#dailyroutine: Velia De Iuliis

We sat down with Velia De Iuliis, an artist and environmentalist based out of Los Angeles, California, to learn about her #dailyroutine. Velia's work is characterized by rich colorful oil paintings of endangered flora and fauna against sharp contrasting backgrounds. Her paintings celebrate nature while also reinvigorating admiration and refocusing our attention on the fleeting flowers that may disappear completely in our lifetime.

Q: How do you GEM?

I’m an avid morning GEM'er. I’ve incorporated it into my daily ritual of brewing myself a cappuccino accompanied by a GEM.

Q: What gives you energy?

A healthy daily dose of sunshine, exercise, and creative stimulus.

Q: How do you relieve stress?

Physical activity and change of environment are key to relieving stress. My passion for surfing and being in the water grounds me while boxing is my current favorite form of mental and physical exercise. It forces you to be 100% present and is incredibly empowering.

Q: What beauty product can you not live without?

I have two favorites. First, my fabulous Ursa Major Mint & Eucalyptus Deodorant. All natural and I’m absolutely obsessed! Second, my killer Arcona Reozone moisturizing sunscreen. I’ve got sensitive skin and this one works for me.

Q: How do you stimulate your mind outside of work?

As a painter, my work is primarily solitary other than with my dog Nico! I use this opportunity to listen to audiobooks, podcasts and the like. I try to get out and enjoy a good lecture from time to time.

Q: What is the one thing about art that you want people to know about?

I think people have this idea that talent is something you are born with and is somewhat effortless, however, ‘talent’ needs to be nurtured with many, many hours of hard work, practice, and repetition. More than anything, I believe we are all born creative and need to find ways of expressing ourselves.

Explore Velia’s artwork here and follow her journey on Instagram @veliadeiuliis!