We had the good fortune of connecting with Cherrysh Anderson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cherrysh, what’s your definition for success?
Success-Standing Up Collectively Creating Equanimity Serving Society. I look at how at 34 years old all the things I’ve learned that propel me to getting thru difficult times and striving to be my best are a collection of lessons taught by “everyday” people, not celebrities. Those people who invest their experience to better mine. Teachers, healthcare workers, family, etc. The people who stood up and did their individual part to help society all instilled a sense of service in me. My success isn’t measured on my name in bright lights or my bank account. Success for me is someone sitting down 20 years later and a faint memory comes into their head of something I’ve said or done that helps them tackle whatever crossroad they’re at…because at that point I have done my part to serve society by impacting the lives of those I cross.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I characterize my visual art as reflections and my cake art as connections. Finding my stride as an artist came thru the unexpected path of cake decorating. I love creating things that resonate with everyday people. Never did I think cake decorating would be my career path, but for 5 years it has been an intricate part of my growth as an artist. Cake gave me a chance to not only be of service to my local community it also gave me the creative outlet to showcase basic humanity. Being able to connect with a client transparently allows me the chance to understand the importance of what I am creating. Every experience is personal, every celebration is uniquely important. Whether it be a two people starting their life as one and helping a bride have the day she always dreamed of; a mom whose saved for months just to get their child the one major birthday for the first time and seeing nothing but joy at the big reveal, or helping an expecting mother keep calm as they prepare for their bundle of joy, someone is inviting me into their intimate moments to create a memorable experience, something that conveys their individuality and uniqueness. That’s a huge responsibility. Those connections force me to be better at my craft. That in turn forces me to be a better me and I couldn’t do that without establishing myself as a visual artist, as it’s my true passion. The Potraitures are a mirror to the one thing about myself that I can not unlink myself from, the fact that I am a black woman. Black women have been the primary influence in shaping who I am, and they are also 85% of my clientele. My visual art reflects the appreciation I have for that by simply acknowledging the beauty of our shared human experience. It is a collection of the feelings, spirituality and inner thoughts I have been privy to within my diverse culture thru graphite portraiture. Finding my niche with the visual artistry was my greatest obstacle. It was important that I overcame the fear that if I didn’t follow current trends or go viral I wouldn’t be deemed a legitimate artist. Accepting that i loved graphite, loved portraiture, loved negative space and may not get millions of followers was difficult, especially in today’s social climate, where success is gauged by social media. Cakes were the constant reminder I don’t have to reach millions or go viral, my 6,000 followers chose me and what I offered, the things that made me, me. The only way to do that was to just do what I naturally loved. If my art (cake or portraiture) resonates with one person I am an artist in my own right.
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?
Trenton Anderson of And1One Curb Painting