1. What is something not too many people know about you?
Most people don’t know of my upbringing. I usually kept it quiet or I would dodge the question
when I was younger. I was ashamed to mention as a kid growing up that I’ve had a hard childhood and it was tough to talk about until today. There were times when we didn’t have enough food on the table or when electricity wasn’t running.I lived where there were a lot of shady people in the neighborhood. My dad dated a lot of people who were affiliated with gang members here in Canada. I also grew up in an abusive home. It was tough. But, one thing I am thankful for was my resiliency. I was a tough kid, I was able to withstand all the violence and sought solace in my art. I’m proud of how I grew up, weird to say, because it made me be the person I am today.
2. What are your biggest passions?
My biggest passions in life is art and technology. Ever since I moved to Canada when I was five I would remember seeing my mother’s sketches for the first time and it became a marvel to me. To know that you could make nothing out of something was amazing. Her hand drawn sketches that she so-lovingly propped on the mantle of my father and me. It was such a moving moment for me because I never knew at that point, that there was such a thing as art. I remember picking up my first pencil crayon and I recreated Garfield jumping out of a cake from one the comic strips my mother gave to me as a welcome home present. I now have transformed. I upgraded my Crayola pencil crayons to a set of acrylic paint and I now do art shows for all to see!
Now, the technology aspect came from the form of photography. In high school I took a Communications Technology course where I could learn photoshop, edit videos, develop films, silk screen, etc. I became enveloped with editing on computers. Then it gradually leveled up to taking the computer apart and putting it back together (this was done at the old pawn shop I used to work at). And eventually I went into coding, and I’ve been hooked ever since.
The idea that you can create something out of nothing was a true golden moment for me, it made me realize that the arts and technology could be integrated and I want to make it my destiny to create using those two mediums in an impactful way. It has been my passion project since.
3. What are your goals for the future?
My goal for the future is to be able to live a life where money wouldn’t have to be a worry. To be married to my fiance. Also, I want to be able to create beautiful art installations for the world to see. I have a few projects in mind, but they’re still a secret!
4. What is your definition of success?
MY definition of success is when I set a list of goals that I want to accomplish and I am able to accomplish them. For example, I set small realistic goals to help elevate myself and to accomplish the bigger goals I lay ahead of me such as studying in order to get a good grade, which in turn the good grade gets me an education and that education is what propels me to become the creative coder that I want to be.
I also find myself successful when I’m living life as a decent human being, to be able to not only impact my life but to mostly impact the lives around me. I live for moments when I’m able to change the world for someone, even if it’s miniscule, in a meaningful way. To me that enlists success in my books.
5. Tell us something about the projects you're working on
I am currently challenging myself to do three things:
a. Propelling my art business, beginning with selling my art in the form of stickers, prints, and fine art pieces. MY DREAMS MANIFESTED when I kept telling myself I will be in the art community, I will start my art business, I will create amazing content. So definitely watch out for my work to come. My instagram is undergoing maintenance right now where I’m working on some rad pieces to put up. You can get updated with my projects on my instagram at @thezesty.
b. I am developing a sound activated smart mirror. It’s more of a passion project with this one, I really want to push myself and test my limits with my coding skills. I understand the smart mirror has already been invented but it’s definitely on my summer project list.
c. I have a few art shows throughout the summer here in Toronto. I’m super excited and would love for anyone to come check out the live paintings that I am working on.
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