We had the good fortune of connecting with Darnell Johnson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Darnell, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I believe that I was given a gift to make art. To visually communicate stories to inspire and encourage people. I was aware that my passion for art would require a lot of my time. It was in high school I discovered ways to actually make a living creating art. I also wanted to pursue a career that I enjoyed getting up every morning to do while serving others.Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
You must have a passion and a calling to create art. Or in my case to be an illustrator and story artist. The road has not been easy, nor would I want it to be. It’s in the valleys and trails that I learned from and grew into the artist I am today. Married with a child and twins on the way. God has been faithful and shown favor to me in my career. Things are starting to pick up more, allowing me to pursue this fulltime. I aim to visually tell stories of truth, love, action, comedy, joy, adventure and wonder.If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When its warm. I enjoy checking out the state parks around Georgia. From hiking, swimming to camping which I’m excited to do with my family once the kids are old enough. I also enjoy hanging out at pounce city market and exploring the city by foot or biking.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 thank my wife Cherkeia C. Johnson who supports and believes in me everyday through the ups and downs of my career. Also my mother Debra S. Johnson for making the moves when I was a child to help nurture my gift. Thank you to my sisters Deidra and Desiree Johnson for their support and encouragement. And to my art teachers, clients, mentors, and colleagues for believing in me and working with me.