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#TAAP6 – Mediakit 19/20 + Sponsorship Opportunities: Art Projects in the Creative Community

#TAAP6 - Mediakit 19/20 + Sponsorship Opportunities: Art Projects in the Creative Community

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A bit about our organization. We are a socially conscious incubator that advances profit-sharing creative projects. We support, educate, and develop entrepreneurs, coders, artists, creators, and developers from all walks of life. We drive forward projects through SMARTER collaboration from the foundation up. But most importantly, we build and multiply spaces for creators to come together to combat the all too common and interconnected epidemics of isolation, mental health, and homelessness in the creative community
 

Sponsorship opportunities

Designed to create collaborative projects with forward-thinking organizations to create sponsorship opportunities that align with their strategic goals & messages.
 
 

Targeted Marketing Strategy

We work together to place their product in front of the people looking for it through our network, podcasts, street-level marketing campaigns, art installations, and our art shows.
 

K A A Sy

Keyword Adaptive Advertising System lets customers choose keywords for us to target based on the demographics that visit our network. It is based on Google analytics so I know what my traffic is interested in but it helps by letting me know who to advertise too.
 

Creative Network

It is designed to sell sponsorships based on our combined network and distribute the profit share while funding projects
 

#TAAP6 - Mediakit 19/20 + Sponsorship Opportunities: Art Projects in the Creative Community

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We are looking for 23 Canadian artists

#TAAP6 – We are Looking for 23 Canadian Artists + New Dates & Location Change (Phase 2)

We are looking for 23 Canadian artists

#TAAP6 - Now at 918 Bathurst Street on Sunday, November 10th

 

Click here to register

 

Call to Artists

There are 60 interviews recorded for Toronto Artists Talk Solutions out of those 60 interviews 37 have registered for The Annex Art Party 6. All wall spaces have been sold out but we'll have an RSVP list.

 

TAAP6 - The Annex Art Party

A holiday pop-up market for up to 60 vendors that feature positive vibes for a creative community. Emerging artists of Toronto can connect through a series of beautifully choreographed events that include vending their art, mixing and mingling, and performing live art like dance or music. The event also offers food and beverages to artists and vendors alike.

 

Contemporary Extravaganza

is a display of contemporary art made by Canadian artists who work in diverse and unexpected contexts and whose artworks reveal highly personal and authentic forms of expression. Our aim is to introduce these artworks to a wide audience and to expand our understanding of what can be accepted as contemporary art.

 

New location

The new location is just up the street from Bathurst Station, it's at 918 Bathurst St. This new location allows us to host 2-day events on a weekend starting in May 2020 for #TAAP7. #TAAP6 will still be a 1-day event on Sunday, November 10th, 2019 starting at 2 pm. I am however already selling space for May 

 

Early bird ended August 1st:

  • $160 per table - without wall space
  • $180 per table with wall space
  • Wall spaces sold out (RSVP list for spaces

 

#TAAP6 (Phase 2 Viral Video)

  • You will be contacted for This is a Unicorn Meetup (viral video for the event)
  • We are looking for 23 Canadian artists
  • The Annex Art Party 6
  • on Sunday, November 10th
  • from 2 pm till 7 pm

 

#TAAP7 (Phase 1 – Early birds)

  • 2 days 60 tables per day
  • Starts on Saturday, May 30th, 2020
  • Goes until Sunday, May 31st, 2020
  • Both days are from 2 till 11 pm

 

Both will be hosted at

 

1 step registration process

Click here to register

When we receive your application we'll E-Mail you an invoice

  • We no longer process cash. We use Paypal
  • Paypal allows for debit card payments
  • We send you an invoice within 48 hours
  • We hold your space for 10 days
  • Only need a 60% deposit to secure your space
  • Deposits are non-refundable.
  • Must have full payment on the event date

Shop – The Acrylic Paintings of Meighan West Explore Self & Feminism

The Acrylic Paintings of Meighan West Explore Self & Feminism

Who are you?

Meighan West. I am a woman trying to explore feminism and myself through the wonderful expression of painting.

 

What do you do?

Acrylic on canvas

 

Why did you get started?

I've painted since I was a little girl. It's how I express my curiosities.

 

Tell us about the 1st time you knew what you were doing was the way you wanted to approach your art.

I had a vision of my mural and when I finished that labor of love and pain I realized I needed to keep exploring feminism through this medium using the raw female form.

 

What are you working on right now?

A collection of varied female nudes, each pose expressing a different emotion. It's called "read my tits". So often women say read my lips because men are just looking at their bodies, with this I'm hoping people can understand what these women are saying just by looking at their bodies.

 

Describe your creative process.

I often get inspired by an image in my head that comes from whatever I'm experiencing either through my daily life, what I'm reading at the time or what I'm learning about.

 

Who is your art for? Why is it important?

My art is for feminists (male or female) who want to feel the expression of women

 

What is the hardest part about being an artist?

Finding your confidence. Every artist is different and can be considered "better", you have to believe that what you're producing is worth sharing.

 

If you could tell your younger self anything, what would it be and why?

You are an artist. It is worth something. As a child art was connected to my mother and I had a very strained relationship with her so I didn't see the value in being an artist. I hid from it for a long time to distance myself from her. I should have embraced my art and lived in it, through it, as I do now.

 

Why is art and creativity important for the community at large?

It brings beauty and self-expression to everyone. Even those who don't feel they can express themselves in artistic ways can feel connected and represented through other peoples art.

 

 

Have you had to deal with isolation, mental illness, and/or homelessness? What did you learn from your experience?

I have self-isolated. I grew up with a traumatized mother which made me feel like I couldn't connect with people because no one would understand me. I went through therapy and worked through a lot of my childhood issues which allowed me to let in the incredible people in my life and find ways to accept love and happiness. It's a long, maybe never-ending process but it's worth it be able to fully experience the beauty in your life.

#TAAP6 – Ray Art, Zoe Bu & Art in the AM. Toronto Artists Win Unicorn Awards

Toronto Artists Win Unicorn Awards

Hello, world!

The Unicorn Awards were introduced for #TAAP5 as a way for peers, industry insiders, and the CUTO Creative team to recognize and vote for those who have a positive influence on our creative community.

The categories included best dressed (cosplay is encouraged), best setup, and best live painter.

Click here – to see The Unicorn Awards 2018

 

 

All Year Round

The goal is to expand the integration of the Unicorn Awards beyond just the event heading into #TAAP6. We want to award unicorns who interact with us through social media, projects, and through our event.

This year we'll be handing out numerous awards. There will be some returning from the previous events as well as some new ones.

Click here - for more info about #TAAP6

 

Unicorn of the Month

One of those new awards is Unicorn of the Month.

Unicorn of the Month is based on the interviews we publish on CUTO Marketplace. It is designed to highlight trending artists. Trending on CUTO is based on accumulated volume (Volume = Page views, sales, shares, likes, and comments).

 

Unicorn of the Month

Below is a list of all our trending artists between June and April 2019.

June – The Passionate Art of Ray

 

 

June starts with the Passionate Art of Ray, who has been one of the most visited artists in our marketplace since he was published.

Another popular artist is the bold and vibrant Alex Leon.

The interdimensional art of Cynthia Van Leeuwen rounds off the top 3,

immediately followed by creative directors Helena Una George

and The multidisciplinary art of Gail Braith.

In June,

Creative Entrepreneurs also used resources to

analyze a business opportunity,

how to network online and offline,

and 10 places to submit art

 

May -- The Intuitive Fluid Abstract Paintings of Tokoroii

 

The abstract painting journal of Tokoroii had the most volume in May. Zoe Bu identifies as a gender-fluid, pan-romantic demisexual and gives us one of the most insightful interviews in our marketplace.

Raymond Art,

Helen Una George,

and Art in the AM roundup May with the most volume for that month.

In May Unicorns also brushed up on their skills in our articles like:

9 best supply stores,

5 success principals,

5 rehearsal spaces,

social media advice,

and how to create murals in Toronto.

 

April - Art in the AM wins April

 

Art in the AM was published last year on August 23rd and has remained a popular artist ever since; she wins her Unicorn Award this year!

April 2019 is rounded up by creative director Helen Una George,

Ray Art,

Cynthia Van Leeuwen,

and Desire Betty who was also published last year.

In April, creative entrepreneurs also read up on

success principles for artists,

supply stores

and rehearsal spaces in Toronto,

social media advice,

and a service provide by Paula Cowan; the 80/20 rule of job searching.

 

Shop – The Sculptures & Paintings of Andrew Lindell

Shop - The Sculptures & Paintings of Andrew Lindell

 

Who are you? (Bio) 

I have been building and dreaming since birth. Influenced by great aunt and uncle who had a collection of Canadian abstract art collection from the 60’s and 70’s. Work as a scenic master carpenter in film. In early 20’s I lived in Arviat Nunavut for two years. I believe art can enrich and has healing properties. I have work in the U S and Canada. Manulife art collection.

 

What do you do? Clearly define your medium or what service(s) you provide.

Sculpture and paint

 

Why did you get started?

Therapy

 

Tell us about the 1st time you knew what you were doing was the way you wanted to approach your art.

Doris Mccarthy said if you want an interesting life become an artist.

 

What are you working on right now? (anything you have coming up!)

I’m working with caribou antlers, wood, and graphite. I am going to Nunavut to collaborate with artists there. Bring awareness to the awesome culture the Inuit have.

 

Describe your creative process?

I am trying new techniques every day. I am a master carpenter at age 59. So I use what is available to me from the scenic film world which I have been working in for the last 20 years. Lately, I have treated CNC castoffs from films such as It and Shazam with Charvin oils to produce abstract art.

 

Who is your art for? Why is it important?

I will be in the AGO and National gallery one day but my art is for everyone who loves color and form to enhance their life. My art brings awareness to our vital times and creates a contemplative dialogue.

 

 

What is the hardest part about being an artist?

Rejection. Try and try again

 

If you could tell your younger self anything, what would it be and why?

Stay in school

 

If you had to pitch a collaborative project to the community, what would it be?

An exchange program with Inuit and Aboriginal artists from Australia.

 

What is one thing you'd like to fix in the art community?

Stop wasting resources

 

Why is art and creativity important for the community at large?

It fosters a positive approach to life

 

 

Have you had to deal with isolation, mental illness, and/or homelessness? What did you learn from your experience?

I had an eating and anxiety disorder. I learned that life is a state of mind

 

What are your views on isolation, homelessness, and mental illness in the arts community?

Art is therapeutic

 

What are some steps artists can take to cope with isolation, homelessness, mental illness?

There are many resources to choose your path. Be courageous and ask for help

 

Shop online

For more Andrew Lindell Art on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/lindellart/

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/adlindell/

Shop – Bold & Vibrant: Paintings by Alex Leon

PAINTINGS BY ALEX LEON!

Use 5 keywords to describe your art/medium:

BOLD, BRIGHT, VIBRANT, STRANGE, SURREAL!

 

Who are you? (Bio)

Toronto based artists working hard at creating the paintings YOU want made YOUR WAY! EVERY SINGLE DAY!

 

What do you do? Clearly define your medium or what service(s) you provide.

I provide everyday men and women with paintings, drawings and murals to fit their visual needs! For fair, affordable prices!

 

Why did you get started?

I got started because I felt it was my duty to provide an affordable art service to regular hard working people who are in need of an artwork that speaks to them.

 

Tell us about the 1st time you knew what you were doing was the way you wanted to approach your art.

When I sold my first few paintings and the buyers had a very positive and satisfied reaction to the works! It touched my heat and I knew that it was my destiny and purpose.

 

What are you working on right now? 

BIG MURALS!

Describe your creative process.

My creative process involves a lot of visual research and taking the time to look over a work for several hours to see what it needs, and what it doesn't.

 

Who is your art for? Why is it important?

My art is for the everyday man and woman who do not necessarily know a lot about art but share a passion for creativity and beauty.

 

What is the hardest part about being an artist?

Making a decent dollar while doing what you enjoy.

 

If you could tell your younger self anything, what would it be and why?

Do not get caught up in silly jobs that are useless and meaningless to your true life purpose.

 

If you had to pitch a collaborative project to the community, what would it be?

I personally do not do collaborative projects as my art is a very independent process. I have my own very individualized approach to my passion. A big reason why I create art in the first place is because it is my own self expression without the collaboration of another artistic source. I like my own independence and freedom.

 

What is one thing you'd like to fix in the art community?

I would like to see less of the extreme political art as for me art is about achieving something aesthetically pleasing and beautiful and less about shoving your opinions down someone's throat.

 

Why is art and creativity important for the community at large?

Art is very important because it provides people in a community with an outlet for creativity and self expression. If one cannot express themselves through art, they may feel the need to express themselves through anger, violence and abuse. Which is extremely unhealthy and dangerous.

 

Have you had to deal with isolation, mental illness, and/or homelessness? What did you learn from your experience?

I personally have never dealt with any of these issues but I strongly feel for the homeless as I do often think about the struggles they face in their every day life.

 

What are your views on isolation, homelessness, and mental illness in the arts community?

Very important to seek help when needed and indulge in positive hobbies and activities! Occupy your time with healthy outlets for creativity and self expression.

 

What are some steps artists can take to cope with isolation, homelessness, mental illness?

Nurture relationships with friends, peers, colleagues and family. As they can be turned to when you go through hardships and difficulties in your life.

 

What is your Facebook Url?

alex_leon_art

 

What is your Facebook Url?

https://www.facebook.com/PaintingsbyAlexLeon/

 

Call to Artists – 60 Spaces Available for #TAAP6 (Phase 1)

TAAP6 - The Annex Art Party

A holiday pop up market for up to 60 vendors that features positive vibes for a creative community; emerging artists of Toronto can connect through a series of beautifully choreographed events that include vending their art, mixing and mingling, and performing live art like dance or music. The event also offers food and beverages to artists and vendors alike.

 

#TAAP6 #CreativeUTO #Curatoronthego #CUTO  #TOArtistsTalkSolutions #ArtistsGiftIdeas

Register online: Step 1

  • Vendors register tables for free
  • Early bird tables are $145 without wall space
  • Early bird payments are due August 1st
  • Returning artist E-mail us and we'll update your info
     
  • Here is the registration link for this form
  • Scroll down for more info

 

Contemporary Extravaganza

is a display of contemporary art made by Canadian artists who work in diverse and unexpected contexts and whose artworks reveal highly personal and authentic forms of expression. Our aim is to introduce these artworks to a wide audience and to expand our understanding of what can be accepted as contemporary art.

When:

  • Saturday, December 7, 2019 12 pm – 9 pm,

Where:

  • Center for Social Innovation – 720 Bathurst Street

 

 

 

The Unicorn Awards 2019

Introducing The Winter Unicorn Awards a follow up of The Unicorn Awards during #TAAP5.

Voting will start on November 16t through CUTO Marketplace, Facebook group and IG Pages. Voting will continue throughout the event through ballots as well as on the @CreativeUTO IG page for most hearts and or comments (let's call it volume).

  • Voting for Unicorn Awards starts November 16th
  • Voting on the floor starts as soon as doors open
  • Event goers and Judges walk around with ballots
  • Votes are counted and revealed at 6 p.m.
  • The awards will be presented to artists starting at 6:00 p.m.

 

Golden Unicorns

  • Artists who get the most votes get golden unicorns
  • Runner ups get silver unicorns

 

3 step registration process

 

Step 1

 

Step 2

  • Secure your table with through PayPal
  • PayPal takes debit cards
  • Limited space available based on 1st pay 1st serve
  • Early bird tables are due August 1st

 

$145 for a 2 by 3 feet table - without wall space 

 

$160 for a 2 by 3 with 9 feet tall wall space (12 to 20 spaces available )

  • Limited wall spaces available
  • Wall space is about 3 feet (length of your table)
  • 9 feet high (the space behind your table
  • Must bring in painter's tape to or wires to hang up your art

 

Note - Early bird deposits are due on August 1st

 

Step 3

 Feel free to send messages through chat (on your right) It's tied to our Facebook fanpage

Shop – Intuitive Fluid Abstract Painting Journal of Tokoroii (Zoe Bu)

“I know nothing but I feel everything.”

tokoroii (Zoe Bu) is a new comer to Canada, and a recent come-out queer person who identifies as gender-fluid and pan-romantic demisexual. Xe was born and raised in southwest China, and already fell in love with the ambience of art + design that Toronto has to offer. During the stay as a previous graphic design student xe has been navigating life difficulties caused by cultural shock and long-term mental health challenges alone for the past few years. Not every artist has to be suffering like a cliché in order to make art, however, tokoroii’s art pieces are the most affirmative fruits of positivity that xe can possibly make out of those crippling “negativities”.

Therefore making art firstly started to become xyr therapeutic relief and then has been taking its significant role as a poetically yet realistically outlet for channeling suppressed emotions. Then through the interactions and conversations with the audience (friends & colleagues), tokoroii gets re-inspired by all the feedback because “people see things that I don’t originally see while creating, and everyone’s unique interpretation makes them (the paintings) more vitalized.” “I feel the calling,” said xe, “and my life has been deeply converted by it (art).” After a while of way finding since late 2018, tokoroii has recently achieved a few things with xyr current painting series The Right Kind of Mess, such as getting into [email protected] 2019, having the opportunity as an indie studio artist at Sketch Working Arts, and also being accepted by OCAD U for Drawing & Painting. These outcomes within 6 months have offered tokoroii a chance to find out that art means being spontaneous/intuitive and prudent/thoughtful at the same time to xemself; authenticity and timeliness tend to be heavily cooperated in xyr work.

With the affluent intentions and ambitions, tokoroii hope that xe can have a career as a lifetime artist from where xe has started here in Toronto. As this very moment, comparing to years back when xe refused to open up to the world and saw things with hostility, tokoroii would describe himself as a totally better version of xyr old personality which is led by the transformation of doing art and the wholeness of being xyr true self. Xe is enormously grateful for every piece of social service and mental care xe has ever accessed because nothing would happen for xe without the right support.

In the future, xe wishes to hopefully destigmatize mental illness, spread pride and discuss the connection between spirituality and universe, through xyr art practice in multidisciplinary forms, and attempts to ignite something extraordinary out of this gift of translating and rephrasing human feelings as abstract visualizations in somewhat artistic ways.

 

What do you do?

Acrylic and mixed media on Canvas, not limited, also trying new things

 

Use 5 keywords to describe your art/medium

Intuitive "fluid+abstract" painting journal

 

Why did you get started?

Firstly as my therapy for mental illnesses and along the way I feel the calling.

 

Tell us the 1st time you knew what you are doing is the way?

People told me "you should do this for a living."

 

What are you working on right now?

The Right Kind of Mess is my very first series of “fluid+abstract” paintings which evidences the real stories, hurts/solaces, and realizations though my life as a self-exploration journal, from the timeframe since late 2017 till early 2019, and there are 9 pieces in total, themed with complex emotions evoked by what actually happened at specific times in life, and then painted afterwards. What I intended to communicate from this series is that how subtle and strong the abstract feelings of human beings can be interpreted in the languages of abstract art. A lot times art doesn’t need too many words to be understood, but for meeting for the first time, I want you to know that I exist and who I am. Representational artwork is beyond great yet the art form of abstract and fluid speak the clearest to me personally; so I have tried to combine these two ideas together and hopefully these paintings can bring you a fresh visual presence while implying any possible resonance.

 

Describe your creative process?

I pour my emotions/feeling onto the canvas with a plan.

 

Who is your art for? Why is it important?

For myself as a start, and then for my queer community, hopefully for anyone one day. I would see my art a book of diary and also a piece of mirror that takes notes of real things happened in my life and they are evidences that I exist and live, and the audience could see things that are probably underplayed or overlooked form day to day life are shown again.

 

What is the hardest part about being an artist?

The fear of NOT being discovered and recognized, the hardship between surviving and getting art supplies of course.

 

If you could tell your younger self anything what would it be and why? 

Don't be afraid, reclaim your own voice, and make it heard.

 

If you had to pitch a collaborative project to the community, what would it be?

A collaborative project that intends to destigmatize mental health or spread pride.

 

What is one thing you'd like to fix in the art community?

That some artists have to choose surviving over thriving.

 

Why is art and creativity important for the community at large

Art and creativity are the essence of human imagination and they need to be encouraged, nurtured and kept.

 

 

Have you had to deal with isolation, mental healths and or homelessness? What did you learn from your experience?

Yes I have lived with isolation and mental illness over 7 years in total and my life before was heavily impacted by it. It altered my way of seeing this world and made the worst version of myself, but after years of getting help and practice, I come to know about how emotions work in my head, how to deal with stress/circumstances with mindfulness, and how to gain back the control and be the master of my own life.

 

What are your views on isolation, homelessness, mental health in the arts community? 

That some artists have to choose surviving over thriving.

 

What are some steps artists can take to cope with isolation, homelessness, mental health? *

Social services, group therapy, counselling.

 

Shop - Intuitive Fluid Abstract Painting Journal of Tokoroii (Zoe Bu)

What is your Instagram (or portfolio/shop) Url? *

 

#CUTO Community Memberships

Inherithearth – The Interdimensional & Life Paintings of Cynthia Van Leeuwen

Who are you? 

I am an oil painter born and living in Toronto, although I lived in the USA for over a decade. Reno, Minneapolis, on a mountain in New Mexico between Sante Fe and Sante Fe and Manhattan for most of that time

 

What do you do?

Oil painter, Portrait Artist, Paint A Canvas, Paint Your Pet (these last two are teaching, instructional gigs.)

 

Why did you get started?

In my soul, chomping at the bit before I could walk or talk

 

Tell us the 1st time you knew what you are doing is the way?

I had a mantra when I was only a child that ran through my mind to encourage me in my despair of the state of the world, the oppression I felt and saw around me, "This time, this time, this time, this time. It accompanied me as I walked to school, as I was hurt, frustrated, enraged, grief-stricken, terrified.

 

What are you working on right now?

I have a show at the hospital in Burlington where my mother recently died. I have a show coming up at Starving Artist Runnymede and St Clair. I took part in the Articulations Sketchbook Challenge, the show is up there right now.

 

Describe your creative process?

I starve to paint more than I hunger for food. I want to paint stories in brush strokes.

 

Who is your art for?

My art is for people who have feelings, for the underdog, for the consciously aware, for children because they are usually strongly all of these things. I go for the tears when I do a portrait. If I can make someone cry my day is made.

 

What is the hardest part about being an artist?

Painting as well as I wish to. It is a rough lifestyle in some ways. Painters drop off the edge of the arts for the most part.

 

If you could tell your younger self anything what would it be and why? 

You got it, no doubt!

 

If you had to pitch a collaborative project to the community, what would it be?

Oh Lord I have a brilliant idea I have been trying to get greenlighted so long. It is a long story is there room for that here?

 

What is one thing you'd like to fix in the art community?

I would love to see people painting being as ubiquitous as music/dance clubs

Why is art and creativity important for the community at large

This has been urgent to me for ages. I saw how creative types were more or less shoved into graphic design/advertising because 'there is no money in art'. Advertising can be brilliant but when it steals the cream of the crop new radar ideas and then slap their logo on it is reductive. I have longed to see billboards used for actual 'advertising' and now I see that happening. I love it. Bigger huge art for the community to 'learn' from. Expansion and evolution all around!

 

Have you had to deal with isolation, mental health and or homelessness? What did you learn from your experience?

I feel pretty much we all suffer from 'mental health' because our world is sick as chit. We are more than mental, we have four parts, Spirit, Body, Heart and Will. If any of these is out of whack we are out of whack and we for sure are out of whack. I have been blessed with a strong inner world which has held and guided me through this mess. I have been homeless and that is terrifying. I was okay but it is a super rough gig. I would not wish it on anyone. This Universe is wondrous beyond compare and even when I literally had nowhere to stay, wandering the streets, I was okay

 

What are your views on isolation, homelessness, mental health in the arts community?

Oh let's have so much more of it. Creating is healing, the process, the story and the outcome.

What are some steps artists can take to cope with isolation, homelessness, mental health? 

I feel we need to be encouraged to know how glorious we are and that we can ask for help from even our Higher Selves to guide us. I feel the more we believe in our exact subjective experience, the more we learn to accept ourselves exactly as we are in any given moment the more we may relax and feel loved and cared for. The minority of one is as important as the One.

 

What is your Instagram (or portfolio/shop) Url?
 

What is your Facebook (or portfolio/shop) Url?
 

Shop – Black Love: The Passionate Art of Ray

 

Who are you?
Ewart Raymond (Art Ray) or just simply Ray. 
 
 
What do you do?
I produce and sell original artworks. I also sell canvas prints, paper prints, and framed paper prints of various sizes, etc.
 
 
Why did you get started?
I was always creating art. When I was young I wanted to replicate what I saw and to make it perfect. When I became an adult, the art I made was to speak to me from the walls as a form of motivation. I now create the same type of art using different elements that continue to speak to me as well as others. 
 
 

Describe your creative process?
Most of my creations are based around couples, intimacy, families, and love. I mainly work from references. I then add my own twist to make them into what I see in my head. I use mostly acrylics, some oils, and some pastels to bring my creations to life. 

 

Who is your art for? Why is it important?
My art is mainly for adults, but I also create pieces that are family oriented which are for all people. I use my art to speak to the mundane aspects, as well as the metal aspects because both aspects are important to us as human beings.

 

If you could tell your younger self anything what would it be and why?
I would tell my younger self to create more and to try and reach as many people as possible. I would also tell my younger self to be interactive with proactive and productive people, predominantly.

 

 

What are you working on right now?
I am currently working on finishing up a few pieces on families. I am also working on some pieces of couples that show intimacy, love vibrations, and connectivity.

 

What are your views on homelessness and mental illness in the arts community?
A home is what houses you and your body, and all your creations. Homelessness is a big issue and it shouldn't be based on all the wealth in the world but nevertheless, it is a huge problem. Mental health is very important since the mind drives the body, and if your mental state is affected, then you cannot advance as you would expect. I think art plays a very important role in soothing the minds of most individuals. It can bring about a calmness from everyday chaos.

 

What is your Instagram (or portfolio/shop) Url? *

my website is

raycreate.com

and my Instagram is

@raycreatesart