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

What was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I am an artist and entrepreneur based in Fort Worth, Texas. I have been making art since before I could walk and started selling it towards the beginning of 2017. I have been fortunate in my ability to create and sell art online via my instagram, website, art shows and Etsy store. I have also been commissioned to paint murals for several  businesses, nonprofits – and create a permanent installation for my high-school. Additionally, I have sold to local collectors, who are very well known in the national and international art communities for their art collections. Turning my love for art into a business through custom work as well as  murals around Fort Worth which have allowed me to meet so many new people and artists around the city and grow a deeper love for my home town. 

Starting a business where I publish my art for people to purchase and commission has helped me grow as an artist and gather influence from the projects I undertake.

What should our readers know about your work?
My art is a mix of pop colors and surrealist imagery. It’s different in the way that it uses a diverse range of subjects to widen the overall meaning and audience who might be drawn to it. I am inspired by music and pop-culture icons such as David Bowie and Andy Warhol. I also enjoy the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth where I conceptualize many pieces I create. From the classical renaissance paintings to the traveling exhibits, these historic treasures have granted me many ideas for past projects and the ones I continue to this day. 

Being an artist has always been a big part of my identity. It not only has helped me meet so many people, but it also has also helped me support causes I believe in. During my freshman year, I created a piece titled “An Alphabet of Texas Women Who Have Inspired and Continue to Do so,” this digital collage featured drawings of numerous women who were born in Texas and went on to make important changes in the world. With my work, I hope to create positive and relatable art that people can take home with them and keep in their homes. By continuing to create my art, I am preparing for my career as a professional artist and creating a space where I can share my art publicly.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite place in Fort Worth to hang out is the Trinity Trails where I love to take long walks and conceptualize future pieces. It doesn’t matter what time of day you hit the trail, you are always bound to run into someone you know.

Another place I draw inspiration from is the Montgomery Antique Mall where my mother and I share an art booth and often find ourselves spending hours roaming the over 200 booths of antique vendors from all over Fort Worth. You can easily spend a whole day hunting for treasures.

Additionally, I can’t resist collecting my favorite vinyl and I’ve found an amazing selection at doc’s records. I love building my vinyl collection and doc’s records has an amazing assortment of old and new albums by artists covering all genres. Not only that but this record store is a venue for musicians who often play on weekends. During the summer, the record and antique store is a setting for art shows featuring many local vendors.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shout out?
My parents, who are artists as well, my mom is a photographer and art business owner and my dad a photographer and filmmaker, have encouraged me to pursue my passion from the very beginning. As a family, we have created art to sell at shows across Texas during the fall, winter, and spring months every year. I’ve continued to develop my artistic identity throughout my high school career and I have learned many things about making my voice and others heard through sharing my art which has encouraged me to pursue my passion. 

Contact information:

Instagram: @heyitscaya

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