Shelby Quino | 26 | her/she/that one crazy bitch
Freelance Artist (Varied) | Creative Mentor | Surrealist | Lunatic Founder of Soul Healing Love Magic
The best way to describe myself as an artist is that I like for my work to reflect the viewer's individual imagination, as if looking for visions in the clouds. In general, I'm a Surrealist partial to mixed media, digital art and painting. My technique, style and choices of media vary depending on what I've got to work with and how I'm feeling at the moment. There are words for people like me, but I don't think there's very many.
I have spent the last few years quietly developing various exercises, prompts, games, and other activities for creatives; all designed for the purpose of inciting an artistic process and diverse collaborative dialogue, challenging new perspectives, and promoting shared arts experiences that integrate different styles and media. Part of my teaching technique is to empower others to find inspiration through spontaneous “play,” improvised collaboration, and experimentation; engaging others in an artistic process that allows for individual discovery, insight into what works for them, and better ability to expand upon their artistic skills both individually and collectively. Many artists tend to hold back their full expressive potential for fear of making a mistake.
By setting a collaborative atmosphere without setting limits, and maintaining a sense of humor and fun whenever possible, become less fearful of making mistakes that might stifle the artistic process. Collaborators become more confident in learning new skills, trying new techniques or media, and really finding their flow. Becoming inspired is not something with correct answers, set rules or reproducible steps, so I tailor my teaching approach to the unique needs of each individual that I mentor.