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Art & Life with Stephanie Acedillo

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephanie Acedillo.

Stephanie, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I grew up in the Bay Area, went to school in San Francisco, and then attended San Jose State where I got my degree in Graphic Design! I’m one of those artists who was drawing since I was a kid, I have always loved art. After school and weekends, I would draw cartoons like PowerPuff Girls or Sailor Moon. I remember having piles and piles of scrap paper around me, trying to perfect my favorite characters.

However, this was all only a hobby for me, I have never even taken an art class until college, and that was only because it was required for my major. My second year of college, I discovered an Australian artist named Sha’an D’Anthes who really inspired me. This was when I got into the nitty-gritty of it all, I started painting, and actually worked up the courage to share my work on social media. I had great feedback when I posted my work, but I still didn’t take it too seriously. I didn’t see myself as an “artist”, it was only just a hobby to me, but also, I didn’t think I was talented enough to consider myself one. My last years in college was where I started taking my work more seriously. I started educating myself on successful contemporary artists and painted a lot more. My old roommate, Francesca Mateo, was curating a group art show and invited me to be part of it. That was when I sold my first piece. When that happened, I was elated! It boosted my confidence and it was the happiest anything has ever made me. I knew I was meant to do this.

Once I graduated, I moved to San Diego with my mom to try and find a graphic design job. During my downtime searching for my first big girl job, I would create as much as I could because it helped relieve my post-graduate depression. I tried my best to post every day, and the more I posted, the more messages I got for commissions or design work. I even received private messages from people on how much they appreciated and were inspired by my work. I finally decided that it was time to open up an online store and fully embrace being an “artist”.

There is no better feeling than selling something I create or inspiring somebody to create themselves. I am honestly still trying to find my place in the world, but as long as I focus on my work both design & art, I think I’ll be just fine. (:

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am both a Painter // Graphic Designer. I paint with watercolors and one of my main subjects are women. I love women! They are so interesting, powerful, and beautiful. When I create, I do my best to elicit expression. I want them to express calm, peace, effortlessness, and power. I also try to create weightlessness and a dream-like atmosphere in my work. I want people who view it to feel their emotion, and feel a sense of calm.

Although, my main subject tends to be women. My work varies depending on my personal situation or the world’s situation. Regardless, my main goal is to bring happiness to both the world and myself.

Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
I wishes I took my work more seriously earlier in my life. I always knew that I wanted to do something artistically, but never had the guts to pursue it. I used to feel I wasn’t talented enough to call myself an “artist”. I say, just go for it! Create what you want, do what makes you happy, take your art SERIOUSLY. Stand up for your art and build the confidence to showcase it, because when you break that wall of insecurity, you will learn that people want to see what you make. Every artist has their own journey and style, there is no good or bad, just do you!

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can find my work on my Instagram and on my website. On my website, I have my online store where people can support by purchasing my work! You can also e-mail me and hire me for your graphic design needs. My Instagram is xstephyyx and my website is www.stephanieacedillo.com.

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