Today we’d like to introduce you to Lady Picasso.
So, before we jump into specific questions about your art, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I always liked art my whole life and wasn’t up until 2017 that I decided I wanted to take art seriously and turn it into a career. I was a nursing major at my community college at the time and I was showing a lot of interest in art such as taking more art classes, practicing how to paint at home and doing my earliest commission paintings. I started to do my research on how to become a full-time artist, saving up money at a part-time job, looking up steps on what I needed to do to run my own business, practiced painting, and honestly reading and doing a whole lot of research. Then, that‘s when I started to become an artist full time and left community college which was a year later 2018. Once I started becoming an artist, I immediately got myself involved in the art community by following a bunch of artists all over twitter and Instagram. I created an Instagram and Twitter page solely for my art and uploaded my paintings and drawings every day. I started going to my local art shows in LA and I reached out to people on social media to attend to more of them. I was doing constant research, reading books and articles on artists, small businesses, and entrepreneurs. I think while doing these things. I noticed that I started to build a following on my social media and it helped me find my audience and my niche. It was all consistency, research, being true to myself, and most of all having fun with it is what got me to where I am today as an artist and business owner.
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?
I think becoming an artist was a very risky decision for me financially and mentally because I was making that decision in leaving college and potentially losing respect or support from some people who do not believe in taking that route of life and prefer I do something academic. I also knew that art is not a stable job and all of my sales, marketing strategies, production, is 100% up to me and if I fail, that lands on me. So, I would say that it took me a lot of mental strength and courage not to lose myself through the process because there have been many times where I’ve doubted myself, didn’t make as much sales comparing from a month prior, having frustration with not being artistically inspired for a whole month and dealing with the fact that I couldn’t make any art for a month, and figuring out how to sell and market my art while having no experience in business marketing. I think having confidence and faith in myself made things a whole lot easier because I truly believed in my own success and people started seeing that and taking me more serious afterwards.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
I am a 22-year-old artist and businesswoman based in Los Angeles, California. I run my own online art store and sell my original paintings, art prints, and stickers. I use my social media to market my art and share my life as an artist. I am known for being the painter that creates very ‘smooth’ paintings. I am most proud to see that there have been people whom I never met before and from across the country who decided to buy my work just by one click on my social media. It feels really cool to know that there’s people all over the world enjoy that enjoys work and willing to invest what you have created with your heart and mind. I think what sets me apart from others is that I’m not afraid to step out of my comfort zone when creating art and having a distinguished style of painting smooth, “beautiful-looking” people in very nonproportional body shapes whilst having a mix of sloppy lines, abstract, and rough-looking figures in my paintings.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Being authentic, true to yourself, and not taking anything too seriously. Learn how to have fun with what you do and remember why you’re doing it in the first place. I create art because it comes from a special place of my heart and not art that only other people will like. I think that applies for other people because we are all so caught up with wanting to have recognition for what we do and wanting people to buy our work, but it’s important to remember that at the end of the day you’re doing it for you and it should come from a place of sincerity. Your real audience will eventually see that and that success comes later.
- Fine art prints ranges from $15.00 – $20.00
- Sticker packs ranges from $5.00 – $10.00
- Website: www.ladypcasso.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/ladypcasso
- Twitter: twitter.com/ladypcasso