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Cultivating Community - Part I

Maria Maisto

We’re big believers (and we may have mentioned once or forty times before) that our money is our vote. Ditto for our time. What we choose to spend our money on, and where we spend our time — it’s voting for what we support and love.

At Cultivate, it’s our goal to vote in smart and beautiful ways, by supporting people, groups and brands that want to do right by others, by animals and by the earth. Which leads us to Lorelay Bove. 

Lorelay is not only the model of our animal tanks, but a vegan, an amazing artist (her work is for sale in our Home + Garden section) and visual developer at Disney. Here’s a little about Lorelay, in her own words:

 

I’ve been vegan for 15 years. My parents raised me vegetarian starting at the age of 13 and always embraced a healthy, cruelty-free lifestyle. In college I started collecting book recipes, and then I got drawn to the creative way of making vegan recipes, and the idea that even without certain ingredients you could get wonderful flavors and health benefits. Being vegan was for me a way to take care of myself and to respect our world, nature and all animals.

I don't have pets, but I love babysitting my sister’s lovable, Colette, a half chihuahua half cocker-spaniel dog.

I knew I wanted to pursue art in my early childhood. My dad is an artist, and he encouraged and inspired me to be who I am today.  My family and I are from Spain, and moved to the States when I was 14. I continued drawing and painting, and then I decided to study animation. I applied to Cal Arts and didn't get in the first time, but I didn't give up, so I went to another school for 2 years to get stronger on my draftsmanship and then took a year off to draw and work on my portfolio. Then I applied again to Cal Arts and made it in. 

After four years of hard work and learning, Disney took me in for a summer internship. After graduating, Pixar took me in for an art internship, and then Disney animation studios took me on in their trainee program, and I have been there for eight years since. Working on visual development for Disney has been a dream come true. I love coming up with ideas, figuring out the world, the characters and colors of our films.

What inspires me as an artist, to create my pieces — especially my personal work — is experiencing life, observing and travel. I feel that by making it personal to me, I get more genuine work and more meaningful pieces. 


Please check out Lorelay’s work and let us know your favorites!

Much love,
Maria