I'm Startin' A Blog!

My First Blog Post!
First off I want to say I can’t believe that I’m actually sitting down to write my first post! I’ve been wanting to start a blog for the last year and I’m finally doing it! My intention is to use this blog and platform to talk about my upcoming events as an artist, introduce you to other artists and influential people in the community, share my new art pieces with you as well as letting you know about current events in the native community. Within my blog you will get more insight into my life as a professional artist, a more behind the scenes look into artist life and any helpful information and answers to beginning artists that are asking or wondering about their next move. I often get a lot of questions about artist life, how to run a successful social media account, advice on next moves for first time artists, etc., so I think throwing Q & A’s in the mix would also be a fun series! What do you think?

What is your creative process?
Brainstorming is a huge part of my creative process! It always  feels like I have 4-5 ideas that bounce around in my brain for days until I write it down, or sketch it out. I generally sketch out a couple of drafts first as apart of the process. After I solidify an idea from a sketch, I vectorize it in Adobe Illustrator to refine the lines and then get it ready for printing. At this point, I’ll  either burn a screen and screen print it myself, or have a printing company do it for me depending on the piece. 

Are you going to be selling your art at any upcoming events?
Yes, I actually have an event coming up really soon! I’ll be one of the Vendors at Enchant Christmas from November 22nd - December 29th. If you haven’t heard about it, it’s a Christmas Event that happens in multiple different cities around the country. This years Seattle event will be located at the T-Mobile Stadium, so stop be sure to stop by my table and say hi!  Stay tuned for a future blog post on my experience with Enchanted Christmas and an inside look from a vendor's perspective on what it was like and any recommendations that I have for you on becoming a vendor yourself! So until then, get your tickets and let’s support local artists!

Who is your favorite artist?
It’s impossible to pick just one! So many people inspire me, but if I had to name a few they would be: Robert Davidson, Shepard Fairey, Preston Singletary, Andy Warhol, Bill Reid, Banksy, Tribe Called Red and Jim Schoppert. If you haven’t heard of any of them I strongly urge you to check them out as well! 

How long have you been creating  art?
I did a bit of drawing here and there when I was younger, but nothing really serious because I wasn’t that good back then. I’d say I've always been a creative person, but never specifically drawing because I needed to refine my skillsI didn’t really take art seriously until I went to  college for graphic design. I was initially a creative writing major, but quickly got burned out on reading books and writing, so I eventually switched to graphic design. Which is hands down one of the best decisions I've ever made.

What tribe are you from?
I'm from the Tlingit Tribe which is spread across Southeast Alaska and Canada . You can learn more about the Tlingit people here.

Thank you for reading and stay tuned for more blog posts! If you’re curious about anything or have an idea for me to blog about, shoot me an email!

Gunalchéesh! (Thank You!)