashion for 10 years.
Sometimes I was the stand-in.
Becoming a Writer and Owning a Bar:
Alongside doing art, I also wrote stories. When I finished High School and it was time to decide if I would go to Art School or not, I decided against it. I studied Humanities and Philosophy at Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya in Lima, Peru.
Soon after, my nomad lifestyle began and I opened a coffee shop/bar in the mountain city of Cusco. My fire-colored brand was born with this cafe. It was called El Pi Shop and we sold pies and there were pi symbols everywhere. While I lived there I wrote a column for the local English Newspaper called “The Cusco Weekly”.
When I was 20, tending to customers in my cafe I thought I had lived SO MUCH and what else could there be in life. Now at 43, I feel like I haven't done nearly enough of all I'd like to do.— Orana 🥸 (@OranaCreative) March 30, 2021
And nowhere near "figuring anything out".
Getting into Makeup and FX:
After a fateful encounter with a couple of professional FX Makeup artists, I saw my artistic soul resurface and I moved to Buenos Aires to attend specialized Makeup Artistry and Hairstyling courses. I then worked as a professional Makeup Artist for film, advertising, fashion and theater for ten years.
My best work was for the theater and creative fashion editorials. I thrived when the work was deep in creative freedom. The long hours in advertising film sets drying sweat and applying powder were not my favorite.
On Being Creative:
Growing up in art studios and art galleries molded my personality into being innately creative. I am an artist of many trades, and greatly enjoy all creative outputs; be it fine art, illustration, graphic design and web design.
Having a background in creative writing and my experience as a nomad has given me an insight into many different aspects of life, creativity and work.
When I left my Makeup and Hair career, I was a little lost as to what I would do next. While living in Thailand I started blogging. I wrote my heart out in my blog Crazy Little Family Adventure and started studying Graphic Design.
Other bloggers started to notice and after a few years of being asked for help in visual content creation, I decided it was time to offer my services to bloggers that needed that creative help that I could offer. In 2017, I founded Orana Creative, a visual content service to help small businesses anywhere in the world.
I’m currently available for work in:
- Graphic Design
- Web Design
- Social Media Content Creation
- UX Design and Research