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

Hi Nailah, what principle do you value most?
Creating artwork that illustrates a consciousness. I always want to deliver and create a painting that truly speaks to my audience or client. I want my artwork to add value to their space and evoke a feeling on contentment. I work hard to achieve that for every single client.

Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I believe what sets me apart from others is my passion and dedication to perfectionism in my art. I eventually have to just stop myself from working on pieces once they are “done” because if not, I will continue to work on them forever. And I mean, forever. I have a problem… lol. To be honest, I am still overcoming challenges and working out the kinks. The road to being a successful artist is not an easy one. One minute you can be selling artwork like crazy and then the next, you have a dry spell up until you get to a certain point. Then you’re just always busy.

I want the world to know that I was put on this earth to create beautiful things and to simply use me.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If a friend came to visit me, we’d hit up all of the local restaurants in Old Fourth Ward, hit up the rooftop at Ponce City Market along with another rooftop that I refuse to share because then everyone will know about it, rent bikes and ride them on the Beltline, hit up Little Five Points, and go walk some trails. We’d also rent a boat and at Lake Allatoona and have an evening at Piedmont Park. If they were interested, we’d of course also visit The High Museum.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to anyone who has ever called me or wrote me to tell me I am doing a good job or that I inspire them. Your belief in me keeps me going on the days I simply can’t.

Website: www.iamnailahd.com

Instagram: instagram.com/iamnailahd

Image Credits
The photograph of me was taken by Brinson & Banks.

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