We had the good fortune of connecting with SEJ . and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi SEJ, can you tell us about an impactful book you’ve read and why you liked it or what impact it had on you?
The most recent book I have been reading is called Figuring by Maria I thoroughly enjoy and love starting my day by reading a little from the pages that have so much inspiration and strength to offer and a fascinating history of wo-mankind. The book presents experiences and fascinating snippets from history encompassing great lives such as that of Maria Mitchell, Ada Lovelace, Margaret Fuller, Caroline Herschel to name a few.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I don’t know what sets me apart from others, and I don’t see value in dwelling into that for I see pretty much all artists as a palette of colors, you can’t compare the colors but they definitely do stand out unique individually for what they encompass and I certainly do know that I am most content in which is giving my best. That’s the best one can do. I believe I really started with the inability to not being able to put the brushes down, or the sincere ability of being while painting rather than the act of doing. Practically I would say the strong intention to not giving up and trying to get my goals and most importantly flexibility to take criticism and learn constantly out of will has got me to where I am today – personally and professionally. It wasn’t easy since it wasn’t a pre determined or predicted field, where I knew if I would be good at it or successful to my standard, I only knew I wanted to be a painter because I was truly fascinated by history and the capacity of humans to depict history in the form of paintings, sculptures, writing as a foundation for us to dwell in today and tomorrow. I think it’s a very powerful notion. Also overcoming the challenges was by constantly reaffirming yourself that it is possible because the intentions are in the right place, the clarity needed of what and why I wanted something as my goals and the best next step towards achieving it, self realization followed. Questioning the why rather than the how has been helpful. A few lessons I have learnt along the way that come to my mind and I imbibe at present are : • There will always be some things that cannot be prevented like heartbreaks and failures, mistakes and misfortunes..Accepting them and moving on if not sublimating them creatively until you do find closure. •To give and to find a passage to service others through whatever you may do is going to get you closer to being more fulfilled and adding a true meaning to your craft. •Learning to do things with totality. Almost as Do it like you mean it or don’t bother. •Painting is more than a profession All I would like to share is that I was 16 someone with maybe 5$ in my pocket who always wanted to be good at painting and make a living out of it so I could truly express my feelings through this medium than impress through it and having set sail on this journey independently has been a story of its kind, definitely a positive one, I wasn’t especially gifted or privileged in anyway. I started from zero and you can count on me for the fact that miracles do exist and dreams do come true.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Among some close family and friends including well wishers who I credit my artistic success and creative wellbeing to, I also have a greater homage for some great painters, philosophers, musicians, writers and poets who have enlightened my path to understand this forte in depth to begin with and the willingness to forever learn. Bougeareau, Egon schiele, Notman Rockwell, Aurelius, Maya Angelou, Freud, Carl Jung, Eva Hesse, Edith Piaf, Einstein, Vivaldi, Catullus, Maria popova, that come to my mind in an instant. Many more on the list though. Many more – it’s a much valued collective.