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Conversations with Adrienne Muse

Today we’d like to introduce you to Adrienne Muse.

Hi Adrienne, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My journey as an artist, Madam Adrienne Muse began in 2014 when my family and I became homeless in Los Angeles. Through that time in the homeless shelter, I was going through a lot. It was when I started to study color theory, it brought me out of my depression. I would create small paintings with the children in the homeless shelter and the more we used bright and beautiful colors, the more I noticed the desire that pulled me towards painting.

Up until that point, I had only drawn with pencil and charcoal. This was an exciting moment for me in my life. Once we found our home, I was able to create more freely and one painting led to another. Fast forward to 2016 when the Huffington Post did an article that featured my wife and I’s painting of Michelle Obama. That was the first time that I knew my art would make a difference and it kept me on the path of being an artist. It was a pleasure to teach my wife to paint as well. Together we created our business Madam Muse. Since then, I have been featured in The New York Times, Essence Magazine, Teen Vogue, La Magazine, Architectural Digest and more. I’ve been blessed to work with brands like Showtime, Smirnoff, The Super Bowl 2022, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, and more. My family is important to me and without their support, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The road has not been smooth. One of the struggles that I faced along the way was taking care of my family as an artist. That’s a field I had no experience in. I didn’t know anyone that could give me advice in the beginning of my career in figuring it out so I did it on my own with my family. Also, I had to face being criticized for my art. Everyone won’t like what you choose to put out there. I had to understand that I have to create what I feel and what I love and do it without any expectations of what others may think about it.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am an artist and I specialize in different mediums such as oil, acrylic, charcoal, and spray paint. I’m mostly known for my artwork but also known for my content on TikTok (theemuses). I’m most proud of my Super Bowl mural at the SoFi Stadium home of the Los Angeles Rams, from a brand collaboration with Smirnoff. It is my largest mural to date and I’m grateful for the opportunity. What sets me apart from others is my ability to navigate in any space where creativity exists. I can never place myself in a box as it will hinder my freedom of expression. I always have to allow myself space to explore all that I am and everything that I want to create.

I’m currently focusing on our Paint Night returning here in LA where we get the opportunity to paint with our fans across the country together where I draw on the canvas and they collaborate by painting on my drawing.

Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
Without the help of my family, my wife Janeeka Muse and two daughters, I would not even be an artist today. They are my creative tribe and backbone. They are basically my creative team as nothing goes out to the public without their approval first. Besides my family, Lena Waithe has been extremely pivotal in my art career. Both as a collector as well as a supportive friend. Because she collects my art as an artist my work was able to be featured in Architectural Digest, and I also did a mural of Whitney Houston at Hillman Grad which is my favorite portrait to date. She is constantly inspiring me and a huge motivator to me and to the community.

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