How did you first discover your creativity?
I first discovered my creativity when I was about 5 yrs of age— I was the queen of making “messes” on the walls of our house growing up. Drew on all the mail and my older siblings’ homework. My family couldn’t even stay mad at me because the doodles were pretty fire!
What are you currently working on?
Recently I’ve been getting a lot of commission requests, so those are my top priorities. In between, I’m working on more self-portraits. Galleries are closed at the moment due to COVID-19 but the show must go on! *Finger snaps*
What inspires you?
Recognizing the passion in others inspires me like nothing else. We’re all mirrors of each other and to be able to feel that genuinely from other creatives is almost intoxicating.
Describe the perfect day at work?
Ok, check it. First, I wake up flawless. Then a baby angel and some hummingbirds come through my window playing the harp as they float above my bed singing sweet melodies. Then Michelle Obama calls me up and tells me that I’m going to have a beautiful day and I better not let anything get in my way. After that, I hit all of my reps in my morning workout and get lost in a world of painting for the remainder of the day. I’m a simple girl.
What's the most fulfilling thing about being a creative?
We have the power to make anything a reality. Anyone who hones in on their innate ability to dream for something beyond their reach is capable of achieving it. It's possible if we just muster the courage to create it.
As a creative, what is the hardest thing you've had to deal with/ are still dealing with?
Staying focused! I often felt myself being pulled in different directions, I wanted to do everything just because I believed I could excel in it. Staying grounded is a lot easier to do these days but learning discipline is imperative when it comes to pursuing your goals.
What's the best piece of advice you can give?
You’re not in a race— please, be patient! I promise you will thank yourself in the end.
Where do you want to be in 5 years?
I’m not really particular when it comes to the future. In 5 years, I could be anywhere and that’s ok! I just hope I’m alive and healthy while still serving as an inspiration to others.
What is your ART✰BISH moment
Being able to work for myself as an artist. I grew up telling people my dreams and then quickly responding with "I hope you have a back-up plan, artists don't make money until they're dead". I’ve had so many jobs while trying to pursue my passion and I have starved many nights. But now I am in control of my own financial security and I hope I can inspire other women to go out and get it for themselves despite what others have to say.