I'm totally a work in progress. Always. I always will be.
My art journey has started and stopped a few times. Originally, I wanted to work on the creative end of advertising, and I do that, but not the way I thought it would work out. I wanted to work at a big firm in a big city - preferably New York. I interned there and loved it! But God called me away - to something different than what I had dreamed for myself. And as I've found, God's plans are always WAY better than what I dream up for myself.
So, I followed a different path that took me to Trinidad - to Nigeria - and back home to Athens, GA, a mecca of art, music, and food it's own right. I started my career in Graphic Design. I worked for a small firm, than jumped over to a Magazine, and landed as an in-house designer for a large fast food chain - Zaxby's. Ever heard of them? It's chicken fingers and fries, but they like being called "Quick Casual" instead of fast food.
I learned a lot in all three positions, and grew as a person. But one of the biggest things I learned is that time is our most valuable asset. And I like being in control of my time. It didn't make sense to me that I had to sit a desk after my tasks were complete, just for the sake of "being there". I became restless, and started to dream of what I wanted my life to look like, and how I could make that happen.
Dreams led me to grad school at the University of Georgia where I earned a Masters in Advertising, and a seat as an adjunct instructor in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. I really enjoyed my time at UGA, and started my own ad agency while I was in school. My agency + teaching adjunct put me back in control of how my time was spent.
As the years went by, my little ad agency grew and grew. Eventually, my husband joined me working full time in the agency, and together we carved out a niche for ourselves.
I LOVE working in advertising and have NO plans to change that aspect of my professional life. But I do crave creative outlets, and more and more of my work in advertising involves dealing with media reps, meeting with clients, working on budgets and planning. I enjoy those tasks, but I'm the type of person that needs to create things.
Last summer, I just had a true craving to paint. So I brushed off my art easel (which was broken), found a blank canvas and my paints, and went for it. And couldn't stop painting. I tried watercolors and loved those too.
This is my journey. I'm a work in progress - an artist in progress. Nothing is perfect. At times, it's just messy. But life isn't perfect or always clean and put together. I hope my work reflects the beauty and reality of life.
Thanks for reading!