NAME: JUSTIN WILKINS
BIRTHPLACE: Queens, NY
Q: Why is creating art important to you?
A: Creating art is important to me, as a passion and a form of meditation. Whenever I’m creating a piece of artwork, I forget about my bills, my worries, any pestering thoughts on my mind and I am able to focus solely on the positivity and energy that goes into my art.
Q: What inspires your art?
A: Everything inspires my art from the weather, to my emotions, to fellow creatives, and much more.
Q: What are your favorite things to depict in your artwork?
A: Some of my favorite things to depict in my art would have to be anime and nature. Both have a heavy influence on my style as an artist. I love the emotion and color that anime often brings, and I find nature tranquil and serene.
Q: Do you feel more creative in the summer? Why or why not?
A: I don’t believe that creativity comes to me more in the summer. Inspiration can come at any time, and it’s more so my situation in life opposed to the season that influences my creativity.
Q: Who or what has had the most influence on your artistry?
A: Fellow creatives and artists all around have an equal influence on my growth as an artist.
Q: Have you ever explored any other art forms?
A: As far as art goes, I try to explore many different mediums and styles. I call myself a Visual Artist and Designer creating artwork on paper, canvas, wood, apparel, footwear, digital, and even body art. So far, my favorite medium would have to acrylic paint.
Q: Do you have a favorite project you have completed?
A: I have multiple favorite projects! With each piece that I create, I believe my skill as an artist improves, so I constantly have new favorites. One piece that does come to mind is a painting I created back in November 2017 titled, Tribal. This piece is an abstract, self-representation of myself. Though I do not understand the painting in it’s entirety, it speaks to me more than my other pieces.
Q: How do you want people to interpret your work?
A: I’d like people to interpret my work as they see it. We all view the world with our own two eyes, and perspectives vary. Sometimes, I have people tell me things about my art that I never saw before.
Q: What 3 songs complete your best summer playlist ever?
A: Let’s see…For this summer, the top 3 songs for my playlist would have to be: The Field – Nipsey Hussle, My First Reply – Dom Kennedy, When The Knife – Nai Palm.
Q: What are some of your future goals and aspirations?
A: One of my goals has always been to have a positive and motivating influence on a large amount of people. I believe my art helps me do that. Another goal of mine is to have my artwork displayed and sold in museums around the world. That would be a dream come true.
Q: Was there ever a point in time you were discouraged about being an artist? How did you overcome this?
A: Throughout my short career, there have been a few times where I’ve been discouraged and questioned my skill or worth as an artist. Just like any other profession, there are a million other people reaching for the same dream that I have. I dealt with those times of discouragement by positive reinforcement, consistency, and determination. Nobody ever said it would be easy. I know that if I want to be recognized as one of the best, then I have to put the work in and stay ten toes down regardless of the outside noise or deterrents that may arise.
Q: In what ways has art impacted your life?
A: Art is my greatest form of meditation. It allows me to seek peace and balance while creating something positive. To some its an activity, to other it’s a hobby, but to me it’s a passion.
Q: Do you have any favorite artists?
A: One of my favorite artists is Rob Regis. His use of colors, emotion, and abstract touch gives his work a peculiar feel.
Q: Tell us something about your art that a viewer might not know at first glance.
A: When people see my artwork they may think that I only do anime, but I’ve dabbled in a lot of different areas of art.