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Rising Stars: Meet Carmel Katumba

Today we’d like to introduce you to Carmel Katumba.

Hi Carmel, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
My journey as a painter started six years ago in my university dorm. Although I have always been creative from a young age, being in a new country inspired me to document my experiences, feelings, and relationships. I turned to painting during my first year of university and haven’t stopped since. It started from small doodles and sketches in my journals. The more I wrote and drew about my journey in life, the more I wanted to do it, which eventually translated into me drawing and painting on larger surfaces. In the beginning, I didn’t have the budget to get the canvas I truly wanted, so I turned to repurposing until I could. For two years, I painted on the inside of cereal, oatmeal, and Swiffer sheet boxes. In my last year of university, I had saved enough to get the quality painting materials I always wanted. Those are reflected in the paintings I’ve shared digitally through social media platforms and my website in the last two years.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
My journey has been a smooth road when looking at it from the right perspective, and I am thankful for that. My journey continuously teaches me to be patient, grateful, and consistent. One of my biggest struggles in the last few years has been that I temporarily live in a country that is not my country of residence, which is hard to do while in school. It is impossible to take on opportunities and build wealth. Still, I am grateful to have this outlet and to be able to express myself in a way that also inspires others. In due time, I believe I will overcome this bump.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
All in all, I am creative. I love to create, from paintings to music mixing and clothing. My main focus right now is painting, DJ-ing, hand-sewing, photography, and occasionally modeling. I am most proud of my ability to balance being an artist, a student, and an adult. For the last two years, I have been working toward finding the best way to show up for all these three in a healthy way. It has been a challenge, and it still is, but it is certainly possible. I believe that my ability to embody all that I am is what sets me apart from others. My creations are what they are because of who I am, inside and out.

What matters most to you?
God and my relationship with Him are what matter to me the most. I believe that I am able to do what I am doing, I am where I am, and I have a loving community and family because of Him. My relationship with God comes above all, and it always will.

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