Today we’d like to introduce you to Sofia Bell.
Sofia, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My curiosity started early in school. I was a good student, but I always found my mind wandering in class. I would often think of topics at random and sketch them on homework or reading assignments. Thankfully, I never had teachers that discouraged my ability to think creatively. During my last two years of high school, my AP Art teacher recognized my potential and pushed me to further expand and grow with my talent. By this time, I was making larger-scaled works of art and wielded greater technical skills. During those last years of high school, I longed for an emotional outlet, where art served a higher purpose. While refining my craft during college, networking became a really great tool in my arsenal. There are great communities I found such as Chamber of Cyphers, KawaiiKillas, and GalaNights. Having collaborated with these groups of wonderful individuals gave room to build stronger connections within my community.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I wouldn’t have been able to fully learn from my experiences if everything were easy. Along the way, I faced a lot of challenges that served a greater purpose for me in the end. I learned a lot about handling myself as an artist and the value I carry. The greatest thing any artist can do is learn how to navigate themselves in a business environment and have a team to help out. I first started off doing a lot of my work alone. That taught me the importance of having a well-equipped team that shares the same goals.
Please tell us more about your art.
I work on a collaborative or a singular project basis. Collaboratively, I work closely with hosts to help curate a live performance event and/or perform a timed live painting. I use the setting of the venue to inspire a pre-established concept for the event. On singular projects, I create digital and fine art designs. I work with different mediums to fully maximize the potential of the given project. What sets me apart is my collage-like style. I use detail in a way that captures your visual focus. I also have training in various styles: abstract, surrealism, and realism.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I give a lot of credit to the teachers that have motivated me to continue in my journey: Mrs. Allen, Prof Green-Hodges, and Michal Cain. My friends from Chamber of Cyphers, IntlWaters, ForeignNative, Golden Girls Club, and GalaNights that contribute to the Inland Empire art movement and give people like me a platform for artistic expression. I want to give a personal thanks to my best friend Mariah Green who inspires me endlessly and shares my similar passion for art and reclaiming space. Lastly, I want to express my sincerest appreciation for all the people who support me and all the conversations shared during events. It’s always been a pleasure to connect on a deeper level with people no matter the background.
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Summer Nights (2019), Rage (2019), Frequency (2019), Lost in Translation (2017), Anniversary (2018), Mariah, Green, Sarah Bazzy, Leann Labra