What is your creative work?
Tell us how you started your business / creative venture?
I have been drawing ever since elementary school. I have spent years as a self taught artist learning new methods, discovering new techniques, and playing with different mediums.
How long have you been doing your creative work?
I have been an artist for as long as I could remember. As of 2019, I decided to dedicate my time to pursuing my career as a full time artist.
What made you choose this journey?
I have had a ton of jobs. From face painting in amusement parks to working twelve hours in a warehouse and none of them felt right. I always knew I wanted to pursue art, but traditional 9-5 jobs always left me feeling unfulfilled and drained even if those jobs were art-related. I decided that if I were to do any form of art as my career, it would need to be the way that I see fit and that would be the most fulfilling way possible.
What kind of struggles did you face in your journey?
While art is a fun job, it definitely has its struggles. Supplies are expensive, not everyone will like the art that you create, and in the age of social media, people move too quickly to even give you a second glance at times. Another thing is that a lot of people think of art as just beautiful images that you can look at without considering that us artist also have bills and need financial support along with the support we get through social media.
Share a quote you live by. It can be yours or something else that inspires you!
“Everything happens for a reason.” I’m not sure who said it first, but I live by that. It may seem like you’ve hit a brick wall in your journey, but you haven’t. It may seem like you should’ve done things a different way, but that’s not true. Everything is as it should be, otherwise, it simply wouldn’t be. It’s happening so that means it was supposed to. Repeat that to yourself in your darkest moments, when you’re tired of hearing it, and when you can’t even bring yourself to say it anymore.
Are there any products you recommend that helped you better your craft?
I more so use products gear towards visual art, but what I can say is that every artist should invest in the more expensive products. While they can be more pricey, using the more expensive paint for my work has helped a ton. (I personally use Windsor & Newton)
How can people learn more about you and your business?
What are some resources that have helped you succeed?
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