Frank Botello took a leap of faith in himself and achieved what many artists dream of doing. He abandoned the monotony of stability and threw himself into his art, determined to not only live for his art but through it. Through persistence and heart, dedication and passion, Botello ceased to succumb to a fear of failure and achieved his goal of becoming a fulltime artist. Botello, an Austin native, attended Texas State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in art in 2007. The artist also minored in business, and having experience in both fields, he uses both ends of the spectrum to use art as a manner of self-fulfillment and as a way to earn a living. Botello spends his time in a simple, unlit backyard shed which he uses as his studio. His studio space remains simple while his works are intricately created with fine detail and colors and patterns. Inspired by expressionism, cubism, and impressionism, the artist spent grueling hours on the intimate details of each piece that seize the eyes and mind. His pieces are not only focused on aesthetics, but serve as a platform for ideas and concepts.