We had the good fortune of connecting with Darcel White-Moreno and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Darcel, what inspires you?
Growing up in the great city of Plain Dealing, I was taught early on to respect life, people, nature and cultures. Individual creativity in its natural state of being inspires me. African Art, particularly the Nkisi Nkondi from the Benin Kingdom circa 1440 to 1897, is one of my favorites. Mostly because of the cultural significance, spirituality and artistic expression that defines the people who hail from this prestigious region. I find the integral balance of all things natural inspiring. The inspiration that drives my creativity is all around me which allows me to be wild, free…….just be. I am truly a reflection of my environment.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is inspired by what drives a balance of the spirit, I also gain inspiration through the balance of nature which provides a take on symmetry which is both pleasing to the eye and calming to the soul. I am proud of all of my creations which provides balance to a space. Designing came naturally, but there were many challenges that required an improvisational application of technique and skill. I learned that I can be indecisive when it comes to developing a decorative scheme. When I ultimately make my choices it becomes absolute and I execute it until it reaches my desired benchmark. With Altar and Ashes, people come to me for holistic health and spiritual advisement. I did not face many challenges with Altar and Ashes as many of my clients joined me on my journey to find my ancestral roots via social media. It is rewarding to witness progression from my clients on their spiritual journey.

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.
But of course, I would take them to the Dallas Museum of Art. I love many of the designs and examples of creativity from different cultures that are present there. Because I’m truly an introvert at heart, we would probably share an intimate date of homecooked meals and dinner under the stars.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Bronzed Sugar Designs is a family owned business. The designs are my creations, but the actual execution of the plan would not be possible without the help of my husband Fabian and children D’Kameron and Jullian. From concept to completion, my family is there with me every step of the way. It was important for my husband and I to create our own businesses to create generational wealth. We are the first in our families in many ways. My online holistic store, Altar and Ashes, was created with my ancestors in mind. I’ve researched my family ancestry for a number of years and fell in love with their spiritual practices. So for them creating me and in honor of them, I started Altar and Ashes.

Website: www.etsy.com/shop/AltarandAshes
Instagram: @darcelmckenzie
Facebook: bronzedsugardesigns

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