Episode 46: Rebecca Youssef – Sustainable Art

When was the last time you put a paintbrush on a canvas? There’s something so therapeutic about creating something from nothing. The trouble is many artists might not realize their phthalo green acrylic paints aren’t quite as “green” as they originally thought.

My guest today is Rebecca Youssef. Rebecca is a mixed-media artist and native California cultivator of trees. Her work has found a home in the space where art and environmentalism collide in her reforestation efforts in the Santa Monica Mountains where she lives and forms her art and her business. 

In this episode, you’ll hear about:

  • How sustainable art is possible
  • Rebecca’s introduction to sustainable art during the COVID-19 lockdowns
  • How art and environmentalism are related
  • Why trees are a huge environmental justice issue
  • And much more!

Thanks again for listening to the Humanitarian Entrepreneur podcast! Together, we’ll change the world on our own terms one planted acorn at a time. If you found this episode helpful or know someone that might want to try exploring their creativity in a more sustainable way, please share this episode with them.

Enjoy my conversation with Rebecca!

In This Episode:

[1:17] – We’re introduced to Rebecca Youssef and learn what drew her to the sustainability movement. 

[2:45] – What is sustainable art?

[4:04] – Rebecca talks about her collection of sustainable artworks and her time during the COVID-19 lockdowns.

[6:15] – Learning the traditional practice of paper making.

[7:12] – Was Rebecca an artist before her move to the sustainable movement?

[8:42] – This is how art and environmentalism are related, according to Rebecca. 

[10:10] – The one thing a person can do to make a significant impact on climate change. 

[11:47] – Recebba educates us on what we’re missing about the wildfires in California.

[13:52] – We learn how to be the most productive when planting trees in our local area. 

[16:15] – What does Rebecca have in the art show pipeline in the near future?

[17:17] – Rebecca gives her advice to those aspiring artists looking to be more eco-friendly.

[20:26] – We hear about Rebecca’s proposal for a Virtual Acorn Festival.

[21:11] – Tiffany concludes the conversation.


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Connect with Rebecca:

Website: www.rebeccayoussef.com

IG: @rebecca.youssef_studio

Twitter: @RebeccaYoussef5

FB: @rebeccayoussefstudio

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