Do you have a favorite dialogue, lyric, quote or affirmation? Please share with us below.

Yousef Balat | Illustrator & Storyteller

My favorite quote or affirmation. That is an interesting question and is not simply answered. Finding inspiration from a quote or affirmation is dependent on my need at the time. But as for a words of wisdom that never lose their usefulness, for me as a creator, are three that interconnect and reinforce one another. Read more>>

Maria Tsuhako | Emerging Artist & Manager

“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” Greg Anderson In my early 20s, I went to 3 different creative colleges and I would only focus on my goals and my expectation. When I faced challenges and failures, I started worrying about money and time that I get so lost in my brain and would only waste my time worrying. Read more>>

Cyra the Artist | Figurative Realist Painter & Creator

“All that I do will be in service of my art.” This is a mantra that I’ve repeated to myself multiple times a week from the time I decided to take my art career seriously. I chose that specific phrase because I wanted to have a constant, positive, reminder of where I’m going and where I’m coming from. Read more>>

Taylor Jackson | Illustrator & Graphic Designer

Currently one of my favorite quotes that has been getting me through difficult times is “there is no easy way from the earth to the stars” (Seneca). To me, it has been helping me put my struggles with mental and physical disabilities into perspective and allowed me to be more compassionate towards myself. Read more>>

Louis Le | Photographer, Research Geophysicist & Lifelong Student

“Do or do not. There is no try.” from Jedi Master Yoda. I’m definitely a Star Wars fan. Aaaaaand I may or may not be binging it right now. But, if you’d prefer a quote from a previously living person, here it is! “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” Read more>>

Ruth McCleskey | Co-Founder

“You can’t lose what you never had.” ~ Rachel Mason. If you are not making a living off your art, you are not a failure. You are still an artist and have value. Choosing your own artistic path is a good thing and if it feeds your soul, that’s even better. Read more>>

Markus and Melissa Jean Cone | Art and Sound Collective

Three maxims are inscribed at the Temple of Delphi, “Know thyself”, “Nothing in excess”, “Surety brings ruin”. While each maxim is helpful, the first, “Know Thyself”, speaks most prominently in our work. Originally experiencing the first maxim from a point of our own limitations and desires. Read more>>

Denise Prince | Artist

I’ve been captivated by an Existentialist concept for months because it ties a bow on my aspirations and mirrors a quality in my most beloved work. Found in Simone de Beauvoir’s book The Ethics of Ambiguity, it is roughly, Freedom is effort over time, with lack. I understand it to mean that freedom is a commitment. Read more>>