We had the good fortune of connecting with Makesa Stovall and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Makesa, what is the most important factor behind your success?
When I started painting more full time, I understood that I am working for the Lord. I write bible verses on all of my canvases because the Lord has given me the talent I have and I like to honor that. Another good quality to have for success is continue pushing even when you don’t see the results you want. I am fairly new to being an artist, but I’m constantly learning about who I want to be as an artist. There are many failed attempts as I navigate through the processes, but I have picked myself back up to start again. Having God standing with me and never giving up has given me the courage to always keep going. That’s where I find my success.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As an artist, there are many that have a specific “style”. I’d like to say I can do a lot of different variations through abstract. I love abstract art, your ideas just come to life on a canvas. You are not copying anything or looking at something and painting it, you are thinking about your process through the duration of your piece. That isn’t to say other forms are art aren’t spectacular because there are amazing forms of art and there are many artists I admire that do not paint abstract. I think what I’m most excited about is creating things for other people for their enjoyment. When you paint someone something and when they receive it they are so thrilled to have a piece of artwork from me. That makes me happy. It hasn’t always been super easy though. I started by watching YouTube to see what I liked. This was never something I thought I would do long term. Some of the YouTube videos seemed cool so I wanted to try something similar. It turned out to be a full blown hobby/career. I do still have another full time job and I paint on the side, but I’m lucky I love both of the things I do. I wouldn’t say things have been hard To get to where I am now, but you have slow times and booming times and that is hard about being an artist because you never know what your finances look like from month to month. I’d love to be more full time and meeting with interior designers and putting my stuff in hotels and restaurants and places where people would recognize my name, but that takes years and years. I will just keep doing what I’m doing and loving every second of it. I’m very passionate about painting and being an artist. I want each piece to be made for the individual I’m making it for and I want it to be perfect. I honor God with every painting I do and thank him for my talents as an artist. If anything, though my art, I may Lift someone’s spirits through the art and bible verses and maybe spark a conversation about God to other individuals.
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’m a Ft Worth gal. I love the country and everything that comes with it, which is ironic I paint abstract. I would take her to Joe T Garcia’s for margs and Mexican good, then we would go dancing in the stockyards or go see a concert with Texas country music. We love to shoot skeet and have bonfires. I am a pretty low key person. If we went out in Dallas I would take her to lower Greenville because there is some really neat, hipster places there. There’s actually a lot to do around the DFW area. We would definitely have to catch a baseball game if she was in town because we love baseball.
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?
My husband hands down. He is my rock. He has always stood by me through my journey to becoming an artist. He has rejoiced with me through my victories, cried with me through my struggles and always been my #1 supporter. He never asks questions about all the supplies I buy when I want to try new things. He is always rolling with whatever ideas I come up with. He loves that I am passionate about art and I’m thankful he supports me so much. Another person who has really been encouraging is my brother. He thinks everything I touch is amazing, which makes me feel so good. He’s always pushing me to keep going and showing me new marketing tricks and tips. He has really enjoyed my journey through this as well and been a really good person to have on my team.