Going beyond doodling with markers or crayons encouraged kids like me to enjoy the process of making art.
I have always had a passion for art as far as I can remember. It started with crayons and pencils on the walls of our home. Then in the 5th grade, by the help of my art teacher, Mr. Archbald (Mr Love). I was introduced to the subject of art, pencil art, techniques, what primary and secondary colors were, etc. Amazingly, it’s was so easy to grasp on the first introduction. I was back then part of few individuals selected to make an art piece for the annual science fair. I remember the art piece I made was a picture of a bunch of grapes (my favorite fruit to eat at that time). We were to use paper or cardboard medium and water color markers to create line texture that had dimension. Since then, it has always been an exciting form of expression for me. I see it as a conducive avenue to express emotions and the artist’s current feelings on a canvas. My inspirations come from stories in the Bible. In taking my Christian faith more seriously, I was motivated to relay my inspirations into art by painting. When a minister preaches a sermon, there is always a new revelation based the word of God. Likewise in my paintings, I try to visually bring the envisioning of the word of God to life.
What were the biggest initial hurdles and how did you overcome them? Being green in the art industry, I had a lot I learn and I am still learning. Juggling that with my career as a pharmacist and a makeup artist can get a little stressful but I still love it all regardless.
What books are you currently reading? The Bible Did you ever deal with contention from your family and friends concerning your pursuits? No actually. What would you say was the single most influential factor in your success? I still believe that I’m still growing. An influential factor that keeps me going is my love for what I do. What do you know today that you wish you would have known when you first got started? The business of art. Advise to other talents. Nothing should stop you from doing what you love no matter how small or big it is. I know how daunting it can be sometimes. But with God on your side, absolutely anything is possible.