There comes an essential time in all of our lives when we question what it means to be "creative." We wonder how to express our self-image and embody that strength in our day-to-day lives. For some it's a struggle and for others it seems easy. At the end of the day, we are all on the journey together.
Andréa Price is a living reminder that there is creativity inside of us all. She is a symbol of strength and a voice of perseverance. Andréa's art and all-around personality gives those that experience it a sense of confidence and empowerment. Her accomplishments are immeasurable; In addition to painting, she is a creative consultant specializing in illustration, graphic design, photography and creative direction.
Andréa began to pursue her passion for art unapologetically after a near death experience in 2011 and has been a constant light ever since. By beginning to believe in herself, she started inspiring others to do the same. Her drive is unrelenting and because of this, her career knows no boundaries.
Who is Andréa Price? Can you use this space to tell the readers about yourself?
I'm an artist of many mediums. Art isn't just painting. I am an encourager. My goal is to help others express themselves and what's in their heads through the use of my creativity and art.
Let’s start at the beginning of your career. After waking up in a hospital bed on September 9, 2011 following a near death experience, you were inspired to create Dré Price Art. Can you explain what triggered your mind to share your artistic gifts with the world?
AP: When I woke up I heard a voice telling me I needed to paint. I feel that was God speaking to me within me. At the time, I hadn't painted in about 4 years. I thought being an artist was a life sentence of poverty. I unfortunately had been fed the "starving artist" story trap. Once I was out of the hospital, I vowed to appreciate life and to pursue my passions. I refuse to allow myself to do anything that results in unhappiness. I choose to use my gifts to help others. By doing this, I give back to the Universe through the gift God has granted me.
You definitely hold many titles — painter, illustrator, photographer, actress, model... and it doesn’t even stop there. It seems as if your career knows no limits. How has the journey of being an entrepreneur been thus far?
AP: The entrepreneurial journey has been the most enjoyable test of perseverance. It's not easy but because I'm passionate about what I do, it's fulfilling. I'm just a creator lol. I feel labels are limitations and all of those labels you mentioned are just an expression of creativity. They're all a medium of art.
What are some essentials while you are creating? What is your creative process like?
AP: I have a handmade sketchbook that's become my go to these days. Handmade paper, my brushes and paint/ink are my essentials. I usually do a pre-sketch to brainstorm first even if the project requires video. Music and audiobooks are also a necessity.
You said, “Life is an endless stream of inspiration”. Do you ever feel yourself uninspired, and if so, what do you do to get out of that creative block?
AP: Yes. I go through block periods and I try not to be so hard on myself when I do. Inspiration comes in peaks and valleys. When I'm peaking, I jump on it and let the creation out. When I'm not, I go do something physical such as hiking, biking, skateboarding, swimming, meditate, relax, etc. I allow myself to focus on other things because inspiration will often be found while doing something else. It can't be forced, it just comes when it comes.
How do you differentiate your work from the next person’s? In other words, what do you feel makes your work unique and truly your own?
AP: I feel my use of color is something that sets me apart. Also, my painting/drawing style is a mix of slightly cartoonish yet slightly realistic. My subject matter is also something that's different. I don't stick to doing the same thing over and over. I embrace variety.
If you have one, what is your dream project?
AP: I would love to create something for Oprah and to paint something on a huge scale with an inspiring message to serve as public art.
Your art and overall positive energy is inspiring to young women all over. Is there any advice you would give to someone looking to get into what you do?
AP: No matter what it is that you do, be proud of yourself and never ever compare yourself to others. "Comparison is the thief of joy." You are you and that's the best part because no one can do you like you do. A positive mind set is key! By being positive, you provide increase your belief in yourself and also give others the courage to be the positive as well. Also, don't be afraid to share your gifts. Sharing your art can be intensely vulnerable but you never know what an impact it can have on others. Don't be afraid to show yourself and your work.
How has traveling influenced your art?
AP: Traveling has been such a blessing because it's exposing me to styles I've never seen or considered. I always take time to appreciate the culture in any country I'm in as well as their culturally artistic aesthetics. The architecture, the pottery, the clothes, the people, etc. Traveling is the ultimate source of inspiration.