Babes Ride Out Artist Series highlights the talented people in our community. Every artist donates their time and creativity to create a custom piece for the BRO5 Raffle. We are so happy to be able to support Moto F.A.M. through the proceeds of the raffle each year. Moto FAM raises funds for riders that have been hurt in a motorcycle related accident, or the family of a fallen rider. Thank you so much to Atwyldfor contributing the military jacket for the Artist Series this year!
Meet Genevieve Mariani!
Where are you from originally?
Born in the East Bay, but grew up in a relatively small town in Minnesota.
Where do you live now?
Altadena, California - in the foothills of the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains!
What first got you into art?
My mom started drawing with me when I was very young. I honestly can't remember a time where I wasn't making art! She always got wonderfully illustrated children's books for me, usually about animals, nature, and conservation.
How would you describe your style?
Traditional and folky, realistic with a fantastical element.
What inspires you? Have any artists in particular been an influence on you?
National Parks, our nation's wild lands and wildlife inspire me above all else. I work at an animal rescue (www.wolfconnection.org), and those animals inspire me more than I can put into words. We do work there with at-risk youth and people in drug and alcohol treatment. The healing, learning, connection, and love that I see exchanged between rescued wolves and rescued humans is inexplicably profound and inspirational. Of course, I can't deny the inspiration I draw from riding my motorcycle, as well. A form of instant meditation - riding, especially through the mountains, takes me to a place of true serenity.
Old story book and naturalist paintings have always inspired me, that by the likes of John Tenniel and John James Audubon. Edward Gorey, Dr. Suess - the macabre and meaningful.
What is your favorite medium?
Watercolor and ink on paper or wood!
When did you first hear about Babes Ride Out?
About three years ago, when I first learned to ride, my friend Brooke Worrel (an incredibly talented leather-wizard) told me about a bunch of women on motorcycles getting together in the desert for BRO2 - I was too intimidated to go as a newbie - but made it the next and third year - and have been blown away ever since.
What is your connection to the motorcycle community?
I had always dreamed of riding a motorcycle - and three years ago I finally got myself an old Sportster that I basically learned to ride and put together as it fell apart. I worked at Glendale Harley-Davidson for some time, meeting LOADS of amazing female riders along the way. Now I have a fresh company called Wild Dogs Co., and one of our platforms is riding, and empowering women to ride.
Do you ride? If so, what do you ride?
Yes! A 2000 Harley-Davidson Dyna Lowrider
If you were a motorcycle what kind would you be?
AN FXR! Light and fast, but rare and highly customizable. Something for everyone!
Have you ever been to Joshua Tree? What was your experience there?
YES. Always been a spiritual experience. I had dreamt of Joshua Tree long before ever coming back to California - being a hardcore Eagles and country rock fan - I had many-a fantasy in Joshua Tree. It was my first "long" motorcycle trip, as well as my first experience rock climbing outdoors (another thing I do) - I have a Joshua Tree tattoo on my arm, I mean . . . it's been pivotal in many life-changing experiences, it's another planet.
What will you be contributing to this years raffle?
A super sick ATWYLD jacket with a wolf painted on the back.
Tell us about what inspired you to create it?
I deeply believe there is a major correlation between wolves and humanity - especially motorcyclists and humanity. We use wolf symbolism a lot in the moto community, I believe this is due to our realization that we are a "we." Together we have many talents and abilities that can create a stronger pack than an individual alone. "A lone wolf is a dead wolf."