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Meet Ariella Israel of Thee Creator

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ariella Israel.

Ariella, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My journey as an artist begin the day I was born such talents are only God given. It all started on Hartford Ave in Cincinnati, Oh. As a young girl, I’ve always found myself with a pencil in my hand drawing. I’ve always felt most inspired whenever I would watch cartoons such as Scooby-Doo, Blues Clues or Spongebob. Believe it or not I was drawing before I could write but back then my style was more abstract. My siblings and I would have drawing sessions of the infamous house, sun and car but I always spruced mine up a bit. I would draw a stone walkway, my stick figure would have a purse on each arm to match her dress and I can’t forget about the hair down her back.

Although I wasn’t very good at drawing something inside of me felt connected with it. Growing up in Avondale there were more than a few murals in passing and it would light this spark inside of me. In spite of not always having the supplies to create it just added more fuel for me to thrive in the future as an artist. I never took it seriously until I came across a fellow thriving artist, Markus Prime. His images were captivating and most importantly he made a career out of it. At that moment, I knew that being an Artist was not unrealistic, I could be whatever I put my mind to. From that day forward, my days were spent perfecting my craft. In my mind, I knew before I could start my career as an artist. My style and skills had to be developed. I take pride in original work and I’ve learned recreating pictures will get you noticed but originality is what keeps them noticing you.

I wouldn’t be where I am without God, along with consistency, patience, and dedication. I’ve learned over time that sacrifice is good particularly when it means a better future for your family and yourself. I have sacrificed meals, sleeps, memories for my career. There are times I sacrificed time going out with friends to stay into work. Which leads to how important it is to have the right people around you. The right support system will help your business thrive without them having to spend a dollar. They know how to uplift you, inspire you and when to give you space without any disagreements behind it. My support system plays a key role in my success thats why I’m very thankful for them. I have people around that’s connected me with some of my biggest supporters today. My clientele continues to grow as my talents continue to grow.

Great, 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?
This road has been everything but smooth. Most of my challenges were internal. I believe the way a person is brought up in their household shapes them into the person they are as an adult. I say that to say this, knowing my worth has never been my strong point. I would sell myself short in a minute but that will not work if you would like to be successful. Also, believing those who discourage you that could possibly the worse thing you could do. You began to doubt yourself when you start to believe people say you’ll never amount to anything as an artist. I’m guilty of soaking that type of negativity in and it makes me want to give up. It’s even more challenging when it comes from those you’re closer to. Honestly, every challenge continues to teach me to always stay focused on why I started.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I specialize in hand-painted apparel, beautiful custom paintings, and family portraits. I create artwork and merchandise that shows people in a royal estate based on the Bible. With those images, I sell them on mirrors, buttons, magnets, backpacks, pillows, puzzles, and now clothing. Also, I provide paint and sips, murals, illustrations for children’s books, flashcards and so much more. I am known for my portraits of people which Is my best seller. I am most proud as a company the amount of people I’ve touched with my art. I get random people messaging me about how much they love my art. It’s the small things that’s keeps me motivated. I believe what sets me apart from others is my attention to detail and my ability to capture it.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
The quality I feel is most important is the ability to be open-minded. You are capable of connecting to a more diverse clientele when you are open to new ideas. For example, I’m a painter but I have a potential client that wants me to illustrate a book for them. Although I would be stepping out of my comfort zone to work digitally but that would open more doors for me in the future. I’m always open for new adventures, ideas and so on when it comes to art. If not, I would hinder my career.

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