Shout Out Florida

I think it's extremely dope to see the growth of Florida's art scene. For a while I've been paying attention to some of the emerging artists from the state and I really do love the differences in styles and techniques. I had the pleasure of speaking to a few of Florida's own....


"I like to study neurology, I like to study Shamanism, and stuff like that really influences the subject matter of my art. I feel like when you have knowledge in other areas it gives you more that you can paint and it widens your perspective on art." - phoenixaaart

"It's easier for me to express myself through art than it is through words." - phoenixaaart

Instagram: @phoenixaaart


"I've been drawing all my life. I started with anime like a lot of other people, but I wanted to move away from that style. In anime there weren't a lot of black characters and that always bothered me, even in american comics there weren't many. So I do it to the fullest. I've always been into my routes and history, black empowerment. I've always been someone who studies, so then I just said I'll illustrate me, my people." - Jamaul Johnson

"I like the state that I'm in while I'm doing work. The process to me is relaxing and meditative" - Jamaul Johnson

Instagram: @creative_is_an_understatement


"South Florida is a melting pot. You have a lot of people down here from the north, south, and a lot of immigrants come here from all different countries. It’s a beautiful thing because you go to one city or a block over and you'll see a particular style, then you go to another block and you'll see another style and it’s all embraced.” - JaFLEU The Artist

Instagram: @jafleu


"I love anatomy. I realized that I was drawing muscles and shadows first. I was a nerd when it came to anatomy. I don't go into detail with eyebrows, eyelashes, and pupils, I don't do all of that. The strokes are what forms my work." - Tracy Guiteau

"When words are not there, art is there for me and its always been there for me. Art was it, that was my outlet. When I didn't have anybody to speak to, I just felt like art was it. Art was God to me, that's how I got answers." - Tracy Guiteau

Instagram: @guiteauart


This is only the beginning. I believe that Florida will continue to be the home of many more talented artists in the future. I really appreciate these artists for giving me some insight and I'm looking forward to seeing what's in store for them.

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The Art Alchemist

I have an appreciation for muralists. I think the amount of time and effort they put into their work is trully amazing. I really wanted to know what the process is like so I thought it'd be a great to speak to Newark, New Jersey artist, Elijah Minton aka The Art Alchemist.

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....Getting Started....

“I’ve always had an interest in street art and graffiti since I was little. That was my thing. Last summer I just decided to go for it because I had been painting already. I started painting walls for free at first and that developed into what it is now.” - Elijah Minton

Community...His work is really bringing people together, which I think is dope.

“With a mural, you really get to understand the community because everyone talks to you. People connect with the artwork and you can see that they really apreciate it. It's an uplifting kind of thing, for me and for the people.” - Elijah Minton

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Everything great and big started out small, little by little, and that's proven by the way The Art Alchemist explained his work to me.

“Many times I do a sketch beforehand, there's a lot of planning as far as colors. It’s a little intimidating in the beginning. Usually there are a couple of mistakes that I can catch throughout the process, once I get everything laid out and I can see it on the wall then it becomes easier because I’m fine at that point.” - Elijah Minton

 

I really enjoyed hearing what Elijah had to say. I love getting the chance to understand the creative mind behind the work. I respect the work that he does all over the New Jersey and New York area and I'm looking forward to seeing Elijah's artistry continue to grow. 

...I'm De La True,

Peace.

Visit https://the-art-alchemist.myshopify.com/ to see more work by The Art Alchemist.

Shout Out Bay Area

For a long time I've wanted to take a really good look at the Bay Area, the creative scene is extremely diverse and the artists out there are dope. I was able to get some insight on how it is out west. The Bay Area consists of many different cities, some you may have even heard of such as Oakland, San Fransico, Vallejo, Richmond, San Jose, Berkley, and more. 

Check it out!


“A lot of people of color are put into a box, we either are a rapper or are in sports. There are so many paths that we can take and we definitely exist in the future and we exist more than just as entertainers.”- Hella Futures

“Oakland, its just a really interesting city. We’re in the process of being gentrified so you’ll see a lot more activist art, black art. We’re being essentially kicked out of the East Bay. Right now we’re basically saying that we’re here, you can’t ignore us, and the art represents that." - Hella Futures

Instagram: @hellafutures


"I came up with that face in 9th grade. It looks good on a woman and a man. Nobody questions it because no matter who you are, we all have that inner expression. It's an emotion that we all have somewhere. And the emotion, it's not one thing, its not happy, its not sad, its not bad, it's kind of like a combination of everything. It's like the alter ego that we all have." - Ques Williams

"I wake up, put on basketball shorts, and go paint. People want to pay me to see things that I paint in their house. I get a pure joy by the fact that people wake up and look at it. A painting is forever, you got to distroy it for it to be messed up." - Ques Williams

Instagram: @irkoriginals


“I love being able to make ideas tangible for others and myself. Taking it from the mind and and the spiritual realm and making it physical. It’s a gift, a blessing, and a responsibility and I don’t take it lightly." - Zoë Boston

"The Bay Area art scene is eclectic, diverse, vibrant, alive, original, it’s just a perfect place for an artist. In the bay we stick together, we realized there is strength in numbers.” - Zoë Boston

Instagram: @theycallmezb


"I've been drawing since I was in elementary school, painting has always been an interest but I started about 2 years ago. I like to study different techniques of paintings and I'd like to learn more to grow as an artist. I love having the ability to create anything that I want." - Brian Calara-Jones

"All the styles of painting are different and it's all love in The Bay." - Brian Calara-Jones

Instagram: @bcjxart

 


These artists have so much passion for what they do and I'm glad I got the chance to speak to them. I know the Bay Area will continue to make noise and grow creatively. 

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"It’s my way of portraying magic." - Destiney Powell

 Artist: Destiney Powell  Instagram:  @poeticallyillustrated

Artist: Destiney Powell

Instagram: @poeticallyillustrated

Creativity starts somewhere. I always enjoy hearing about the early stages of an artist's journey, many times it'll give a better understanding for the common themes in the work. I had a chance to speak to Destiney Powell, mother, full-time artist, and entrepreneur. 

"My dad was an artist. When he was in college I was 2 years old and he had to keep a sketch book for his architecture class and I used to draw in it every second he left it there unattended. So he bought me one. I drew colorful bunnies, crowns, and he said I always drew black women. As I got older I stuck with the black woman theme, just images of black women that I didn’t get to see growing up that I would have liked to have seen". - Destiney Powell

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Process.....

“I love being able to see my thoughts visually. You can think something and you can picture it in your mind but as an artist you can actually paint it, draw it, or in whatever art you do, you can create it and visually see it in front you. To me that’s a representation of how nothing is impossible. I like the creative process of being able to see my thoughts and dreams right in front of me." - Destiney Powell

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"When I first started pursuing art I was just trying to do it as an outlet. Just to release feelings, something that I’ve always done. I just needed to be creative." - Destiney Powell

At the end of the day it comes down to doing makes you feel at peace. Destiney, mother of three, is a hard working artist and businesswoman. She has to balance so much throughout her days, but it's all worth it because she gets to do what she loves. She's constantly working on her craft and I'm looking forward to watching her journey.

I'm De La True,

Peace.

Visit http://poeticallyillustrated.net to see more work by Destiney.

“With time and age I’ve grown into the woman that I am and my art reflects that." - Artist, Sasha-Loriene

 Artist: Sasha-Loriene  Instagram:  @sashaloriene

Artist: Sasha-Loriene

Instagram: @sashaloriene

I have so much respect for Sasha-Loriene. She's an artist that remains true to herself and really focuses on that.  

The Art and You...

"I feel that your art is a representation of you as a person. So in order to keep growing as an artist you have to do a lot of self work, internal work, always redefining yourself, and figuring out who you are." - Sasha-Loriene 

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I think everyone should be striving to find happiness and live the life that they want. Fear of the unknown is very common but in order to get to where you want to be in life, you will have to find a way to face that fear that stands in front of you and keep it pushing. 

"I like that I can be 100% my authentic self. I don’t have to do anything that I don’t want to do, that’s the best part. I get to be who I am, I get to make a living off of who I am and I don’t have to subscribe to the 9-5. Everything that I do is on my terms, on my dime, and all my goals." - Sasha-Loriene

We all have choices, you don't get to choose where you come from but you can definitely choose where you'll go.

"I made a conscious decision to only do what I want to do, what I feel like my purpose is. Not letting other people’s expectations of me of what I should do or should not do define me as a person. I'm an artist and that’s what I was always meant to be.” - Sasha-Loriene

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Sasha-Loriene is the founder of Black Girls Who Paint, a platform created to help and support black female artists. There are so many black women out there that paint and have a lot of talent, BGWP is a community that continues to get bigger and better and gives so many black women the opportunity to showcase their work to the world. Instagram: @blackgirlswhopaint

I'm looking forward to seeing what else Sasha-Loriene will do through her journey as an artist and innovator.

Visit http://sasha-loriene.com/ to see more work by Sasha-Loriene.

I'm De La True,

Peace.

DeVonté Giovanni Rhea

 Artist: DeVonté Giovanni Rhea  Instagram:  @vondon_art

Artist: DeVonté Giovanni Rhea

Instagram: @vondon_art

"The process of creating and inspiring people is what I love most." -
DeVonté Giovanni Rhea

In order to seperate your work from the work of others you have to step out of your comfort zone, DéVonté Giovanni Rhea has done that. I've been keeping up with the New Orleans artist on social media for a while now because I think his work is fire. Let's take a look.

Growing as an artist...

"I think over time I've learned to pay attention to minor details. It's crazy how minor details will enhance your work. I think just that helped me grow." - DeVonté Giovanni Rhea

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You never want to be stagnant at what you do, you should always be looking to improve in some way no matter what....

"It's really dope to be able to create something and actually feel it at the same time. I feel like it makes my work so much better. So I just love the process of being able to create stuff and express myself through my work. Especially since my work is different from anybody elses, I feel like it's a representation of me. And you definitely have to have passion. In order to improve you definitely have to have passion. If I didn't have the passion to do this, my work would not have improved and it wouldn't come out the way that I want it to."  - DeVonté Giovanni Rhea

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What I like about DéVonté is that you'll know a piece by him when you see it. You just just know, that's how destinct his work is. I think that's the difference between someone that is trying to leave a mark and someone that just rides the wave. You'll eventually be forgotten if you choose to ride the wave everytime, but being a little innovative and doing your own thing will always make you stand out. When I see that multi color drippy paint style on my instagram feed, I know that's DéVonté.

I'm De La True,

Peace.

Visit VonDonArt.com to see more work by DeVonté.

Shout Out Baltimore

I absolutely love the creative energy in Baltimore. Baltimore has one of those creative scenes that I honestly feel is in good hands, artists arn't just creating they are also finding ways to come together and celebrate each other. Throughout the years several different platforms have been started in the DMV and Baltimore area so that artists and creatives alike gain opportunities to showcase their talents.

Please check out the work and words of these four dope Baltimore based visual artists...


"A visual representation of my internal freedom." - Seshat's Brush

"They can have us in 9 - 5 jobs and we can be in debt, slavery, student loans, or whatever they say we owe them but in the end, if you're an artist, they can try to chain your body up, but they'll never take your mind. Your mind is free." - Seshat's Brush

Instagram: @seshatsbrush

"The fact that you can take something that literally does not exist and make it exist because you said so, I just think that's so cool. To actualy create something that was not here before you thought about it, before you planned it, and then took your time with it, I just think that's probably one of the best parts about being an artist. It's really meditative." - Nikki Moon

Instagram: @heyshedraws

"For me it’s more so than about creating whatever it is that I create. It’s about the creative process. I paint because I need to, I need to express something within myself. I love to be in the moment and locked in a painting and just forgetting where I am." - Briana Lenez

Instagram: @brianalenez

 

"I love that I can express myself and that other people love how I express myself. That’s my favorite part about being an artist, seeing how people react to my work. Art allows you to be who you are." - Nai Turner

Instagram: @sidelineimages


What I admire most about Baltimore artists is the amount of passion they have. The art scene continues to grow because artists are constantly working to sharpen their skills and support one another. I love the diverse creativity and I'm looking forward to seeing more of what Baltimore has to offer. 

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Artist to Entrepreneur | Melissa Falconer

 Instagram:  @melissafalconer

Instagram: @melissafalconer

"I wanted to be an entrepreneur, I hated working for other people. It had to be in the arts because that’s what I'm good at. It’s the freedom to move on my own path and do what I want to do with my skill set." - Melissa Falconer
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What I really like most about Melissa is that she remains humble and is always seeking information. She does research on new techniques to sharpen her skills which seperates her from other artists. One of the most recent techniques that she has been working on is color theory. 

"I want to diversify my artwork into more mediums instead of just acrylic on canvas and prints. I'm trying to work on doing apparel and other stuff. I want my art to be more than just on canvas, I want it to be more like a brand surrounding the artwork." - MelissaFalconer

I'm definitely rooting for Melissa's success. I like that she's aware that just having the skill is not enough, she knows that you also have to nurture and continuously learn. With that mentality I believe that she'll do very well for herself. She's already on the right track.

I'm De La True,

Peace.

Visit www.mfalconer.com to see more work by Melissa Falconer

Black Panther

The movie, "Black Panther" has definitely lived up to expectations. You already know that I'm all about ART and CREATIVITY. I'm seeing how this movie has inspired so many dope art pieces so I wanted to highlight a few. Check out these artists!

Artist: Steve Smith

IG: @steve__smith___

Artist: Creative Agency

IG: @creative_agency_

 

Artist: Dooga Art

IG: @dooga_art

Artist: Nikki LAVI

IG: @nikkilavi


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Shout Out Chicago

Chicago is a city with artists that have undeniable talent. When it comes to creativity it always seems to me that every artist had his or her own style, which I think is dope. I was able to have conversations with some of the talent coming out of the city and one thing that I can honestly say about them is that they are all extremely ambitious and locked into their passion. 

"I was just thinking that there are a lot of portraits of Obama that are around, I was thinking what I could do to be different, and also highlight it’s importance. A black president, somebody that made history, somebody that has importance in our community just from setting the example. I’m a fan of marvel characters as well so I was just like, what is something that could display what would match his characteristics?" - Arrington

Instagram: @heir_porter

"Most of time I know what colors I'm going with because of the specific music artists. Anybody who knows old school Busta Rhymes knows that he was always super energetic, thats why I chose him. Then I used the red because red is a color that's kind of like fire, that's how I play off the colors." - Ieesha Naeema

"Most of the time I don't have control over a lot of things that go on in my life. I feel like art is the only thing that I can say is trully mine and I can do whatever I want with it."  - Ieesha Naeema

Instagram: @i.am.naeema

"If I'm thinking something, I can easily bring it into fruition. What ever I'm imagining for myself I can create it, I have the hands to create it, and I have the means to create it. So I think it's something that artists are tuned into, that you know that you can make something from nothing really. I like the idea of that." - Chidile

Instagram: @chidile

 

 

"Art allows me to express myself creatively. I have a lot of ideas that I would like to see come to life and a lot of concepts that I want to bring to life. Art is one string that has definitely allowed me to start doing that and learn how to do that more effectively." - Blake Pierré

Instagram: @justblake_

They allowed me to explore and understand the process of the work that they create. I was extremely excited to highlight these Chicago artists, I'm glad I can show you all.

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