Join me in this new adventure of life as a freelance artist;
sharing my platform and pledging to use my platform to make direct positive change in people’s lives.
I am so excited to announce that with my new online store, I am participating in the Artist Support Pledge.
In an effort to use my platform for the continued amplification of trans, black, indigenous and people of color, I am focusing on these artists for my pledge. I encourage you to read more from Matthew Burrow, who began this endeavor at the start of lockdown. For every $1,000 in sales I reach, I commit to purchasing an original artwork from BIPOC artists. I wanted to take the spirit of this further, and pledge to give back to artists who may not have had the same opportunities as me, but should have. For every artwork sold, original or print, I will donate 20% of my sales to local black lives matter causes, such as bail funds and fundraisers. This is a new journey for me, one that I plan to be transparent with and to use as an opportunity to better educate myself on the inherent privilege I have in our current society.
In addition to making a pledge to purchase an artists’ work, I will also be sharing various artists that inspire me regularly over on my link tree. I have many resources available there for you to educate yourself on racial injustice, police abolition and many more issues we are facing in our lifetime.
Part of the commitment to the Artist Support Pledge is sharing my platform with other artists, and that is called my In View. As I continue to share my pieces that are part of my Artist Support Pledge, I will be sharing the new BIPOC artists I’ve been learning from as well.
For my first In View, I wanted to showcase three artists I’ve discovered since the uprising has begun in the United States. These artists range from more than just physical art, and have opened my mind in the few months I’ve been following them more than anyone else I’ve followed on social media.
First I want to introduce Celeste Graham, who hosts a phenomenal podcast called The Slayyyleste Show. She has recently announced that her podcast will focus on discussing colorism within the black community. I have learned so much from her previous episodes, and I am so thrilled to continue to learn more from Celeste. You can follow her on instagram, youtube and listen to her podcast here.
Thea Monyee is vibrating at the highest frequency and I am so lucky to have found her on social media. Thea approaches self help in a way that is self-aware and in protection of our creative selves, focusing on this struggle in black individuals. I’ve appreciated her perspective on my feed, and you can follow her on instagram, listen to her podcast and see her other projects via link.tree!
Concluding my first In View I want to tell you about Q, a Black, Queer Tarot Practitioner. I found her account and instantly felt connected, and I am looking forward to being able to reach out for my own Tarot reading from her. You can follow her on instagram and subscribe to her youtube.
I cannot stress enough how much these three Black women have positively influenced my social media experience. I am making a commitment to listen to more Black voices and these three have been instrumental in helping me continue to open my mind and learn. Please give them a follow and listen to Celeste’s and Thea’s podcasts, and consider reaching out to Q for a reading. I promise you, it’ll be worth your time.
You can view my new collection of original watercolors and prints here, and support me directly on ko-fi. In addition to the Artist Support Pledge, I am donating 20% of all my income to various Black Lives Matter organizations.
until next time,