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The art of Roberto Parada |                    

making natural paints |

and staying well 

as a professional artist



Amy Winehouse, oil on canvas. 1 of 4 in a series of Rolling Stone covers (Germany). 

Other covers were of Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, and Prince

A dialogue based on the essay 

‘One Artist Changes His Art and Saves His Life’, 

by Leah Fanning, 

founder of

‘Natural Earth Paints’

Roberto Parada

is an internationally known oil painter 

and illustrator, 

having been published in Time,

Newsweek, Rolling Stone,


ESPN The Magazine, 

Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, 

and Huffington Post 

Few people know that his art process 

came close to ending his life 

in 2004. 

I had the honor of interviewing him 

about his journey in discovering 

which of his art supplies were 

literally killing him, how it happened 

and what he did to change 

his process while continuing to paint