SHAKER HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL
Q: Why is creating art important to you?
A: Creating art is a gateway for my mind. A lot of people have other ways of overcoming insecurities or coping with themselves but I see this as my way of doing so. Just exercising my God given talent.
Q: What inspires your art?
A: I’m inspired by the realism that other artists put in their drawings & paintings
Q: What are your favorite things to depict in your artwork?
A: Depicting how photos are brought to life on paper
Q: Do you feel more creative in the summer? Why or why not?
A: I especially feel more creative in the summer because I’m out of school and have nothing but time on my hands.
Q: Who or what has had the most influence on your artistry?
A: I wouldn’t say any specific artist has an impact but more so the movement of realism. Contemporary art has also influenced me.
Q: Do you have a favorite project you have completed?
A: My favorite piece I’ve done is either the Basquiat portrait or the Nas & Diddy portrait
Q: Have you explored any other art forms?
A: Besides drawing and painting, I’ve also done printmaking & threading. I’ve worked with ink as well.
Q: How do you want people to interpret your work?
A: I want people to be so shocked about the amount of detail there is in my work
Q: What 3 songs complete your best summer playlist ever?
A: FQ-C#3-V3 – Willow Smith, Trust Issues – Rico Nasty, Queen B!@#H – Lil Kim
Q: What are some of your future goals and aspirations?
A: I am going to be a famous portrait Artist. I plan on doing celebrity portraits customized for them. Later in life I plan on making an all black art school.
Q: Was there ever a point in time you were discouraged about being an artist? How did you overcome this?
A: In November, I realized how gifted I am at the precision of making my drawings look exactly like the photos given to me. I tried to have people make orders from me for large portraits but I was told I’m not good enough to be charging anything at all! People weren’t crediting my talent & constantly telling me i wouldn’t really get no where making art. I continued to keep creating work & stopped hesitating on exposing my Art! Now I don’t even need to fill out a job app at Mickey Ds or somewhere.
Q: In what ways has art impacted your life?
A: Art has impacted my life mentally on a whole other level. I have found my true self through my art. I feel like once one finds them self there’s absolutely nothing else they can’t do.
Q: Do you have any favorite artists?
A: My favorite artists are Frida Kahlo, Kerry James Marshall, Kehinde Wiley, & David Choe