We had the good fortune of connecting with Anzlie and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Anzlie, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Don’t settle for ‘the way things are’ if you don’t want a conventional lifestyle. I could never be someone with a meaningless 9 to 5 who hates their job just because they think that’s the way things have to be. Without taking risks I would live an unfulfilled life of fear and wasted potential. You may fail, but you may succeed, and you would’ve never known and learned without taking risks.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is a mixture of surrealism, macabre, and cute. It’s not easily definable. I layer images from subconscious flow with detailed rendering that result in my oddly whimsical and simultaneously dark paintings and illustrations. Making art is the easy part for me, but marketing myself and finding somewhere that my work fits in is the challenging part. I’m committed to staying true to myself and not manipulating my work in order to fit some conventional ideal or to make it more easily digestible for the common person. I think a select group of people among the whole population would really get my work, so I’m on the journey of finding all of them 🙂

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When visiting Atlanta you’d definitely have to go to the High museum and the botanical gardens. Cafe Intermezzo is a great cozy spot to chill with some tea and cake. Cafe Sunflower and R. Thomas are my fav restaurants with the best food. I also love going to the many bubble tea cafes in Doraville. If not there then I’’d go to Sweet Hut in midtown for bubble tea or Momo cafe for quality food and drinks. Stone Mountain would be a great day trip for amazing hiking and views. I recommend hiking up and taking the lift down. The Goat Farm is like a little country oasis in the middle of the city so I like to chill there and do some work in the peace and quiet. Walking on the beltline in good weather is always a nice time.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
All of my friends and family are my number one fans and supporters that are always there for me. As an artist it’s easy to feel like all of your efforts go unappreciated at times, but I can rely on my friends to understand and love the work that I make and that is enough.

Website: Www.artbyanz.com

Instagram: @wildlife_anzlie

Youtube: Anzlie TV

Image Credits
Megan Mer “Bug”

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