Rochelle: Flaws and All!

Tell us about yourself and what you do.
My name is Rochelle Walker and I’m a Kindergarten Teacher’s Assistant.  I started teaching myself how to draw at 12, but it wasn’t until I turned 26 that I I finally took it seriously.

When and why did you become an artist in your field?
About a year ago, after working on land and seascapes, I wanted to challenge myself and do what I felt was the impossible for me…and that was realism.  At first, I started doing pencil work and gradually progressed to paint.  I wanted to put my own spin on images that interested me.  Even though I have much to learn, I believe I have a certain style to my work that even I’m not clearly sure what particular genre it is.  I do know it does stand out whether it’s due to the flaws or the way I just go for it and either it’s a hit or miss.  I used acrylic paint because honestly, it was just there for me to use. I never was steadfast on a particular medium; it’s just something that was easily accessible and I learned how to use it to my liking.  I might not be using it properly or most efficiently as other artists but I opperate in what I’ve become accustomed to.

“Grace Jones (VAMP)” and “This Is God…Freddy’s Home” by Rochelle Walker

What is your biggest obstacle as an artist? What is your biggest success?
My biggest obstacle in cultivating my craft is the pressure I put on myself.  Even now, I can be quite critical of my inexperience.
The biggest success thus far has definitely been my attitude. I’ve only done two showcasings of my artwork, but my attitude in my second show was incredibly upbeat compared to my first. I believe it showed significantly enough that I was able to relax and actually enjoy the experience.

What inspires your work?
My inspiration is my mother.  I grew up watching her learn from Bob Ross and I was always marveled by her dedication. She’s always been my #1 fan; there to lend tips and techniques but also there to push me further than I think I can go.

What advice would you give an aspiring artist?
In terms of advice, the only thing I can say is to always believe in what you do.  Have faith that your creativity has purpose.  I’ve given up on my creativity several times and just when I thought that I had lost my gift, I was proven that talent never dies…it only falls asleep. You will never know your true purpose unless you give in to your creativity.

“Sexual Healing (Marvin Gaye)” by Rochelle Walker

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Email: mjrkrystal@gmail.com

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About the author

I’ve never been a huge fan of the figure of speech “jack of all trades,” but that is the best way I can explain the direction my life has moved in. My journey has exposed me to graphic design, illustration, UX design, and even a little bit of front-end development. More so, as a jack of many trades, I am a master at one: painting. I consider my gift in painting to be more than a hobby, but a calling and the single thing that lead to the creation this community.

As the Founder of YBA, my goal is to simply be a resource and to fill in the gaps where needed. I am here to solve problems that many of us artists face each and every day. Whether that requires me to create a social media community, write an informative article, or simply have a DM conversation with another creative, my true passion is to serve this community that I am innately apart of.

Outside of creating, I find myself spending entirely too much time watching ASMR Youtube and obsessing over anything MCU and The Flash :)

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