Johnny Felix is a local artist who believes the impossible is possible.
“Anybody can do anything,” he says, and he encourages people to do the impossible.
He shares this message in his art, and he is sharing it with Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center participants in a painting he created especially for them.
Titled “Flower Pulse,” the painting is of a blooming flower that includes a silhouette of children and adults holding hands around a heart. His goal was to commemorate and honor any person dealing with cancer, including his mother-in-law, Maria Vazquez, and he used red, orange and yellow to show warmth and love for patients and their family members. Like a hologram, the colors seem to change as you walk closer to the painting. They also glow in the dark, creating a very special effect.
Felix likes to incorporate something he calls “urban pulse” into his works. In this painting, around the petals of the flower, he included lines that look like a reading from a heart monitor.
“I’m very impressed with his work and inspiration,” says Omar Ramos, program development and operations manager.
Ramos hopes the piece will serve as a focal point for discussion on whole person care and support and engage participants in Waterford Place’s expressive art program.
Felix, now 35, has been creating art since he was 9 years old.
“Artwork has a story to it,” he says. “It’s always been a passion.” He turned this passion into a full-time career in 2021 when he started Talento Creations. Prior to that, he earned a living in managerial roles and in graphic design.
Now creating commissioned artwork for customers, Felix says he is living his dream but he likes to donate paintings to good causes.
“It’s about me giving back to the community,” he says. “I’m living a dream with others who can celebrate with me.”