First Friday Santa Cruz



Gina Firpo

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Mixed Media

Gina began representational painting when recovering from a traumatic brain injury in 2020. The pandemic provided her lots of time to deep dive into her paints and explore her style. She is self-taught with some coaching by her talented mom.

Her paintings capture impressions of nature around her. While others are whimsical scenes of playful flowers. They are described as happy and uplifting. She believes that life can be challenging, so filling our homes with beauty can help us be grateful, calm and hopeful.

Gina is grateful for growing up in a creative home and finding her spot in California's Santa Cruz Mountains. Surrounded by coastal redwoods, she is inspired by the endless beauty around her. She shows her work locally, donates her art to good causes, and offers occasional creativity workshops for children and adults. Her art can be seen on Instagram @ginafirpoarts and on her website at

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