As I sit here in my studio looking over the final art for Norwegian’s newest ship, Norwegian Getaway, I still can’t believe I’ve been assigned such a significant task. I feel so blessed to have been given the opportunity to help lend my hand and heart to such a larger than life project.
As a child when I used to sit at my drafting table night after night I never could have imagined my life would take me in this direction. Thankfully, with the support of a loving Cuban family, I have been able to practice visual art my entire life.
For the past 15 years I’ve been able to live as a professional working artist, traveling and discovering the world through the perspective of creating art, and now this- painting the hull of a spectacular cruise ship. Having designed exteriors of buildings through murals has allowed me to work on large scale projects but a ship the size of Norwegian Getaway is beyond anything I could have ever considered.
As I sat on my computer working on the design on the architectural drawings I was in awe of the size and scale of Norwegian Getaway – it truly is a thing of beauty. And there’s no way to describe the feeling of thinking of that this would be majestically sailing through our planet’s oceans. Thankfully I was not daunted by the task but rather energized. Working alongside Norwegian’s first-class directors and architects has been a privilege and an honor. Not only did they guide me through the process but they encouraged my creative freedom and allowed me to open up and fly…or rather sail.
Additionally, I was blown away by Kevin Sheehan’s hands on approach and the warmth to which he brought me into the fold. Through this process I not only feel like he taught me quite a few valuable lessons but he also became a supporter and friend.
Grateful is the only word I can use to describe the feeling of being embraced by the Norwegian family and I cannot wait to join them as they welcome Norwegian Getaway to Miami in 2014.