We had the good fortune of connecting with Suzy Soto and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Suzy, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Every since I was young, creating was something I really enjoyed. The earliest memory I have was in Kindergarten. When everyone was drawing flowers, I was perfecting my rose blooms. I never liked to color outside the lines. I was a perfectionist and wanted to have the best drawings in class. As a kid I remember how much I loved to create crafts, paint, sew, bake, and cook. In middle and high school I created a series of ink drawings about a teen who was madly in love with a guy who didn’t quite appreciate her. This was done around the time my parents were going through a separation. It caused me great pain and art was there to help me release my emotions in a healthy way. My original plan was to graduate from high school and attend The Art Institute of Houston, however life got complicated and I got busy working two jobs to support living on my own. My dream to pursuit becoming an artist or a career where I could use my true talents soon disappeared. I settle down in Houston, Heights found a job managing yoga studios and started a family. It wasn’t until Covid-19 when I was laid off like so many others I finally returned once again back to art. Creating art was such a blessing a time of confusion and pain. As I started painting and sketching I shared in my stories and posts and got amazing feedback. A few months later I was getting request for commissions and interest. That is when I knew I had something to offer and played with the idea of creating a business.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a abstract artist my favorite mediums to paint with currently are Alcohol Ink and Watercolors. I recently had a show at Hardy and Nance Studios where I had a collection of Blk & White ink and pop of color displayed telling a story about coming out of Covid and healing. My Watercolor pieces are usually more fun with lots of patterns, colors, lines, and shapes all meant to keep your mind focused and help all other thoughts about life fade away. I also play with resin and have a line of geode coasters in a variety of seasonal colors mixed with brass and golds on website. They’re beautiful mini pieces of artwork to decorate your homes and give away as gifts.
Omg, I could just cry when I look back to the beginning of where I started and where I’m currently at. So many long nights of painting not quite sure where this was going, but doing it anyway because it made me feel like this is where I belonged. In my living room so connected to these pieces giving my all and when I was completed receiving it right back. The journey to be an artist is not easy finding people who love your work just as much as you do, who prefer art they can connect to a face versus art you can buy in a large store not really knowing it’s origins. Telling yourself everyday your work is worthy of a dollar amount you see and hoping others see it too.
Some of the lessons I’ve learned along the way are believing in yourself, knowing your worth, staying dedicated, create, create, create, and connecting with others who share your passion and are also aligned with what you are doing. Support will help you make your way despite all that is against you.
I come from a yoga background and therefore all my pieces are a reflection of how I view and heal my own personal struggles and issues in this world from a yogis perspective.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We’d grab a light bite at Kraftsmen Baking then head to Houston’s Arboretum & Nature Center followed by Fish Tacos and Margaritas at Berryhill in the Heights and finish off the night with a local yoga class at one of our amazing studios here in Houston such as Black Swan Yoga, Lost Lotus Yoga, or New Place Xo Studio. The next day we’d get pampered at Fiori Spa. Then enjoy drinks and a meal by the pool.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d love to give a shout out to a dear close friend of mine Brittany Pires who believed in me when I didn’t quite believe in myself at the time. She encourage and pushed me to start a business selling my art. She was my very first buyer and got me my first gig selling my work at a local art market. She is a business owner herself and has a line of simple and natural bodycare products called Au Naturals. You can follow her shop on Instagram @au.naturals and purchase in stores at any of the Black Swan Yoga Houston locations.
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