We had the good fortune of connecting with Nancy D. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nancy, how do you think about risk?
These days I see risk as an opportunity, a chance to grow and take on a chance. Sure we won’t always know the outcome, but I choose to go into risk’s with a positive attitude. Knowing that I have nothing to loose rather gain experience. Learn and grow in my artistry and as a person.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art is about self-expression. About letting go and a lot of times appreciating the things we go through as people in our day to day life. After all the different chapters in our life, make us who we are so with each painting, or piece of art I create, I am telling a story.
Once I realized how therapeutic and energizing creating was for me, I decided I wanted to share this experience with others. This is when I started to do paint classes. I have instructed many people and helped others channel into their creative side. I think that’s what life is about when I connect my art to it. It’s about connecting with others, helping one other and most of all uplifting each other. To this day, it still feels as if I am learning and growing new way to reach other through the positivity of creating.
It’s not always easy showing up for yourself but I think with mental discipline and practice you can find the right structure that works for you! I practice a lot of yoga, journaling and meditating to keep my mind focused and on the right track, I also find that nature is my favorite form of medicine. Whether I am overwhelmed, or need a break from my busy lifestyle. Nature is always the best. I am also very inspired by nature’s beauty so it always feels like a great recharge!
I’ve learned a lot along the way, after all I am a self-taught Artist, a lot of the things I’ve learned have been done through trial and faith. Thankfully each time I do something, I like to keep an open mind about improving or just learning new things that can benefit my growth. I think it’s important to listen to your intuition, and give constructive criticism from the right places a chance. Not take things to personal, because at the end of the day, you can either apply it or not. The most important thing about growth I think is keeping an open mind and that for me has been one of my greatest lessons not just in my artistry but this is something that can be applied to your personal self-growth.
Through my Art, I am bringing awareness of how life can be a trip, yes. But it can be a beautiful one. When we take time to appreciate the negative and positive. After all I believe this world is made of good and bad, light and dark. Therefore we will always be handed different scenarios in life. But what matters most is the way we view them and allow them to help us grow. That way we can continue sharing our experiences with others. Planting seeds you could say. That’s what I’m doing, sharing truth, experiences and being vulnerable through my paintings, at my paint classes, and with my day to day encounters. You never know just who you might reach, impact. So I think it’s important to just be you and live a genuine life.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite spots in Houston would have to be the parks, museums and small owned business’. I especially enjoy the parks we have because I just feel they’re so beautiful and they give you a chance to still be in the city but also relax a little with nature. It is also one of my favorite spots to create. You can never go wrong with the Museums we have, they will surely trigger some inspiration and man oh man that butterfly center we have in Houston will have you in aw. I just love it there!
I also enjoy visiting and getting to know small business’ in the area, I think it’s important to support them and encourage them. Especially when you can feel the passion and love they feel for their business, its very sweet and it always feels good to be able to meet the people behind the work.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
If there is anyone I would have to give a shoutout to it would be the strong women I was raised by in my life, My grandmother, Dalila she would be first, She has taught me intuition, how to wise and have appreciation for all of life, even if it may be the smallest blessings we receive in life. She has embedded gratitude within me. The next women in my life would be my aunt Denise, who is more of a big sister to me. She has taught to trust my heart, to live a life with passion and to take on the opportunities that speak most to me.
Then finally there is my mother, Claudia. She has taught me to brave, to stand tall for the things I believe in most. To speak up for those who do not have a voice. And most of all to have faith in myself and all I do.