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

Hi Celeste, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I would definitely say the willingness to say true to your goals! Persistence is so important and a key role in success. It has taken me a few years to truly understand this and I do believe with age, wisdom comes with that. All of us have gone through something in life that has knocked us down or been around people that are straight up negative forces. You have to constantly surround yourself with positive energy and don’t let outside voices dictate your outcome.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My love for art is in my blood. I’m pretty sure I was always one of those kids in school that got in trouble for doodling instead of doing my work! Go figure I’d end up pursing a career as an Artist. I started drawing commissioned portraits about 16 years ago. Over the last few years I had a bit of burn out from them. I recently decided to step away from commissioned work and start creating more work for an art exhibition. The last 12 months I did a 10 piece series on colorful western pop art. It was fun to get out of my shell and explore large paintings away from pencils. During that time I was signed on with Somerset Publishing. I was over the moon excited to have representation. Though after almost a year later, I have come to realize a publishing company was not for me. I am excited to go out on my own and promote myself. If I have learned anything, no one will pursue your dreams more than yourself. I’m slowly getting my work into local galleries and look forward to see where this path leads. Next year, I will be doing Native American portraits along with Old Western paintings. I truly am ready to take on 2021 with some exciting new work!

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 definitely would visit the Dallas World Trade Center. What a fun place to get a good feel of all aspects of art and design!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
A huge shoutout to my dear friend and client Kristyn Stillwell. Kristyn started the homeless outreach program H.O.P.E Haven 5 years ago and continues to grow each year. Her passion and dedication to helping others truly is a beautiful example of unconditional love and passion. She truly is admired by so many including myself. Her faith and spirit always inspire to keep true to myself and that any dream can be achieved through support and dedication.

Website: www.CelesteTheArtist.com
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