How did you get started as an artist – and how does your craft reflect your personal aesthetic?
I started after my family and I moved from the house that we lived in for many years. I was also going through a break up at the same time. Painting is one of my ways to release tension and stress. The multi-colored women are a representation of how I view myself and other like-minded women. We all go through trials and tribulations, but we’re meant to get back on track to achieve our personal goals. You feel more enlightened and in-tune with yourself. Your whole vibe changes, and that’s when life changes.
How have the women in your life been instrumental in your life and craft?
Most of the women (and some men) in my life have made a huge impact in my life and career. My highs and lows with certain individuals have taught me so many lessons, which I am grateful for. They all somehow keep me on track. Shout out to the women and men in my life who have showed me the way to live a better life!
Cultural trends constantly change. What do you do to stay relevant, connected, and ahead of the curve?
I honestly don’t pay attention to trends, because they always come and go. I have always followed my own vibe; it is something I’ve always done since I was very young. I consider myself a low-key and classy rebel. I go against the grain. I compete with myself, and I do whatever makes me feel happy. I’m not sure if I’m relevant, but I do stay connected and ahead of the curve because I’m different than others. My perspective of life is viewed differently.
How do you keep track of your personal and business goals – and stay creative at the same time (even when you’re exhausted)?
I do my best to keep myself organized by writing daily tasks in my planner, my sketchbook, and in my phone. There are times when I text my business partner things I have to get done, so I get reminded whenever I view his message. I also keep mental notes, which isn’t the best thing to do when you’re juggling with a new business and creativity. My creativity is always on 100% even though I don’t always have the time to get the creative work done. I make sure to write down my ideas, because I will eventually make time to get it done. I’m still learning how to manage my business and creativity at the same time.
I am taking my time with everything- I’m not rushing my process, because I want longevity.
How important are mentors? Who is your mentor?
Mentors are very important! Just like friends, they can come and go but that’s part of life anyway. One of my mentors is a reverend. He is a very wise man who is very knowledgeable on business and politics. Some of my close friends are part-time mentors- they don’t know that though… haha.
I think it’s important to have people in your life who are willing to help and guide you to become a better version of yourself.
What is your advice for women entering a creative field?
Women who are entering the creative field and feel they are ready to begin their own business is something they really have to think about. You have to be able to sacrifice things, and distant yourself from certain people. It could be friends, family, or anyone who doesn’t understand whatever goals you’re pushing to achieve.
You’ll have to learn how to take risks, be confident, don’t worry about people’s opinions, and don’t take anything personally. The entrepreneurial world isn’t easy, but I believe it’s worth it in the long run. It’s a path to personal freedom.
Place that inspires me the most… I love nature. Any place outdoors where I can hear birds and see water and trees. It puts me in a zen-like place within myself. The second place that inspires me is The Met museum. I see something new every time I visit.
I feel most powerful when… I feel most powerful when things are organized and when I complete a painting.
I love what I do because… I love what I do because of how it makes me feel and how it makes others feel. I’ve noticed change in a way where others, especially young women are inspired by what I do. It’s such a great feeling.
Best advice I have ever received… Someone asked me a question that opened up a gate, and pushed me forward to walk through it. The question was: “What are you waiting for?” and “Who are you waiting on?”