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

Hi Sierra, so given that most of us are stuck at home due to the crisis, we’ve been asking folks about what they’ve enjoyed doing during quarantine. We’d love to hear what your favorite thing to do has been.
Quarantine has really given me time to hone in on my creativity, dig a little deeper, and create more art. I’ve been able to get focused, be more creative, and create more intuitively and freely. I’ve really taken the time to enjoy the process of making art again. It has also given me time to work on my poetry and my lifestyle blog Officially Thriving as well.

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 believe art can heal. It’s helped me through some difficult times in my life. I created my first painting in 2002 at the age of five years old after being diagnosed with Craniopharyngioma (brain tumor) and having brain surgery to remove it. My brain surgery was around August 2002 and I believe I painted the painting in October 2002. When my mom asked me what it was about. I replied it was called Complicated. Even back then I was expressing my emotions and feelings through art. I nor did anyone else know the artist and creative I would become today. Everything that I’ve been through has shaped me as an artist and a person. I believe that every day I am still learning and growing as an artist and a person. Today I create abstract and abstract figurative art. Aside from creating art on canvas, paper, and wood panels. I also create hand-painted jewelry, journal, and I have prints and greeting cards available of select pieces of my art. My art process is very intuitive from the supplies I choose to the subject. Each piece of my art comes with an original poem handwritten by me on the back. One of the things I’ve learned as an artist and creative is to just create from the heart. I know those that are meant to enjoy and connect with my art will and those that aren’t won’t. I know not everyone will understand or like my art. But I think that’s the beauty of it. Many people can look at the same piece and like or dislike it and see something completely different. My main goal as an artist and creative is to help and inspire others through my art, my poetry, and my story,

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Zen sushi in the Bishop Arts District is one of my favorite restaurants and has the best sushi and the service is amazing!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to give a shoutout to everyone who’s supported me and continues to support me. Jenice from Art Is Life Studio who gave me my first solo art show. But most of all I want to give a shoutout to my Mom. She is my best friend, always supports me through thick and thin, and goes above and beyond to help me with anything that I need no matter what. I also want to mention my Dad who was one of my biggest supporters and I know he would be proud of what I’ve accomplished so far.

Website: https://www.artistsierrabarnes.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/artistsierrabarnes/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/artistsierrab
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/artistsierrabarnes/
Other: Here are the links to my website and social media for my lifestyle blog Officially Thriving https://www.sierrabarnes.com https://www.instagram.com/officiallythriving/ https://www.facebook.com/officiallythriving/