Happy Spring, dA! It's hard to believe that my birthday is less than a month away at this point. Another year down. Wow. I don't talk much about my personal life on deviantART, but one of the large reasons that I'm less active here is because I work with an arts nonprofit in my home city where I'm largely responsible for development and some programming tasks, but I've also become very active in my local arts community as an artist and policy wonk. Outside of work, I'm helping plan an arts exhibition on climate change action and supporting two community organizations near to my heart in their events. It's also been a great time for my work as an artist. While art is one of my greatest passions, I've put so much more energy into developing myself as a researcher these past few years with school and consultant work, but working at an arts organization this past year has been very fruitful. I've finally taken the step forward toward putting myself out there professionally, having created an online portfolio, entering into local/regional exhibitions, and making myself available for commissions/collaborative work. Being a self-taught artist, I've always had a sense of imposter syndrome in the arts world since I'm not classically or professionally trained. I still have a long way to go before I get to where I want to be with my skill as an artist, but this has been a year of tremendous growth for me.
And now a personal plug - check out my website, Ink & Grease. It's a static portfolio for now, but I plan to curate more blog content there in the future.
Also, here's a link to Exposure: Black Voices in the Arts, an exhibition that I participated in before I graduated from grad school. This is the archived page of all of the works featured in the exhibition.