We had the good fortune of connecting with Gabrielle Fisher and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gabrielle, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind my success is definitely my support system. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the unconditional love I receive from my friends, family, and most importantly God. All the people in my life motivate me to be a better version of myself, but my parents and brother play an extra special role. They’re there for all the brainstorming, sleepless nights, when I doubt myself etc. They remind me why I do what I do and for that I’m forever grateful.
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.
Art for me isn’t just something I create, it’s a connection that takes place every time my brush hits the canvas. I’m a self-taught artist that’s been creating ever since I was a child but I started experimenting with paint during my junior year of high school and fell in love. Acrylic paint is the medium that I currently use and as of now I don’t have a specific “artist style.” For a while I struggled with my work because I would see other’s creations and see that they had a consistent theme, signature style etc. and then look at my work and see I didn’t have that. I was constantly trying to put myself in a box that I didn’t belong in and it began to hinder my creative capacity. I realized that what sets my art apart from others is my ability to be transparent. My brand “The Art of Gabrielle” is centered around my tagline, “where transparency meets creativity” because every body of work I create has a piece of me in it. I enjoy translating how I feel, things I think about, what I see etc. into something that’s open for individual interpretation. I typically create with an intended message but I love hearing other people’s perspective on my work even if their interpretation doesn’t align with mine. Art is subjective so I believe that being open to feedback enhances my work and connection with others. Throughout my artist journey I’ve learned the importance of patience. You don’t just become great overnight, it takes time, and practice so trusting the process is essential. Overall, I want people to know that no matter what your craft is, what your’e passionate about, make sure that you put your all into it and be the most authentic version of yourself.
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?
If I had a friend visiting the city we would do a variety of activities. I’m a sucker for brunch and bottomless mimosas and go almost every Sunday so trying to pick just one place is hard, but a few of my favorites include Breakfast at Barney’s, 10th & Piedmont, Rosie’s Cafe etc. If the weather’s nice we would hit The Beltline and ride scooters all the way near Krog Street to get a delicious smoothie bowl at Playa Bowls. Since I’m an artist it’s only right that we take a trip to The High Museum and check out the beautiful exhibits they have on display. For dinner we would probably go to Spice House or if we wanted an upscale, eye-catching environment go to The Garden Room then grab some dessert from Cafe Intermezzo or Jeni’s Ice Cream. If we wanted some night life action, we would take a trip to Buckhead and go to Lily’s Restaurant & Lounge or take a walk down Edgewood and stop at BQE restaurant & lounge for some good music, and vibes. Overall I love trying new things and hanging out at places that have great customer service, an inviting ambiance, and of course delicious food. If you’re in Atlanta and haven’t tried any of these places I mentioned I would definitely recommend you do so!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Absolutely! My shoutout goes to Diamond Bradley. A friend turned sister that was the first person to take a chance on me. Diamond and I met in 2018 while we were participating in the Miss Phi Beta Sigma Pageant at Georgia State University and we’ve been close ever since. Diamond is a curator and started her own brand, “The Primary Movement” which is a collective that allows creatives connect, promote, and showcase their talent. Diamond held one of her first events, “The Divine Feminine” which was created to highlight women’s creative contributions and once she found out that I was an artist she wasn’t taking “no” for an answer when she asked me to participate. I was extremely nervous about showcasing my art for the first time, but she constantly reminded me the importance of confidence and that I could do anything if I put my mind to it. After that event I hit the ground running. She held more shows that I participated in, presented me with opportunities, connected me with other creatives etc. I honestly don’t know where I would be if Diamond didn’t take a chance on me. She saw a light inside of me that needed to shine that I didn’t see in myself at the time and I’m so thankful. Diamond became the change she wanted to see and to this day her optimism and resilience inspire me. Growing isn’t an easy process ,but having someone like Diamond in my life makes it ten times easier. Diamond if you’re reading this I love you sis. I know I say it all the time but I’ll say it until I’m blue in the face, thank you for simply just being you. You will always have a special place in my heart.
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