We had the good fortune of connecting with Kaelyn Provost and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kaelyn, how do you think about risk?
Risk taking is essential for success. This exhibits true devotion to what you feel passionate for. I know failure can be terrifying, but honestly, success doesn’t happen without failure. We learn from failing to navigate through what is and isn’t meant for us, so that we get closer to our goal. As an artist who has a genuine love for art, I had no choice but to jump right in with investing in my craft financially and academically. Doing so was scary since being a full time artist was frowned upon growing up, and art was only seen as a class people needed credit for. Now, I have so much support from people all over! The fact people share and buy my art still blows my mind because that means I’ve made a positive influence in some way. I get to expand my craft in ways that I’ve imagined doing as a kid. If you needed a sign to jump into that thing you’re passionate about, this is it.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
Since I see the world and experience life from a heightened emotional standpoint, it brings about this emphasis in situations I’ve encountered. I feel so deeply and (literally) dream so vividly that it influences my awakened state. I’m mostly excited about my art reaching and influencing people worldwide, showcasing my art on a larger scale. Definitely putting myself out there on social media and submitting art to various magazines and galleries allowed me to progress professionally. Although it wasn’t easy, I’ve come to improve my communication skills and build my confidence by asking questions to show I’m truly interested as well as making sure I provide the proper information. This solidifies the professional connection and allows the process to run smoother. Along the way, I’ve learned that confidence is key when sharing your work, trusting that your art or brand will be in the right spaces. I want the world to know that this is, and always will be, a journey. Even though I have goals I’m achieving, there’s no singular destination because my artistry will continue to evolve.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Of course as an artist, I’d want my best friend to visit the museum district and enjoy the artwork shown at the MFAH, along with the exhibits at the Natural Science Museum (I’m really into science). There’s even food trucks in that area that we can eat at. A shopping spree is also on the itinerary because, who doesn’t like shopping? We can always go to the Galleria but I personally like to thrift because there’s a lot of unique clothing you can find. Discovery park is also the spot especially for roller skating. Having a picnic in an open, grassy area with a view of the city would be really nice to do too. There’s a lot more for me to discover even as a Houston native, so we can experience new places and events together. I believe the most interesting things to check out are definitely pop-up art shows with a band. Everyone’s truly appreciating the arts and just having fun, making connections.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My incredible art teacher from high school, Samara Gilliam! She was truly one of the firsts to see success in me and encouraged me SO much to perfect my skill. She made sure to keep me in her class and draw everyday, help me brainstorm and cultivate various ideas, and showed me where I needed improvement and how to get there. Full on support all around and if it wasn’t for being in her class, I probably wouldn’t have pursued art again. Alongside her came support from my former classmates as we kept the creativity alive. Much love to Oralia Cantu ( IG: @sour_daisies), Judith (IG: @judithtapes), and everyone else in that group!