Today we’d like to introduce you to Sophia Dubuisson.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Looking back on my childhood I did not have much of an artistic background. Throughout my younger years, I enjoy drawing amongst other things. It always surprises people when I told them that I used to play soccer, swim, and even do Judo. When I reached high school that’s when I started spending more time drawing and developed a liking for Art. My parents signed me up for an after-school program that would change my life… ”le centre d’art” was a couple of blocks away from my school and I would walk there every Wednesday and Friday afternoon to my classes that I enjoyed very much. I rubbed elbows with talented Haitian and international artist that inspired me to keep going.
I migrated to the US to pursue a higher education in 2017.
Being away from home gave me more freedom to explore myself as a person and as an artist. I took advantage of the art classes that my school was offering, saved up on money by working at an art store. I was utilizing the school studio space as much as I could.
Sharing my work online was scary but at the same time exciting because people were very supportive. Two years after graduation I have my studio based in south Boston, SOWA where I paint and showcase my artwork.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back, would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The transition from painting for fun to making a living out of painting is by far the hardest part. We currently live in a world where an online presence is very important, being able to manage your time to create and to promote your work is one of the things I’ve struggled with over the years. The online audience has expectations in order to get some kind of recognition, I’ve struggled with meeting those expectations when I started. Being dependent on “likes and views” is a poison but once I freed myself from those chains it got easier.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Earlier I mentioned that I attended college and graduated. I graduated with a degree in psychology. I live two lifes. One as a behavioral technician, I use my background in psychology to help kids that suffer from different forms of mental deficiency. And another one as a professional portrait artist. As a BT (behavioral technician) it is extremely rewarding knowing that I can make a change in someone’s life, I can watch their progress firsthand and cheer for them. As an artist, I love being able to connect with people without having to say a word because they find comfort in my pieces.
One of my proudest moments was when a stranger walked into my studio took a look at a painting of the Boondocks characters Huey and Riley Freeman he did not understand why but he felt a connection. Later on, he reached out to me to tell me that he watched the show, and it was an eye-opening experience for him because some topics addressed in the show are things he would have never known because of his ethnic background.
What do you think about luck?
Luck is tricky because I don’t think I’m lucky. I believe that all the good energy you put out in the universe will come back to you one way or another, there’s too much bad energy for me to add on to it therefore I choose to only release positive energy. I pray to God, and he has not disappointed
- Website: Phiaart.com
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