Riana Espino

Photographer. Artist. Ocean Protector.  Designer.

An Artist from the Start
"Art is how I communicate.
It's how I See the World."

Since Riana was a child, she has been creative and prolific with her artwork. She won her first art award in elementary school, and would spend hours of free time in the art studio throughout high school. Riana has had a passion for landscape photography since she was able to hold a camera and creating art was always her bliss.

 

When she began college, she pursued a business major, feeling the pressures of what she thought she should do rather than following her heart. She continued with her art as a hobby until she took a leap of faith and is now using her business background and her creative passion as a career.

 

Although she wanted to be National Geographic photographer when she was little, her adamant love of the environment, creativity, and fascination with biology propelled her towards becoming the artist and photographer that she is today. For as long as she can remember, art has been her therapy, her release, and her personal escape into a whole other world.

Artistic Vision

"I want my pieces to tell  the stories of beautiful pristine
places that need to be
protected and preserved."

Riana enjoys sharing the beauty of her island home through her art. She hopes to inspire others to fall in love and take action to protect our oceans. She is adamant about protecting our reefs and ecosystems, and her work aims to simultaneously remind us of our beautiful surroundings, and make us think more critically about our own roles in the planet’s destruction.

Her art aims to inspire people to be more conscious about their actions, such as using single-use plastics, reef-toxic sunscreens, and other choices that destroy our beautiful oceans.

 

Creating art that brings people’s focus to environmental issues is only one part of her artistic vision, though. The other part of her vision is one of tranquility and bliss, respite and grandeur, to pull people into the serenity and vibrancy of the natural world. Her language is in art, and she communicates the gorgeousness of the world around her through every piece.

 

The dream of each piece is to share beauty with the people around her.

Love and the

Language of Art

"I only paint and photograph the things that I love."

At the core of everything is Riana’s abiding love for what she creates and for those she creates it with and for. Whether it’s capturing the perfect moment of marital bliss at a wedding, making a canvas for a home that will last a lifetime, a functional bag for someone to use on their own travels, or a resin piece to bring the ocean into a space, Riana does it with love and passion.

She loves the comfort and freedom she feels when she sits by the shores edge, or stands on her paddle board with the glowing sunset turning everyone into silhouettes with a vibrant orange and red backdrop.

No matter where she goes, she finds the alluring colors of the ocean and sky to be dazzling and powerful. Her dream is to share that vision, and invoke those feelings for as many people as possible.

"There's nothing more enjoyable than a day spent in the sun."

Creating Today

"We live in such a beautiful world, I want to share that beauty."

Now, as an artist, Riana is drawn to landscapes filled with color and subjects that provoke emotion. Art and photography are her love languages; she shares her view of the world through her artistic expression.

Her medium of choice was watercolor paint because she loved the way it moved on paper. She incorporated resin work into her art when she found resin to be even more untamable, fluid, and versatile than watercolors.

Since she started working with resin a whole new world has opened for her. Combining the two mediums of photography and resin she has allowed her to marry her two passions and blend them in a unique way.

Art is not Riana’s only favorite activity. When she’s not out shooting or in her studio creating, she loves to spend her days in the sun, playing in the ocean or driving out to the West Side to see turtles, dolphins, rays, and other sea creatures.

She is an avid traveler, having been to several international destinations, and finds inspiration on the land as well as in the sea, wherever she goes.

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