We had the good fortune of connecting with Zandra Solomon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Zandra, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I decided to pursue an artistic career after serving 8 years in the US Navy. During my time in service, having accumulated a multitude of experiences, my view of life became much more delicate. I suddenly had a burning desire to be free and creative- the complete opposite of military standards.
I began to study Law of Attraction and Manifestation. Having began my spiritual journey, I was intrigued about how I could take what I was learning and use it in a creative space.
Now as I live my life as a full time artist I can say that I have never been more free. I am able to work on my spiritual growth and allow it to manifest through my work.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My artwork is healing. My artwork is a breathing concept; everything that I am and that I become- is in my work. As I learn to heal myself with crystals, I incorporate them into my pieces. As I cleanse myself, I cleanse my work. As I learn new and exciting ways to manifest, I find ways to incorporate manifestation into my concepts.
With combinations of acrylic, oils, quartz crystals, some digital design, and glass I am able to create individual experiences for my collectors. Each piece shows up in its own unique way.
I got where I am today by failing a LOT. There was a time where everything that I created was thrown away. Years later, I visited my mother’s home and every single piece that I had discarded was hanging up throughout her home. Initially, I was horrified! I asked my mother why she would display such horrible paintings and I will never forget her response: “Because you made them. You may not like it but I think that they are all beautiful. I took them out of the trash.” This was the seed that I needed. It was then that I realized that if I do not keep creating, I will never get better. I will always be stuck at the level of my last creation. I also realized that at each step of my processes, there is someone somewhere that is able to connect with my work; even if that person is my mother, I am grateful.
I also like to connect with my collectors on a more personal level through my YouTube channel. Youtube is the platform that I use to create conversations with my collectors, friends, and strangers that are interested in learning about manifestation in fun and creative ways.
I want the world to know that we are all master creators and manifestors. Everything that we experience in our lives today are the result of the thoughts that we had yesterday.
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?
Exploring the Atlanta is such a fun experience. There is always so much to get into.
If you have fallen in love with the movie Love Jones like I have, then you will enjoy The Love Below. The Love Below is a speakeasy that is hidden in plain sight. It is a beautiful space for poets, singers, and performers. There is indoor and outdoor seating, which is perfect for a date night.
Tassili’s is a raw vegan restaurant that I recommend vegans and non-vegans alike to try. Their food is electric. They serve amazing seaweed wraps that will take any grown man a few sittings to complete.
The Healing Environment is a one stop shop for wellness. They host Reiki Practitioners, breathwork workshops, vision board parties, yoga sessions, and so much more. It is an amazing place for friends.
Lastly, The Honey Pot is a great place for an energy boost. They host events often that include: free crystal sound baths, meditation sessions, Aura photography and art expos.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am filled with gratitude. I am constantly being supported and motivated by my friends and family.
I was fortunate to have started with a great foundation. My parents, Zandra Solomon and Shell Virden, created a space that has allowed me to pursue a life beyond the limitations of my environment. My brothers, Brennon, Alex and De’jhon, taught me resilience. My sister-in-law, Cheyenne, taught me how to be soft and nurturing. My friends, Jaron, Gerrell, Raven, Naeemah and Kayla encourage me to have fun in the pursuit of my dreams. My mentor, Iyanifa Osunbumi, keeps me in spiritual alignment. My ancestors, they keep me safe and clear. Ifa keeps me in good character.
I give thanks to everyone known and unknown to me that have contributed to my growth in some way. I love you.
Other: Check out my manifestation journals here: https://www.amazon.com/Attract-Love-Manifestation-Journal-manifesting/dp/B09V7MZSDZ/ref=sr_1_1?qid=1647978040&refinements=p_27%3AZandra+S.+Solomon&s=books&sr=1-1&text=Zandra+S.+Solomon