We had the good fortune of connecting with Carisha Davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carisha, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Although one of the most arduous and daring things that a business owner can do, you have to learn to take risks, even if you take them in fear and trembling. Always have someone wise mentoring and speaking into your life and your business so that you can take risks in wisdom. But, sometimes it wont make sense to anyone but you. You will know in your gut that whatever it is, is the right move. Trust your gut. As cliche as that sounds, my gut feeling and discernment have brought me some of the greatest successes in my business.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am an abstract contemporary artist. My work ranges from bold expressionism to minimalist art. I think what sets me apart from other artists is my range. I can create traditional brush art, textured pieces, alcochol ink paintings, fluid or geode paintings and even home decor designs. I am not limited to one style and that is something that my clients appreciate. Typically, many artists have one staple style. Not me. I can create art for every room and each piece be of a different medium. I was not formally trained as an artist. I studied English. I am a self taught artist and I have painted and created my entire life. I used to be ashamed to say that I had no formal training, but I have found that my clients admire the organic cultivation of my art skills over the years. As an artist and designer, I strive to create art and home decor that transforms spaces. My catalog of services for companies and clients alike for the past decade have spanned from interior decorating and home staging, to creating and designing home decor and fine art. I am a former public school teacher and coach. I started my company in 2013 with a $5,000 investment and a prayer. For seven years, I successfully owned and operated my company Ahava Home. I was blessed to have my artwork and designs land on the shelves of one of the world’s premier luxury retailers, Nordstrom. In 2021, I decided to rebrand and simplify my company and move from the busy hustle and bustle of designing all around town back to what I enjoy doing more than anything- creating.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love live music, art, basketball and good food. I would make sure they ate well. I have many favorite food spots here in Dallas, but I would have to make sure that we visited a few of my staple spots: La Duni Latin Kitchen on McKinney Ave, Medina Morrocan-Meditteranean in Victory Park and this little family owned Thai spot off of Oram and Greenville Ave in Dallas called Bangkok Inn. We would hit up the Museum of Modern Art in funky town and of course if it were Mavs season catch a game. At some point I would take them out for live music and gumbo at my fave little cajun spot, The Freeman.The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate this to the first person that saw my products and believed in them, Denise Webb. I was a middle school teacher driving around town on weekends doing arts and crafts shows. She came to one of those shows, saw my work, and invited me to become a vendor in her boutique. Her belief in my product and choice to give me a chance catapulted my confidence and I would not be where I am without her.
The Stone Creative- Photographer Alex Stone