Today we’d like to introduce you to Masie Love.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’ve been creating for as long as can remember whether it be drawing, painting, making my own clothes, pretty much anything I can make with my hands. I remember waking up early in the morning as a kid with this crazy urge to paint and I didn’t know why I needed to do that. Now I know that early morning is when I need to create, it’s become a routine; wake up, make art. Luckily, I have parents who support me, they’ve always pushed me to do what I love and I’m so grateful for that. When it came time for college and choosing what I wanted to study it was pretty much a no brainer, it had to be art.
I’ve never been interested in what job is going to make me the most money, I always wanted to incorporate art into whatever I end up doing and just be happy. Studying art is really wild, it’s definitely brought me out of my comfort zone. A lot Of the drawing and painting my professors teach is very technical just drawing what I see as it is and that’s never been a part of my process. It’s very challenging to look at an apple for 3 hours straight and dissect its colors and measurements and what not I love the different skills it gives me. All of the technical work is definitely pushing my personal work into an even deeper level of abstraction than before which is really cool to watch.
Has it been a smooth road?
It’s been a bit of both life ebbs and flows for all of us. I think art has been my way of documenting what’s happened. I think the first real block I ever had was when my babcia (my grandmother) passed away when I was 17, that was the first death I had to process and on top of that I lost a lot of friends so it was kind of a lonely period of time that I thought I’d be stuck in forever, it really affected my work I wasn’t able to create any art for about a year I think. It finally hit me that my babcia isn’t gone, she lives through a lot of people in my family. I see her the most in my cousin just little phrases and expressions she makes. And sometimes my dog Misu, she gives me these looks every once in a while and it’s like holy shit… hey babcia it’s pretty crazy.
Please tell us more about your art.
Right now, I’m selling my paintings and working on commission. Right now, I sell my work through my Instagram page, but currently working on making a website so I can do business through that instead of Instagram. I’m proud of myself for doing what makes me happy and being able to meet new people while selling my work, it’s cool going to the post office and sending my work off to its new home. I think I’m pretty easy going I’m not into doing things for the attention, a lot of people in the creative community force things and it’s so easy to see right through them. I’m just doing what makes me happy, that’s what sets me apart.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
In 5-10 years, I’ll still be making art. I want to open my own gallery and show off people’s crazy ass work. We need art, and we need artists.
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- Instagram: @artbymasielove