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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