Today we’d like to introduce you to Shalome Patrick.
Shalome, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
The story of me is filled with many journeys. The start was watching my mother paint as a child and then as a teenager starting to sketch. During college, I studied graphic design and started my painting journey. I am self-taught and my knowledge of art history is very limited. At the time, I knew that when I picked up that brush or got lost in my sketching, calm would come. I was given an opportunity to show my paintings in my mid 20’s. The night of that show opened many doors for me. I left with the knowledge that my work had captured the viewers and they too got lost in them. I knew I needed to learn more and to refine my technique and my style.
I moved to Italy within the year and kept moving for ten more while I studied people, colors, ways of life and painted every day. I sold work along the way to eat or pay for the next ticket somewhere. It was not a glamorous life but the lessons I learned and the growth of my art was exactly what I needed.
Today, I paint, sketch and do design. All under my own business name.
Has it been a smooth road?
Smooth road… what is that? Success is not paved with smooth roads. My struggles are what most are I would think. I would get so incredibly lonely when I was traveling to all those places but it always seemed to make the art better. There were many days I didn’t eat in order to buy canvas or paint.
Working for others is probably the biggest for me. I have had this drive, this vision of myself and my art since the beginning of me. However, I did not have the skill or the means to make it a reality until much later in my life. I have had to design many, many projects that I would never admit to just for a paycheck and I have had the hardest time with that.
Fear is another big one. It can play many mind tricks and hold you back. I look it in the eye often and most of the time I win. 🙂
We’d love to hear more about your work.
I paint and sketch.
My paintings are color, texture, passion… my therapy if you will. I don’t think when I paint, I put music on and it just flows out.
The sketch line is different, I process my day while my hand moves. It’s black and white. I like the contrast and tension you can create with those two colors.
Both are morphing into different product lines which I hope to have available on my website by the end of the year.
When you look back, what are you most proud of?
Wow, a few things come to mind.
Painting with children and seeing them smile. Selling a painting for a large amount of money. Painting live for the first time and for charity was a great one as well. I am sure there are many more to come and I look forward to each of them.
- Website: shalomeart.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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