We had the good fortune of connecting with Carla Jay Harris and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carla, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My business was born out of necessity. I have always had a passion for art. However, I am not in a position to invest endlessly in art supplies, classes, or materials without ever seeing a return. Starting a business to generate income to invest in my work was a logical and necessary step.
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.
My art career had a rather unusual start. I got into photography after college. I moved back home and was a little bit adrift for a while. My mother suggested taking an art class to try and motivate me. We ended up taking a darkroom class together at the local community college. That class was the beginning of a lifelong interest in the medium. I pursued it casually at first, then I developed a commercial art practice and eventually pursued it artistically. I started slowly; however, since I decided to really commit myself to build an art practice, things have progressed steadily. I’d most like to be known for consistency. It’s not easy to balance family, friends, work, and art commitments. I’m proud of the fact that I have not given up.
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?
I love the diversity of Los Angeles. There are so many interesting cultural pockets of the city – Little Ethiopia, Little Armenia, Koreatown, etc. If I had to plan a trip for a friend, I would center it on exploring all these cultural centers with an emphasis on food and art.
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?
My family. They have been endlessly supportive of my art career and all the risks/rewards that it entails.
Artwork courtesy of the artist and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles