We had the good fortune of connecting with Madison Cromley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Madison, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Being that risk is so deeply integrated in both business and the creative process, running my own art business is filled with opportunities to jump into the unknown, which I love! I’ve seen time and time again the ways that risk can lead to growth, so I try not to shy away from it. Creating art is a risk in itself, and each time I make a piece, I know there is no guarantee that it will sell or be well-received, which was a hard thing to grasp at the beginning of my career. As time goes on, I’ve found so much joy in taking those creative risks because it leads to my most genuine work, and when someone connects with a piece that feels like an outflow of myself, I get to experience the way that art truly unites people!
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 a mixed media artist, so I love working in acrylic, graphite, watercolor, pastels, and more! Because these mediums offer different aesthetics, much of my artwork juxtaposes traditional elements with modern components. Growing up, I loved realism, and I found myself drawing people and food in great detail. When I chose to study Studio Art at Auburn, my professors really challenged me to loosen up and explore with mark-making. Now, combining those different techniques shapes my work. It has taken me a lot of time and practice to figure out how to make art that feels true to myself, and while the style and subject matter may be ever-evolving, I know it will always be rooted in the beautiful concept of grace, which fuels my process in every way. Ultimately, I aim for my art to be both approachable and lovely. Much of the time, lovely things can feel untouchable, but I believe true beauty welcomes us in, so I want my art to reflect that.
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?
Thank goodness they’re in town for a week, because we’ll need it! Atlanta is one of my favorite cities in the world. We would have to go on many walks throughout the city, starting in Piedmont park, working our way down the belt line, and into the more residential parts of midtown, checking out the charming houses and sweet neighbors out on their daily strolls. I’d love to take a friend to whatever concert was happening that week — there are so many amazing venues in Atlanta that I love! When it comes to food, I’m not sure where to begin! Lunch at Henris Bakery, dinner at Antico Pizza Napoletana (get the diavola of course!), and ice cream at Jeni’s. Chai Pani in Decatur, Little Bangkok for Thai Food, Chongqing Hot Pot for Chinese food, and Forza Storico for the best outdoor dining!! We’d definitely eat our way through the city.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Where do I even begin! Truly, my art business would not exist if it weren’t for the encouragement and support of my friends and family. For the longest time, every piece of art that I sold was to them, and that really gave me the courage to keep going. Running a business is challenging, but I praise God every day for the support system He has provided me with. My husband has been such an encourager to me and listens to me ramble on about all of the inspiration that fuels my art, different things I’m learning in business, all the dreams I have, and the list goes on. He believes in me even when I don’t, and that has kept me going through so many phases of questioning! My parents are also my personal business hotline and I wouldn’t have been able to take this leap into the art world if it weren’t for them!
Margaret Kent @kentcollective_