We had the good fortune of connecting with Milly Reed and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Milly, why did you pursue a creative career?
I think most of us are creatives in some form or another. Be it visual arts, writing, computer coding, engineering, dancing or musical expression. For me, I believe art and expression is my unique take on life. It has been important for me to value, be curious and have fun with that. I believe it is important to share and help others grow in their creative abilities. I chose to go all in with art because I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else. It’s been in alignment with my spiritual path. I think because creative inspiration comes from such a Intangible mental space. It’s hard not to separate that from a spiritual space.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art has developed into a classic, modern mix. I love 3 dimensional art. It takes up space. Our bodies physically react to it. It involves all of our senses to interpret it. I love the play of shadow and light that goes into sculpture. You can introduce a whole new sculpture from day time to night just with the difference of light and shadow. I am inspired deeply by classical figurative art. Masters such as Bernini to Michelangelo. They were brilliant and left behind timeless beauty. My focus has been growing my working studio. Offering private and semiprivate classes. Offering community classes for special needs adults. Along with building my body of work. I am currently working on a series of expressive hands cast sculptures. They are very fun and I’m excited to see how those sculptures develop. I guess my biggest challenge was in the beginning in starting to pursue my goals and dreams. It was such a unknown and I didn’t have a ton of first hand examples of how to do what I envisioned. Luckily I found awesome mentors who were supportive and encouraging. That made a huge difference for me in the beginning. The biggest thing I’ve learned along the way is believe in yourself. Have faith in yourself. Bet on yourself. If it’s a passion and a vision that you deeply wish for, can’t let go of, just go for it. Give yourself permission to succeed. Look at what success means to you. Define your own success.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love Balboa. Definitely hit the beach, PB. Paddle board off La Jolla shores to the Cove. Dinner and music at Cafe Europa in PB.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’ve had so many awesome instructors. The most influential being Artist Marusia Nita. Also some amazing classes at The Florence Academy of Art-US in Jersey City. Instructor Richard Greathouse. Grand Central Atelier with Jon DeMartin. Also amazing sculptor Jill Burkee. All of these artist have been a huge influence on me. I feel so lucky and grateful to have gotten to work with them.
Instagram: @milly.reed. @studioscultura
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