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Daily Inspiration: Meet Pevchmilk

Today we’d like to introduce you to Pevchmilk.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I’ve been an artist my entire life, but like many young people, found myself sort of floating through life. I’ve always had the goal of being a full time artist, but fell victim to the narrative pedaled to youngins that making it as a professional artist is tedious and recipe for starvation. But even as a young girl, I watched my parents, unhappily working normal jobs and knew there must be something more to life than a job and a house and a family. But I lacked guidance. I tried going to school, working, relationships, moving around, etc, and nothing left me feeling fulfilled. Meanwhile I was drawing here and there hoping that one day I’d be able to have a stable enough career to give me the spare time to draw. I moved to San Diego two years ago after a bad break up, and got a job bar tending at a high end cocktail bar downtown. It was cool, and I made fantastic money, but I kept having this recurring voice in my head that told me I wouldn’t be able to bartender for much longer. The job itself was really draining and had me playing a part I didn’t like. I felt like a shell. When I heard in March 2020 that bars were going to close for a while, I was honestly elated. The first day of closure, I dove deep into my painting practice and never stopped. With all this spare time came a lot of time to contemplate the nature of my existence. I began meditating and healing from a life of inauthenticity and trauma. So when bars opened back up again, I decided I would never compromise again on my happiness. I committed to my artistic practice and to helping other kindred spirits understand that they too can cast aside the traditional narratives and ideals about how they think they have to live life and embrace life doing what they truly feel they were incarnated on this planet to do. I’m early in my own career, now, but I’m currently inspiring people to reflect on their own nature through visual narrative and stories written on my social platforms, and plan to dive deeper into similar fields.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Well, the road here wasn’t easy. I’ve worked so many unhappy jobs in my life. Restaurants, retail, etc. I could feel my brain and soul melting. Getting to the place I’m at now has required a lot of faith. For one, keeping a positive attitude while to world around you appears to be crumbling requires a sound heart and mind. Secondly, not having a safely net or a regular job to fall back on requires persistence and trust in myself to be able to meet monthly overhead and goals. My experience has been really interesting, though. With deciding not to go back to work, doors seemed to open before my eyes. Challenging but rewarding roads to walk appeared before me. Trusting that it was all going to work out has been the most terrifying part, because often, it can look like things are going to crumble and my ideal life as a full time artist will disappear. I’d only have myself to blame, then. Regardless of however things look financially at any given point, however, I keep the attitude that I will meet my goals and keep an open mind for how opportunities show up for me. I always seem to have what I need when I need it. “ A man who is doing his true will has the inertia of the Universe to assist him”. That’s an Aliester Crowley quote. He’s a little controversial, but the quote rings so true. It’s difficult and painful work to be able to put that much faith in your individual path.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Up until now, I’ve been an acrylic painter. I’ve been specializing in anatomy, visionary art, and writings that inspire self-reflection and questioning of the nature of consciousness itself. I created my first set of 5 acrylic works that immediately got picked up to be shown in an online show by a gallery in Detroit. That doesn’t sound huge, but it really meant a lot to me because I haven’t been painting full time for long. I enjoy posting my work on Instagram, where I write captions about my daily struggles and inspirations as a full time artist and spiritual explorer. I get a lot of messages from people about how I inspired them to look differently at their own situations in life. People have told me that my writings have inspired them to start painting again, leave abusive relationships, think differently about their anxiety and depression, feel better about life. I’m trying to spread love and acceptance. I lived so much of my life feeling like I didn’t belong because of the way I was, whether it be anxiety or my relationship to my gender identity. I’m in a place now where I’ve gained a lot of confidence, and I want to do anything I can to help other people feel happier, more loved and accepted in this world, and to feel fulfilled. These messages from people have made me feel so full and have inspired me to keep moving in this direction. My anatomy type paintings were the beginning of my painting career. I’m now working on developing a more narrative based body of artwork with more figures, animals, people. I’m planning to move into murals and work heavily in that medium in the very near future. This is an intuitive drive, a pull from within to do this type of work. I think I’ll be able to really reach people’s hearts this way. I feel like my deeply spiritual nature sets me apart from most people I know. I have what I describe as a symbiotic relationship with the universe and astral planes. I see meaning and guidance in everything and this has helped me to become a really open and loving person. I follow my intuition for every decision. I’m quite strange but authenticity is really important me, so I embody my strange nature at every available moment. Why live as anyone else but your true self?

What’s next?
Yeah!! Like I said, I’m currently transitioning into a more narrative based, character driven type of artwork that will translate well into large scale and murals. I’m settling into these stylistic changes. I’m going to be continuing painting clothing and objects. I enjoy shopping for vintage items and clothing and painting on them. These have been quite popular on my site recently. I’m trying to develop an entire world through my artwork that will hopefully lead to graphic novels, digital landscapes, and other exciting fields. Like I said, I am still so early in this career and the possibilities are endless!!

Pricing:

  • Custom painted denim jacket- $250-$300
  • Commissioned paintings 10×10/11×14 $500
  • Commissioned paintings larger that 11×14 are priced on case by case basis
  • Tattoo designs $200+
  • Murals special rates $500+ (Portfolio building rates)

Contact Info:

  • Email: Peachmilksupply@gmail.com
  • Website: Pevchmilk.com
  • Instagram: Pevchmilk

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