We had the good fortune of connecting with Sara Rose Salih and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sara Rose, how do you think about risk?
Risk taking definitely keeps things interesting! I think as we get older we all realize John Lennon was right when he said “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” Sometimes things don’t fall in our laps, we have to take action and steps to make them happen. Taking any kind of action usually involves taking a risk and I personally believe it’s been worth it every single time. It’s how we learn, how we grow, and how things get done.

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.
For me the biggest thing about art is your work has to stay true to you and who you are. If you start trying to change your style to please the masses, you’ll end up forgetting why you started painting in the first place.

I prefer to create abstract splatter art. Designing something abstract and messy is freeing to me. Anything else just gets to be too tedious and drives me nuts. I obsess over every detail. When it’s abstract, I never know what I’ll create and every piece is truly one of a kind. I love experimenting with different objects to create unique splatter effects. Sometimes I use toothbrushes or even just my own fingers to splatter the paint.

The easiest part of being an artist is the creativity. The challenging part is not giving up, even if your art doesn’t sell. My very first art show I didn’t sell a thing and my work didn’t turn a single head. However, I met a good friend who ended up introducing me to many other local events, opportunities, and people.

I got to where I am today by trial and error and having to readjust a few times. It wasn’t the art alone that got me here, it was the passion and the help of collaborating with an amazing artistic community in DFW.

I’ve learned and truly believe everything happens for a reason. Even the small things that seem random and insignificant. Even the disappointments are our biggest teachers. Every experience, good or bad, is a valuable building block helping you create something great to come.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In Dallas one of my favorite restaurants is Alice. It’s a hidden gem with fun 80’s décor and music and an incredible unique menu.

Deep Ellum Art Co is a fun diverse venue that I frequent as well. They host great concerts and art shows. If you want an unforgettable experience and like to dance, I recommend The Church on Sunday nights held at It’ll Do Club. Very eclectic group of interesting people.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My parents have always been my biggest supporters. They have encouraged every creative and unconventional path I’ve ever taken. I am beyond blessed to have their love and support each and every day.

I also want to give huge thanks to Tony Moreno. He became an incredible mentor and cheerleader for me as I took on this new adventure in the art community.

Website: http://www.theusualartspects.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theusualartspectsdfw/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sara-rose-salih-a146a859/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theusualartspects

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