Today we’d like to introduce you to Shalome Patrick.
Shalome, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
My mother painted landscapes when I was young, I would watch her and think how wonderful to create a visual for people to admire. My father was a chef and when we were young, we moved a few times then settled in his home state of Alaska. I lived in very remote places and would go into the mountains with my sketchbook, wander and find a place to let my hand start to move. At first, I would draw what I was looking at because I thought that was what art was supposed to be. I was 16 when I started to think about lines, how they can become different and make visuals that people wouldn’t normally see. My first abstracts were quite raw and unformed really… I remember my father telling me to keep going, that I was an artist but that I would also need a skill to pay the bills. Lol.
That skill was graphic design and I have used it to support myself while learning my style and cultivating it, learn what it is that I have to give the viewers of my art. When I was 26, I sold my freelance graphic design business and moved to Firenze, Italy for a year or so. I then went back to Alaska, painted for six months, went to Arizona to do a show, sold that work and moved to New Zealand for a year and a half. I then lived in New York City, Chicago and many places for a period of 10 years while painting and sketching every day. Learning from the experiences I had and the people I met.
Arizona is home now, I came here for college and have made many wonderful friends. I started my own business ShalomeArt in the last year and each day take a new step towards making my living solely from my art.
I can think whatever I want when I paint or sketch and not say it. There is a freedom that painting brings out in me, it is the most honest I know how to be with myself and others. I am an artist who loves to express herself on canvas with perplexing images and a story.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am a self-taught abstract artist. I paint and have a black and white sketch line as well.
Music has always created visuals in my mind, it is at the heart of my work, the beat, the words, the notes. It picks the colors and the textures that start the pieces and keeps the paint flowing to the end.
My work signifies love, lust, passion, loneliness, fear, movement, texture. All descriptive and all fit what represents me.
The paint I put out, the brush I pick up. . . It’s a process that defines me and makes me have the inner calm I seek. I have a gift for affecting people visually and in my life, I have sought to become better at that. I know I will always strive towards growth and understanding.
I invite the viewer to take a look and try to figure out what the imagery in the painting represents. The more you look at my work, the more you will see.
The stereotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
I have had to take the time to learn what I do, you can not master anything unless you work at it daily. It never stops, that learning. I am just now making a business out of it because it is just now good enough.
That’s me, each artist is different, all I know is that marketing, putting it out to be seen and being fearless are keys.
Believing in yourself, I have always known I was meant to affect people visually, I see things people don’t see but when they do… man it’s all worth it. When my art catches someone, when they stare at it and I know they are going to have it the rest of their life… it makes all the struggle worth it.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I post to Instagram daily, it is a challenge for me to put my art out there but, it is the only way people can see it right?
I was just signed as a featured artist at New York Art Gallery and had a debut show here in Phoenix at Salon D’Shayn.
I also have a website that is coming along… us artists are not the best at promoting ourselves so it has taken a bit of time but, it is live and I will soon have all my paintings and sketches there.
I will be doing some live painting shows later in the year as well.
- Website: www.shalomeart.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: shalomeart
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shalomeart/?modal=admin_todo_tour