I have been an art lover for most of my life as I spent hours as achild pouring over Monet, Picasso and Cassett in the New York Library.
I loved the colors, the images and skills of these wonderful artist. Although I never became a serious artist myself I still love and
I recently came across an Atlanta based artist calledQuinonas Cheatham on one of my social networking sites and I was takenby his skill. Today, I caught up with Quinonas to learn more about theman and his art.
YAHOO: Good afternoon Q. How are you today?
QC: Iam fine Karen, feeling truly blessed.
YAHOO: Please tell our audience a little bit about your background Q. Where did you grow up?
QC: I grew up most of my life here in Atlanta, but because my Mother was somewhat of a gypsy my family and I spent a little time some of everywhere, Traveling mostly up and down the east coast, from here to Philly.
YAHOO: When did you first know that you had a gift in art?
QC: It’s funny you should call it a gift because early on I thought everyone could draw or paint. I didn’t see it as anything special…I kind of still don’t, but I have a passion for it. I love it in all it’s many forms including but not limited to dance, music, theater, poetry and writing. Visual art is just one aspect of my cathartic releases and the one closest and dearest to my heart. It’s what I do.
YAHOO: Where do you get your inspiration?
QC: I find inspiration in various ways…a thought from the past; a news or magazine story; life
YAHOO: Do you see an art-show in your future?
QC: (LOL), I hope so. It’s time for me to step my game up. I’m looking for an agent/manager, you know any good people?
YAHOO: We’ll speak off-line about that :O). Q. I also wanted to touch on your tattoo business. Tell me alittle bit about how you got into that?
QC: My tattoo business is what keeps me eating and the lights on. I’ve been doing them for quite some time now and although business could always be better I have been blessed. I started off just doing tattoo sketches in jail and prison for tattoo artist, but quickly saw that the money was in the actual body work. I also just completed a book of Faction based loosely on my life’s experiences and real live people and events.
Trust me there are some twist and turns in there that you will not believe…in the works also is a book of poetry and Pictorial of my earliest works and pen and ink sketches…so my future agent manager will have their hands full if they decide to sign on…I am the tool use me!
YAHOO: How can people contact you for a tattoo consultation or topurchase your art?
QC: My tattoos are mostly word of mouth from people who I’ve done work for, but I do a lot of social networking via the web. For my art it’s basically the same except I try to do as many shows as possible which is why I feel I need an agent or manager to point me in the right direction to get the most bang for the bucks. I am truly not hard to find and neither is my work, just ask a friend… But for those who don’t know, if I could, I would like to drop my number: 678 933-4218
YAHOO: What advice can you give to aspiring artist?
QC: Do whatever it is that you do. If you are a painter paint, if you are a dancer dance, if you are a writer write. And always remember to depend on luck and here is the formula for luck given to me by a very wise and noble friend, he said Luck happens where preparation and opportunity crosses paths and the key is staying on the paths…also remember a good personality sells…if people like you they are more prone to spend their hard earned dollars with you or do it because you love it.
YAHOO: Q, I wish you continued success in your business endeavors and pray God’s blessings upon you and your family.
QC: Thanks Karen, I really appreciate this opportunity you have given me…I already feel the blessings raining down…and to God I give praise and glory for the great works He does through you. Blessings to you also…