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Daily Inspiration: Meet Anthea Winston

Today we’d like to introduce you to Anthea Winston.

Hi Anthea, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today.
Well, I’ve been an artist my entire life. I started drawing as soon as I could hold a crayon. My parents had pics I had drawn all over the place, they’ve always encouraged my art, and my siblings too. They all still do. When I was in middle and high school, I used to draw cartoons and charge like $2 per pic. Sometimes, my sister and I would design different things, like jackets, purses, and pants. We would either sell them or wear them ourselves. Lol, I guess I thought I was hustling a little bit.

Art, in several different forms, has always been sort of therapeutic for me. It calms me. It focuses me. So, initially, I had not considered art to be a business for me as well. When I started my job 11 years ago, I used to put pics I had drawn up all around my cubicle. My bosses were cool with it because they said it helped build morale in the office. They would bring corporate visitors by my desk when they came. One of the business managers told me that I had a great talent and to let him know if there was any way he could support me. He moved on before I started it doing it as a business. But what he said never left my mind.

Other people had told me to sell my art before, but I just always shrugged it off. One day my friend Linda contacted me and told me that I came to mind for this paint n sip. Linda has a nonprofit called Just Us Community Outreach and they were doing this event for the people in this shelter for mothers who needed a step up in life. I was so honored and excited that she asked me to participate. We had a ball! There were all these amazing women I got to meet. We had vegan brownies, they enjoyed themselves and it was so fulfilling! After that, my friend Julian told me he needed my talents for this body paint photography mission he was on. He was the awesome photographer and I was the body paint artist (among a few others) and together we created beautiful art!

From there, my first vendor set up was at The Art & Soul Live Exhibit by Bell Darris, and it’s just been an exciting ride from there! I have met so many different people and had so many notable experiences along the way. Art is Life by Thea has really blossomed and I can’t wait to see how much more is in store.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been a smooth road but it has not been a wildly rocky one either. The paint n sips were pretty easy to manage, so I didn’t really have any major issues there. The body painting was fun. It was definitely a new experience because I had to paint everything. And I do mean EVERYTHING! Lol! But vendor events are where some of the rocky moments came.

In my first couple of events, I only had 1 card table and just a couple of paintings. I didn’t even have a tablecloth. I had no help and very little support in the crowd. But along the way, I got more and more pieces to add to my setup and more faces in the crowd there to see me. Especially after I met my love! He has been crazy supportive in all ways!

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am an artist. Art is Life by Thea is the name of my business. I create all kinds of art, including epoxy art, wood art, drawings, canvas paintings, and much much more.

Drawing cartoons is where I started and what I am, in my opinion, best at. I don’t do portraits. Not in the traditional sense. But I can create almost anything I put my mind to. Check out Art is Life by Thea on Instagram and Facebook to see my work.

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you.
Luck (really it’s called blessings) has played a very decent role. For instance, a couple of people have allowed me to set up at their events for no vendor fee.

That was super appreciated because the term “struggling artist” can be all too real. It’s sometimes a slow-moving business. To be honest without being blessed (or lucky if you will) neither my business would even exist.

Pricing:

  • $2 – $5 Keychains
  • $5 – $20 ashtrays
  • $20 – $700+ canvas art
  • $2 – $50 kids pieces
  • $20 – $50 dominos

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Image Credits
Ade Tokunbo

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1 Comment

  1. Mandy

    September 6, 2022 at 5:10 pm

    🎉🖌🎨Congratulations beautiful Queen 👸🏽 your artistic creativity is so amazing 🤩 keep up the awesome work💯 Shine bright 💎 like the Diamond you are friend 😍

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