Today we’d like to introduce you to Zybrena Porter.
Zybrena, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I began drawing at the age of 4 in Dallas, Texas. I literally drew anything and everything I saw around the house. Sometimes, if something was broken or out of place, it would go unnoticed by my parents…that is, until I drew it.
My parents were always very supportive when it came to my passion for art, and upon moving to Atlanta, they began devoting every possible resource to my dream of becoming a professional artist. I acquired a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Georgia, and later furthered my education at the Milan Art Institute.
In between degrees, however, I also discovered that I had a passion for international missions. Any opportunity that arose for me to meet with and assist others was like a magnet for me. My missions took me to Mexico, the Philippines, Uganda, Turkey and eventually, the altar. You guessed it, I met my husband on one of these missions.
As I took the time to really get to know my international neighbors, I soon realized something we all had in common: we all have dreams and a purpose, none of which are insignificant. I didn’t know it, but the message that was to be communicated through my art was beginning to unfold. My desire isn’t just to create art. It is to evoke an emotional response that gets people excited about their life’s journey.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I’ve found purpose in inspiring others to rediscover what I call the “WOW!” in their lives. I do this by utilizing superhero imagery, as well as the idea that discovering your purpose requires an interruption of your normal routine.
Why superheroes? Every superhero has an origin story in which they have overcome a personal injustice or tragedy. They then find their healing in advocating for others who cannot protect themselves.
Heroes come in all shapes, sizes, and walks of life. Consequently, all of my paintings are mixed media oil paintings. If it can leave a mark on the canvas, I use it, knowing every piece is an important part of the bigger picture.
The purpose of my art is to empower others to discover their purpose and follow their dreams because now is the time to live the epic lives for which we each were born.
In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
I think one of the biggest challenges facing artists today is there aren’t enough artists pursuing their dream, distributing their message and making the world more beautiful. If you are an artist, don’t hold back. You have something to offer that no one else does. Remember, each of us is an important part of a bigger picture.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My original work is currently available on my website, zybrena.com. However, the vast majority of my sales and opportunities to collaborate come by word of mouth.
- Website: Zybrena.com
- Email: Zybrena@gmail.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zybrena/
- Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/zybrena.crawford