Content Creator & Multimedia Artist
Tell us a mantra you live by?
"One, doing what makes you happy is more important than doing what's expected of you and two, it's okay to be passionate about multiple things at once.”
How did you first discover your creativity?
"I've been a creative person for as long as I can remember. From ceramics to drawing and photography, I've been creating art pretty much my whole life. But I didn't start to really lean into my ability to paint and create digital art until about 2016. I was told by someone that "I wasn't a real artist" and I'm a pretty competitive person so I took that as a personal challenge. I decided to try painting on canvas for the first time and it turned out REALLY good (A lot better than I expected for my first try). From there I began to paint more often and once I started to share this with my friends and family they encouraged me to embrace my artistic talents and treat art as more than "just a hobby." Eventually my work began to evolve and I allowed it to become a part of my outward identity. I pretty much dove in head first."
What are you currently working on?
"I'm currently working on a combination of painted and digital art pieces as well as writing my own fantasy book."
What inspires you?
"I'm really inspired by lots of color, outer space, nature, music and Black culture. These things make me happy and if you look at a lot of my work you can definitely see hints of them shining through. Nothing gets me more hyped than the feeling of a new idea or project. I'm the type of person that when I get an idea for a new piece it pretty much takes over my brain until I get it out of my system. [laughs]"
What constitutes a perfect day at work?
"For me a perfect work day is one where I actually do work that I'm happy with. Being a creative is difficult sometimes because there are days where creative block hits me and I'm not feeling any of my work. Or worse, days where I get distracted by every little thing and can't seem to focus on my projects. So if I'm working, and I actually like how the work coming out, that's good enough for me. "
What's the most fulfilling thing about being a creative?
"The most fulfilling thing about being a creative is the freedom to do the work I want, my way. There is no better feeling than working at your own pace, on your own time, doing work that you're passionate about. It's even more rewarding when you finally complete your projects and get to see those around you truly embrace them."
As a creative, what is the hardest thing you've had to deal with/ are still dealing with?
"Consistency and self-doubt are the hardest things I've had to deal with as a creative for sure. Every once in a while doubt creeps in, no matter who you are. This is when you have to make a choice to stand by the things you create and be confident in yourself no matter what. It's equally as difficult to stay consistent all of the time when you're the only one there to hold yourself accountable. But I've learned that consistency is the key to longevity and I have to remind myself of this on a daily basis."
What's the best piece of advice you can give?
"Two things that have helped me so much on my creative journey are: 1. Done is better than perfect, so stop waiting until its perfect because then you'll never be done. 2. Go after what you want, even if it scares the crap out of you. The scarier it seems the more worth it it will be in the end."
Where do you want to be in 5 years?
What is your ART✰BISH moment?
"In five years I hope to have my own established creative company, my art work hanging in multiple galleries and be a published author, I'm working on my own fantasy series, remember, it's okay to be passionate about multiple things [laughs]."
"Looking back on all of the things I've done in the short amount of time that I've been a full time creative I'm definitely the most proud of two solo art shows in NYC. The most recent one was called #TheGardenOfNeedin in 2019. I can't wait until my next art show. I'm looking to make it bigger and better!"