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Conversations with Kevin Newton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kevin Newton.

Hi Kevin, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
Passionately eclectic, diversely talented African American mixed-race artist fighting the never ending battle for truth, justice and eternal inspiration. Newark, New Jersey native, transplanted to L.A., in my youth, and what a shock to the system that was! Late blooming creator, frustrated with the restrictions of 9-5, spurned on to return to the joy of creating as a youth. Inspired by movies, music, culture and adventurous abstract artists (Picasso, Basquiat, Longo, etc.).

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Smooth road? What’s that? There’s not enough space here to list the many obstacles along this long and winding road to not yet found success. Financial struggles being the main hurdle, but mental challenges have kept neck and neck in this sometimes maddening race to sustainability.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I do it all. My muses keep me experimenting in diverse styles and mediums. Abstracts, portraits, sculptures, collage, digital, mixed media and origami. I thoroughly enjoy challenging myself to find new ways of creating. I don’t have a specific specialty nor style, which is what I’m most proud of and what sets me apart from others, my ability to amazingly rock the house in various and exciting artistic ways.

Risk taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
Risk taker, yeah? Constantly being true to my bliss has cost me jobs and relationships. The inability to settle, the inability to tolerate the mundane, yet the ability to constantly create in spite of what seems to be a Sisyphian like attempt at satiation.

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