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

Hi Creyauna, how do you think about risk?
I had to become very comfortable with being uncomfortable. Of all the trials Ive faced in life, they were only training grounds. Each trial was extremely uncomfortable but after while, discomfort began to feel normal to me, As if that’s what God was using to build and grow what was inside of me. Like a seed, needing both sunshine and rain. Light and darkness. I grew. Just as I am growing today in every risk that I take. Growth is not comfortable. Taking a risk is scary. But how would I ever know? If I had never painted for people like T.I, Monica, Kings of Comedy, such as George Lopez or Charlie Murphy or Cedric the Entertainer, etc. I had NO idea if I would actually even get to meet these people or even be in the same room. But each time, my gift spoke for me. My gift made room for me and truly brought me before great men, as it is currently doing. But I had to do the work first, with no guarantee that it would even bring about these present results. I’m learning that to truly walk by faith means to work as well. And to work as if what you truly believe in, will actually happen. Faith without works is truly dead. I show my faith by my works. See my great faith?

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m am most proud of how much I have overcome in my art and how much I have grown. My name as an artist continues to grow in ways I’m constantly amazed with! Professionally speaking, I put in so much time. There is SO much time consumed and work that goes on behind the scenes with creating art. Each piece has a chapter of my life included in each stroke you see. My pieces can take days, weeks and months to finish. You have to constantly motivate, encourage and inspire yourself to complete these pieces that you stare at for HOURS each day. It is far from easy. Super late nights in my home made studio painting, to having no weekends to relax. It can be empowering and mentally exhausting all at the same time and that is what makes my art so uniquely beautiful and priceless. Because with all that is seen in the finished result of each piece, it all just starts with a blank white canvas. I add the life to it.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
In my hometown Of Augusta, GA, some of my favorite places are not even “places”. I love going to the Hyatt near Farmhause Burgers on Wheeler Road. Here, you are able to see miles of the city. My favorite time to go is my birthday month of July. On the 4th, you can go here and see fireworks non stop and far away. I love going out there and just sitting and talking to God. Its like being on top of a mountain (in Augusta lol). Next stop would be, the roof top restaurant in North Augusta, SC. The sunset is amazing and the vibes are chill and a tad bit upscale. Then strolling downtown to the different shops and spots is always a go to at night.Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Truly God. And I don’t say this to be cliché. Where would I be? In Him we truly live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28). I truly do. By grace I’ve even been able to create what I have. Ofcourse I thank God for my brothers and sisters in Christ that continue to sharpen me as iron sharpens one another. That encourage me to keep persevering through disappointments or setbacks that truly come to show themselves as blessings in disguise in the long run. Other artist such as, Sue Tsai and Tiffanie Anderson are inspirations as well in how they bring their brand and the business of art forth in each one’s own unique way.

Website: creyauna.com

Instagram: @creyaunawillis

Twitter: @creyauna

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