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

Hi malcolm, other than deciding to work for yourself, what else do you think played a pivotal role in your story?
While developing as a business owner, is it important to understand that your mind has to be in sync with your goals. Shifting my thought process to align with my goals was a necessary change & a humbling choice to make. It was humbling to know that making such a decision to step into the mind of a successful business owner would open my eyes to understanding that there is much time & significant effort needed for entrepreneurship. Allowing my personal wants & needs to take a back seat to my development as a business owner has opened doors for new lessons & unexpected opportunities. The level of patience and professionalism that is needed for individuals rather than an entire entity are on opposite ends of the entrepreneur’s spectrum. As an individual, there’s been plenty of instances that have been less than satisfactory, as I have wanted to stop creating and walk away from what I’ve built. However, the joy and clarity that graffiti brings are profound when speaking about the growth of my character and business. Growth happens when you least expect it – a bad review or someone with nothing nice to say during an experience is definitely a way to test a person’s fortitude. I’ve come to accept that there will be more important decisions to be made as well as me being open to more growth, personally and professionally. I’m welcoming all chances for me to grow in ways I haven’t noticed before. There’s an African proverb that says, “Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” It’s the hard knocks in life that soften our rough edges and shape us into something more refined and resilient. Shrinking in the face of adversity is easy but never the answer. Harness your power to rise up!

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.
Being a creator has not been the easiest road. My art reflects my history, what I aspire to be and accomplish, and the mental space regarding daily struggles. Creating art that’s expressive of my POV has been a transformative tool I nurtured. My younger years were filled with difficult times communicating and fitting in; art gave me gratification in showing myself to others. Art is a comfort for some unpleasant moments we all face in life. As an introvert and being considered socially awkward, my life has been a journey of fusing my life with art. Through visual art, I experience the world knowing the best parts of me (at the moment of creation) are transferred into influences. I have a multitude of thoughts and inspirations I’m excited to display. My skills and mediums are growing daily with every new experience and the creative possibility is endless!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The process and skills I have experienced and gained in the years at the University of West Georgia really launched me forward, with my mother by my side the entire way. While UWG was a great place to explore my creativity with the various outlets that were offered, having the support of my mother, Dawn Winters, is what helped me stay focused and motivated. I have to say I wouldn’t be here in this position without her; the greatest person to admire and aspire to make proud. Oh… and the university environment of course.

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