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

Hi Delvia, why did you pursue a creative career?
Being an artist was not in my career plan.  Although I had always been creative in drawing and sketching, I didn’t intentionally pursue this creative career, it pursued me.  In 2004, I was going through a rough marriage that ended in divorce.  And during that time I started creating my art as an outlet and stress reliever.  And through my emotions came works of art.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?

I am a self-taught visual artist born in Washington, D.C.  I consider myself to be an emotional artist…which means, I use art as a form of mental therapy.
My artworks consist of a combination of graphic drawings and acrylic created on canvas and various other forms to create an explosion of color, boldness and eye-catching art.
I started creating in 2004 and my first professional artist career started two years later in 2006 when I met a woman who was the director of the Maryland State Art Council.  I was then commissioned to create six art pieces and was offered my first solo exhibit.   Aside from that, I’ve done several local art shows and a few book covers.

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?
First, I would like to thank my mother, Gwen Wilder who has always believed in me and supported my life decisions no matter how rough the road ahead became.  Secondly, I’d like to express thanks to my family and closest friends who have made their presence known and supported me during my creative journey.  And most of all, I would love to thank my daughters Tytiana and Kayla, who have grown to be young successful women.  My daughters are my biggest supporters and I’ve learned so much by watching them. They have inspired me to be more creative and to come out from behind the canvas!

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