We had the good fortune of connecting with Maya Cole and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maya, why did you pursue a creative career?
I’ve always had a liking for the arts whether it was dancing or playing an instrument. Deciding to become a painter was something that naturally spoke to me and just felt right.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I began painting around the start of quarantine (April 2020). I woke up one day with the desire to purchase a painting kit, so I did. After my purchase, I came across multiple Bob Ross references and thought “this has to be a sign.” Even a video from Tabitha Brown saying, “honey if you think about that thing more than two times a day, you supposed to do something with it.” Learning to paint was on my mind 24/7. I had no prior thoughts of becoming an artist, I didn’t even think I would be good but my gifts have made room for me. I’ll admit, it hasn’t been easy but I love what I do. I’m still in the starter stages but painting has already taught me a great deal about patience, the beauty in making errors, and to embrace failing.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
A weekend trip in Chicago, IL would start with going to a pop up art gallery on Friday night at Roosevelt Collection. There’s live music, free drinks, and an amazing line up. On Saturday, we’d go to brunch at 80 Proof, take an intermission (nap time) and end the night at Persona Saturdays. On Sunday, we’d go to the rooftop bar, London House. 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’d first like to shoutout God. Second shoutout is to my ma, Shellie for always being the first person to show off any of my paintings with a huge smile. I love hearing her say she’s proud of something I created. That means a whole lot. Lastly, shoutout to everyone who has supported me along the way.