1. What first inspired you to create? and going forward with your creative outlet, what motivates you to keep up with it?
I first started becoming really interested in drawing at 14. I was full of angst at that age, had a hard time expressing my feelings out loud, and found a lot of relief through drawing. I decided pretty much right then that I was going to go to art school and pursue a career in art. I’ve been creating for about 12 years now, and my relationship with art has been full of ups and downs. Art is no longer the career I aspire to have, but creating plays a different role in my life in that it is my stress reliever. It’s funny because art started as this form of relief for me, but when I began art school, art became the source of my stress, and when I was trying to make art my career, it was also the source of my stress. Eating, sleeping, and breathing art, just doesn’t end well for me. Creating is not my world, but it’s part of it, and I feel the most mentally and emotionally healthy when it's that way.
2. What have you been up to during quarantine? Have you been creating more or less than before; and how has that impacted your sales?
In the beginning of quarantine I went through a serious cooking phase, I got my tonsils removed, and became insanely codependent with my cats. Recently, I’ve been creating more. I have days where I just mindlessly draw for like 3 hours. I’ve also been listening to a lot of podcasts, reading books, and trying to take the time in quarantine to just learn and educate myself about various topics.
3. Out of all your releases, which of them holds the most meaning to you and why?
My favorite project that I’ve ever done is when I got hired to illustrate a poetry book. The woman who wrote all the poetry was a prolific writer, and has written hundreds of poems throughout her years. Her grandson had the goal of creating a collection of these poems, and hired me to visually depict them. It was a long and sometimes tedious process; however, seeing the book come together, and receiving a copy of it in the mail was an amazing feeling. It was also very sentimental, and I felt really honored that they allowed me to be part of this special project.
4. What does it mean to you to be a female creative in your field? How do you feel you are represented?
As a female creative, the issue I faced was being taken seriously. Especially wanting to work and draw for bands, I felt a lot of times I had to prove that I wasn’t just drawing pretty pictures and wanting to talk to the band, and that the art I was creating was actually work that I wanted to do. Finding people that do believe in your work can be a tough process that involves a lot of reaching out, and finding different avenues (sometimes with no luck), but it definitely makes creating a fulfilling process, especially seeing the final product and how your hard work led to that point.
5. What's your Go-To cereal?
Does oatmeal count?
6. What have been some of your favorite music releases of 2020? Any artists readers should check out?
CHIKA - Industry Games
Juice WRLD - Legends Never Die
Chloe x Halle - Ungodly Hour
Kiana Lede - Tough Love
Charmer - Ivy
Gleemer - Down Through
7. Anyone you'd like to promote and give some love to?
I highly encourage everyone to check out these creators:
@FrequencyofLove & @KetchupStain for beautiful prints.
@Schwarz_asf - Coloured Art Studio. She is doing amazing things!
@Hey.Nouri - The BIPOC Creative Directory.