Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Cervantes.
Sarah, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I grew up on the south side of Chicago in the 80’s-playing scrabble, running through gangways, and down the block, causing just enough mischief. I was born with a draw towards the arts and much of my childhood existed inside my own mind-watching color, light, details. My mom worked in the medical field, but is an artist who always was creating something. We didn’t have a lot of resources, but she always encouraged me to be creative.
As I grew up, I knew I loved to create but the potential to be an artist didn’t exist in my framework. So, when it came time to choose, I did the only thing that did exist in my framework -I went to bible college. There, one professor recognized my bend towards art and guided me toward graphic design. She set up an internship and introduced me to my long time mentor. It was there that I began to create that new framework, the idea that I could actually be an artist. I’m now a full time graphic designer and I found a love for photography. Even when I’m not designing for clients, I still create one new thing everyday.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I take photos, I do graphic design and illustration. I love to create things that bring people joy and peace-things they can find themselves in and think deeply about. Most of my art has the idea or message of being free or finding freedom in its various forms.
The stereotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
The biggest financial advice I can give is to value yourself. When you do this, others value you. Don’t be afraid to raise your rates, charge what your worth and expect payment. If you’re not at the point where you’re charging for work, simply find the time to keep working at it, you’ll get there!
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can follow me on
Dribbble @ SevenBrighter,
You can also find me at SevenBrighter.com. I frequently show artwork in Aurora on their First Fridays at The ArtBar-come find me and say hi!
- Website: SevenBrighter.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/scaitlin82
- Facebook: fb.com/sevenbrighter
All images are mine, logos and website use mockups.