If you don’t know who Priscilla Witte is, it’s about time you find out. Our favorite local Venice Muralist has decked the walls of not only the Rose but also some of the best spots in LA, New York and even Croatia with her sheer sharpie brilliance. She is the genius behind our rad limited edition T-shirts and most recently, Priscilla painted a gorgeous mural in the cafe (check out how cool it looked being painted below). We pulled her away from her paintbrush for a few minutes to chat about art, Venice Beach, and Chef Neroni’s Bucatini Carbonara.
What’s the best part about living in Venice?
Other than the chill lifestyle and the fact that it takes two minutes to bike to the ocean – I’d say the community of people! I’ve met so many great people, some of the best people that I know are in Venice. There’s so much history in Venice – arts, architecture… it’s pretty inspiring. My favorite part about Venice is that you can be whoever you want to be, without being judged. In Venice anything goes, and when you live surrounded by that attitude, you start having that mentality as well.
What is your favorite thing to eat at The Rose?
My favorite thing to eat at the ROSE?! Gah! Hard question! Well I, can start off with my favorite cocktail (insert shocked emoji) – The Algonquin, so refreshing and boozy, the perfect combo! It’s garnished with the best dehydrated pineapple that you’ve ever had in your life. To eat I’d take the Lardo with some crispy bread (AMAZING). Then I’d shoot a few oysters (duh!) and the crispy Brussel sprouts for sure (Oh that egg!). Finally, I’d finish off with the Smoked Bucatini Carbonara (ridiculous), because Jason makes the best pasta EVER.
What does a day in the life of Priscilla consist of?
A day in the life of Priscilla entails coffee, bike rides, searching for inspiration, procrastination, thinking, focusing, drawing, painting, scheduling murals and jobs, and planning the next adventure! I make a point to be outside for a bit on the daily. It makes my life better and makes me a better person, and artist!
How did you get to be Venice’s favorite illustrator?
I had always taken art courses and had always wanted to be involved in the arts. I just never thought I would ever make a career out of it. And it wasn’t my intention to in the beginning. I had been a photographer for a while (before Instagram), and soon figured that I wasn’t as passionate about it as I previously thought. I took a break from that and started drawing and painting again. One day I decided that I wanted to have a show, and my friend had a loft space off of Abbot Kinney so I did it! I made about 70 small pieces for a very affordable price and sold almost all of them. So many people came up to me and said that they never knew that I did this type of thing. And I thought to myself, hmmm me either! It was so awesome. That was in December of 2012. From then on it’s snowballed into something greater. I feel very lucky and just want to keep it going and going forever and ever and ever.