We had the good fortune of connecting with Geisha and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Geisha, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I chose to go down this path of being a creative because of the responsibility to myself and others. For myself, being a creative causes a freeing feeling with it if utilized correctly. When creating you release whatever it is you may be holding on to. It causes you to work through those emotions whatever they may be. It helps you to understand yourself on a different intimate level. These past two years since COVID started I have taken being a creative more seriously and became a commission artist! Creating for others has been rewarding in its own way. My clients tell me what they want and their reactions light me up inside every time. The rush of excitement they get from seeing their creation come to life is one of the greatest joys I could ever witness.
While being a commission artist I am also an art teacher in a school district in Houston. Working with kids has taught me a lot more about the process of creation. To see them happy to come to class and be ready to see what cool project we are working on next keeps me going with creating. They love to put in the work. Sometimes I will bring art to class I am working on and the students get so interested to be around me and see me work on it. They love Art. They love to be inspired. The big ideas I have planned they can not wait to be apart of them in some way.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As an artist, I believe what sets me apart from others is how raw and intense in detail my works are. I do not shy away I also believe how I connect with clients/people separates me from other artists as well. I am a growing Houston artist and cannot wait to see where I end up. So far along my journey I decided to take my love for art back to the community I am from by becoming an art teacher. It has been a long road and laying down the groundwork has been a very technical process. Managing school work, the responsibilities of being a teacher, commission pieces and somehow making room for other goals in my life has taught me how to juggle it all and to never limit myself to one thing.
When it comes to overcoming challenges I have learned to not forget to give yourself time in everything you do. Rushing a process will never lead to a good outcome. The tortoise did win in the end after all! Patience is one of the greatest lessons anyone can learn and especially to have that with your own growth.
With my brand, Soul Vanna, it is my custom art brand/business. I am my art. I put so much work into each piece that it is unique in its own way. You will not get anything but originality for me and I take a lot of pride in that, To make another individual happy with their product and it be a one of a kind is something I aspire to do in everything I create. My work ethic shows how I am as a person; vibrant, intense and full of creativity.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Throughout this journey I have met several people that have helped me to stay motivated. One is my art teacher from elementary. She is also the reason I decided to become an art teacher myself. Secondly, would have to be my grandma. She is not here with me physically but is a great inspiration for me to continue at what I do. Lastly, a person who deserves recognition is a friend who is an artist himself. He has made an impact on opening my mind to different ideas to spur inspiration I have had while creating.
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