We had the good fortune of connecting with Barron Johnson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Barron, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I decided on a creative career because the world has become very black and white and artists, of all kinds, are here to bring color into the world. Where the lives that a lot of people lead tend to be very serious and rigid, creatives bring an element of excitement and freedom from norms. Through my art, I try to bring positive energy to all of those who need a bit of light in dark times and a reflection of the good in the world.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My artistic journey has been a self-taught and self-led one. I never went through school or classes to learn everything that I’ve learned so far, which meant that my creative professor has always been my failures. It also means that I learned things slower than some and my lack of patience causes much frustration. But I would not trade any of it for the world, because every success just means that much more. The biggest lesson i’ve learned is that when you set out to do something and let nothing distract you or knock you off of your path, you will always find a way to succeed. No one, and nothing, can keep you from your destiny.

I focus mostly on highlighting and uplifting women, especially women of color, in my art. No matter what is portrayed in the media, there is so much beauty and elegance there that deserves recognition, so I mix that with the most stunning hour of the day – golden hour – and create beautiful pieces of art. I’ve always been inspired by Takashi Murakami and his use of color in his work and try to incorporate that into as many of my pieces as possible.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend was visiting for the week, the first place we would go would be Klyde Warren Park. The ethereal view of the city from the vey center of it is something that every one needs to see. Another place I would take them is Uptown Dallas, specifically Harris House of Heroes and Turkey DAM, and Deep Ellum, specifically Bitter End and Stirr, because Dallas’ Sunday Funday is unmatched when it comes to fun. Food-wise, we would have to go to the classic spots such as Rudy’s, Wingfields, Elaine’s, and the place where you can’t dance on the couches – Kitchen and Kocktails.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I always believe that when you surround yourself with people that understand you and your vision, and also have similar hopes and dreams, you’re destined for success. I would love to dedicate a shoutout to my brother Reggie (@korporatekustomz on instagram) for following his dreams in the creative world. We inspire each other and bounce ideas off of each other to make sure we both create our best work.

Website: bybarronj.net

Instagram: @bybarronj

Twitter: @bybarronj

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