We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrew Gatehi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andrew, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Within the last year I’ve seen a dramatic change in my work-life balance. For one, scheduling events has been less of a hassle because working from home means less time spent commuting to and from meetings which frees up more personal time. In addition I am not as attached to scheduled dates as I was pre COVID-19. My time in the studio with some exceptions has been mostly spontaneous. In doing so my work and life melt into one which means I am not struggling to make time for one or the other. At any moment I could be working on a project and feel comfortable putting it down in order to make sure my other needs are being met. I know that I have a good balance when I am not sacrificing time with friends and family for work and vice versa. When life and work schedules conflict I manage through those moments by prioritizing what’s most important. I do this by giving or taking time away from projects as needed or shelving projects for later dates in order to make sure they receive my undivided attention.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My work is me at my most vulnerable when I design, paint, collage or sketch I am always reveling an intimate part of myself. I reflect on my heartaches, fears, passions and all the moments and objects that once made me cry or laugh. I like to recount my dreams and string together stories which are told through a mixture of analog and digital tools that bring my ideas to life. Although I have encountered obstacles on the path of my creative career what keeps me going is the fulfillment my work brings to me especially after I complete a body of work I am over joyed by all the moving pieces coming together to form what was once just a rough idea in my head. Whether I am learning new techniques or refining old ones I am always aiming to grow as an artist’s both with my craft and my appreciation for what’s come before me.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
west egg cafe Mercedes Benz stadium
indoor sky diving at iFLY
Shrine of the Black Madonna Culture Center
Ponce City market
Lemon pepper wings
stone mountain park
center for puppetry arts
Porsche expérience center
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to give a shout-out to my mom she’s been my guiding light throughout my journey as a growing artist and she continues to support me in every possible way. I love you mom.