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Journey

My Journey to Art…

After graduating college, the reality of life smacked me in the face; I needed a hobby other than playing video games in my spare time. Unfortunately, I had the misfortune of being a part of the large percentage of college graduates that were not able to find a job right out of college. The nightmare of being jobless lasted for 9 gruesomely long months. With nothing to do but chores during the day, depression started to settle in and I noticed that I did a whole lot of nothing with my day. There may be some people in this world that may view this as an ideal situation, but not me, it just made me think about my life more, which was scary. I knew I had to find something I could do in my spare time, that wasn’t an actual “job”.  I started watching a lot of Youtube videos. While some were random videos, others were of watching other people paint abstracts.This was first encounter with abstract artistry. After watching progressive abstract videos for a couple months, I finally got motivated enough to go out and by a few spray cans and my first blank canvas. This moment was the start of abstract painting for me. I tried the abstract painting out using the spray paint, however I wasn’t a big fan of working with the spray paint. The art supplies were also kind of pricey for someone without a job. Fast forward a year later, my first date with my girlfriend was a paint night. This was the first time that I was introduced to acrylic painting, so I gave the abstract painting another shot. I had found my weapon for my ultimate expression, acrylic paint. From that point on my love for art never stopped. I started out with abstract acrylic painting and then as my encounters with paint increased, I found out that I was good at painting visuals, as well. Painting visuals was the beginning of my motivation and message to the people, and of course, my wanting to create art for the people. I was able to bring my abstract and visual acrylic painting together, which gives me my unique painting style today. That is how the birth of ArtsByQuamaine came about!

 

What Art Means to Me…

Art embodies passion, love, care, concerns, anger, worrieness, and hope. I can use any one these emotions to create a message to paint. All of these emotions can also be used in a single painting. That’s the beauty of art to me. No matter what you’re feeling, creating art can release one, if not all of your emotions. As people, we can hold a lot of things in, sometimes not even realizing we’re holding something in. Art allows us to express every feeling, not just the happy ones. Art contributes to my life by allowing me to design and put my way of thinking on the canvas, so that others can see. The thing that is most beautiful about art is the opportunity for one of two outcomes: either someone sees what you’re seeing or someone sees something completely different from you. This experience allows you to see someone else’s outlook on life, which can be different than your outlook. This kind of art creates a bond between the painter and the observer, which is extremely beautiful when looking from the outside in.  Art can push the limits of the mind.

 

What Inspires Me about Art…

I get this natural kind of high when I paint. It’s the feeling of being completely free. It’s as if I’m in my own world where the colors and I only exist. I tend to get lost in my abstract paintings because I am solely subconsciously painting them, with no idea whatsoever on the approach to creating it or the ultimate outcome of the piece. The art comes from the heart, it’s just me.The only thing happening is the canvas and the paint becoming one when I create art. I enjoy creating art that makes people want to engage in deep conversation and really contemplate the overall message of my paintings. My favorite part about completing an acrylic painting is seeing how beautifully different the final result of how I pictured the combination of my deepest emotions and ultimate message look on the completed canvas, as opposed to, in my mind. I look forward to all the challenges that come with the art process, from sketching, painting, analyzing, and even varnishing the painting. With my art process, mistakes tend to happen, for instance, paint dripping where it wasn’t suppose to drop on the canvas. That’s absolutely okay though, because because every drop of paint, will drip wherever it was meant to drop. Mistakes create dope art.

 

My Purpose as an Artist…

Being passionate about art is my purpose. Showing people that whatever you believe in can indeed come true is what I strive for everyday as an artist. We just need to remember and recognize that we just have to work extremely hard, sometimes harder than others. Knowing that I can inspire or uplift someone with a stroke of paint, gives me all the purpose in the world. I believe that the change that needs to happen in this world most definitely starts with ourselves as individuals, but holds true power in today’s youth. As an artist, I hope to work towards building a platform where I can encourage and speak directly with today’s youth. I hope to influence them to continue striving for and actively pursuing whatever they want out of their lives. I also hope to push and motivate people to be different and unique in their own way. Everyone is different, and we have to learn how to accept and understand that. Once we do, then we will be more confident in who we are as people. My journey as an artist has enabled me to identify who I am as a person and my purpose in this life.

 

My Ultimate Goal as an Artist…

I plan to keep creating art in order to continuously show that the grind never stops, especially when you’re passionate about it. I will continue to lead by example how you can do whatever you want to do. Having a message with my acrylic paintings will also help motivate and push people forward in their lives.

 

Print replicas of original artwork can be a controversial topic in the art community. Why provide that option to your potential art consumers?

When I decided to make my pursue of my passion for art a priority, I knew that it was going to be a difficult road ahead.  Purchasing original art can be pricey depending on various factors like the artist’s credibility, the time invested in a piece, and the size of the canvas. If I was going to make a living off of selling my art, I had to give an opportunity to the people who were art lovers, but who couldn’t spend a couple hundred dollars on original artwork. Contrary to popular belief, I do not make fine art prints of all of my artwork. All of my abstract paintings remain one of a kind. However, for my visual artwork, I do make fine art prints from time to time. When I decided to create fine art prints, I wanted to make sure that I gave my consumers the best possible fine art print money can buy. I taught myself how to conduct my own printing. In the beginning, there was a pretty steep learning curve. The process is very involved, from processing and editing the image to actually printing the final fine art print. After extensive research and continuously striving for better version prints, I ended up becoming really good at it and was finally capable of giving my consumers that high quality fine art print I was looking for. With my fine art prints, I am able to provide an outlet of purchasing art to those who enjoy it, but aren’t in the financial position to own an original acrylic painting. I truly believe that the messages I create on my various  canvases, shouldn’t only be accessible to original art buyers, but to anyone that feels inspired by my pieces.

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