WHY I DESIGN ? | #YiD - @artxnachauntae


My name is Nachauntae Fearon (@artxnachauntae) is .

I’m an accountant by day and a visual artist by night. I started my painting journey in December 2015 and I haven’t been able to look back. Painting has filled that void in my life that I didn’t even realize was there.

I was always very artistic as a child- always doodling, creating or just going in on school projects.

I had originally planned to go to an arts high school to try to take my art to the next level, however I broke my hand before I could even apply and then my life just went in a different direction and I kind of just drifted away from art.

Then randomly in my last few years of university, I found my way back to drawing. I don’t even remember how it came about, but anytime I look back I’m just glad it did.

The moment it all clicked for me was in December 2015 when I saw this photo about black Disney princesses that I felt I had to recreate for my two nieces. And once I painted that first piece, there was no turning back for me.

For me, I draw my inspiration from everyday experiences in my life, people around me and memories.

There’s nothing I can think of that I really dislike about the art world other. I feel like are so many opportunities for emerging artists to showcase their work and make a name for themselves and great networks of artists to help and support each other.

If I was to give another artist a piece of advice it would be:

1. Never create for anybody else but yourself- you’re the boss. I feel like in the art world there is always a lot of hype and pressure to create a certain type of art, but it is important to remain true to yourself and not to sell out just to make a sale.

 

2. Never limit yourself. Meaning, there are no rules when it comes to art. Take risks and try new things. You might surprise yourself, I know I have.

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I don’t necessarily find this life lonely. I’ve always been an independent person who enjoys her alone time, so for me I like that solitude to explore ideas and get into my zone while I’m creating.

But the artistic life is definitely challenging. For me, the greatest challenge is making the time to create. I work full time as a Financial Analyst which can be quite demanding at times, so that combined with other familial and social obligations, sometimes it can be hard to find time to create.

I have to make it a priority in my life or it would definitely get pushed to the side. Additionally, aside from just creating, artists also have to juggle social media, marketing, sales, customer service and also idea creation. Most artists wear a lot of hats behind the scenes that people don’t necessarily see or appreciate.

(Moment1:) One of the most memorable responses I’ve had to my work was when I showcased my work for the first time.

I delayed being apart of any shows for a while because I was self conscious about my work, but eventually I convinced myself I was ready.

I was so nervous even throughout the whole show, but I received so many compliments and encouraging words about my work and I was able to share, the meanings behind my pieces which resonated with the guests.

It will definitely always be one of the most memorable moments for me because it’s the moment I overcame my fears and gained more confidence about my work.

Three artists I admire that you should feature next on your page are:

@artbyayala - I love her use of brights colours that just draw you into each piece

@jennifervolcy - She’s a dope artist and lawyer that makes this art life look easy

@_lauren32 - she’s a new artist who’s work gives me nostalgic vibes
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- Nachauntae Fearon
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