1. Tell us a little bit about yourself? What's your background?
I started doing art at a young age. Since the age of 4 i knew i wanted to be an artist. In high school i really found myself in my art through the help of my art teacher Mrs. Patterson from Benson High. But i didnt start painting until 2016. Before that i wouldn't touch a brush. It was only pencil, prisma colors and skrectch board. In 2016 i got discovered by world famous abstract artist Cecil Bernard, and he told me if i would start painting, i would start selling. So i tought myself to paint with the help of YouTube. Now I own my own business Stuey Dumb Art Shop, and travel the country doing shows.
2. What kind of art do you do?
I am the you dream it, I'll paint it artist. From portraits to abstract to everything else in between. Tell me your dream and I'll make it come true. All of my paintings are acrylic on canvas.
3. What/Who inspires you?
Life inspires me. I see art in life.
4. Who are your biggest influences?
Chris Clark and Ansel Buttler are my influences and close monitors.
5. How did you get started & for how long?
I've been full time since March of 2017 and have sold over 100 originals Paintings in 2017 as well. I have work all over the country. Also work of of the country, such places as Canada, Bermuda and Pairs.
6. Do you have any favorite pieces or piece?
My favorite pieces of work are my black and white paintings.
7. What kind of struggles have you faced as an artist & how did you overcome them?
My struggles is learning the art game full out. How to stay afloat. Everyone not waking up to by a painting from me so I have to stay relevant by doing shows staying in people faces with my art. You are only as good as your last painting so i have to stay fresh.
8. What kind of advice would you give to other artist?
Never stop and never take no for answer. Rejection is apart of life. Always put God first
9. What messages do you try to convey through your art?
African Pride and Community
10. What are your goals? Where do you see your art in the future?
My goals for 2019 is for me to do a show out of the country and have my own place in Colorado.
-Ricky Powell Jr.