Whatever your passion may be, how far are you willing to go for something that you are passionate about? Ever since Nike came up with the slogan “Just Do It,” many people use the phrase as their mantra to follow their passions. Artist Ras, is one of those people. “My art is very heartfelt and passionate. I think about it all the time— from the time I wake up until I go back to sleep. My everyday surroundings from where I grew up in New York and New Jersey influenced my art. I love the colors. While growing up I would see graffiti art with vibrant colors and I developed a love for it. Colors are a way to express how I feel. Colors can interpret my mood. Colors are very powerful,” explains Ras.
Sometimes we let the idea of what our LIFE is supposed to be influence our choices in education and careers. Ras experienced that same thing. While attending college for Business Management, she realized that she did not like the Business course and switched to something else and was still unhappy. After a discussion with her mother she realized that what she really wanted to do was to pursue her creative talent.
Ras began to work for an advertising agency and has worked on advertising campaigns for author Tinesha Davis, Jaguar, Hennessey and the Children’s National Hospital. “Working for an agency had its benefits but as time went by I wanted more. Working in corporate America was not fulfilling for me,” Ras said. So she struck out on her own.
Working as a freelance artist, Ras has had to learn the business side of being a self-employed artist. “As a freelance artist, it is all on me. There is pressure to succeed but it is good pressure,” she said. “There have been times that I wanted to give up, but I love what I do and I am happy. Art for me is the one thing that has never let me down. I am focused and passionate. Money is not the issue for me because I feel that I have to follow my passion. If you are passionate about what you love to do then you must be willing to sacrifice.”
After a lot of sacrifice, Ras will have her art FEATURED with a showcase sponsored by The Eager One and Round Edges— an innovative enrichment program designed to build communities of creative, knowledgeable and inspired beings by providing art education and life-skills workshops. The goal of the program is to empower youth through education, experience and expression.
“My show is a colorful expression of life, the good and bad. I hope that people will get to know me through my art, which is in illustration form. I hope it lets the public know who I am, how I have grown as a person and artist,” Ras said. “I want people to know that there are authentic artists out there who are not in it just for the money. Some artists use art as a way to survive and to have a voice in society today.”
For more information about the artist Ras and to view some of her artwork, visit http://www.raslikestodraw.com.