We had the good fortune of connecting with Reyna Noriega and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Reyna, why did you pursue a creative career?
It fills me. My whole life, anytime I was doing something creative or around that environment, it filled me with so much joy and peace and fueled my dreams all at once. Naturally I gravitated towards it. Not as a career at first but I was freelancing on the side, going to art events with friends on the weekends. Over time I met more people I got more comfortable with my skills. I enjoyed the feeling of helping people bring their visions to life.
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.
My art is an extension of me. It was important for me to create a world with imagery that made me feel hopeful, confident and at peace so I include all those elements in my work. Getting to that point took a lot of work just diving into myself, facing demons, overcoming trauma. It brought me to a place of self acceptance and assuredness that allowed me to show up fully as myself, and to give my work the opportunity to do the same. Once I found that place of peace and happiness it became important to me that I help others do the same through my art and my writing.
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?
I have the most fun when I am in beautiful places, eating well, or surrounded by art. When in Atlanta I love to visit Stone Mountain, as the terrain Is so different from anything I can see in Miami. Between that and the Botanical Garden, that covers the nature sightseeing urge. Six Flags over Georgia for some thrills, The Georgia Aquarium, and my favorite museums are the High Museum of Art and the Center for Civil and Human Rights. One of my favorite restaurants is the Busy Bee Cafe and I still have tons more to explore!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
It takes a village and I am nothing without my community. Everything I have accomplished today is thanks to the love and support of those around me. My parents have always supported my dreams and encouraged them, and I know how rare that can be for someone who has aspirations to be an entrepreneur, a creative, or to do something that has never been done before. Later in life as I learned to navigate friendships better, how to be a better friend and surround myself with better people, I found myself in circles that felt like family where the love and support was authentic, where people would bring my name into rooms I had not yet entered. Some books that have also been enlightening with guidance have been the War of Art by Steven Pressfield, Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon, and The Alchemist by Paolo Coehlo.
Photo 2: Rancel Lopez Photo 3: Valentina Perez