Tell us who you are and what you do!
My name is Corey and I’m a self taught artist. I’m originally from Pine Bluff, Arkansas (Stank City) where I was born and raised. I’ve been creating art since childhood and use multiple art forms such as sketching, painting, poetry, crafts, and digital art. My sister, Olliesia and I started a business called Infinite Life Creations. I watched my grandparents run their businesses while growing up and it motivated me to create my own business.
Since starting Infinite Life Creations, I’ve been creating custom commissioned pieces of art for customers such as designing logos, paintings, and graphic art. I’m always looking for new projects to create. Every design has offered me better insight on what to use in the next design.
My future goal is to continue to expand Infinite Life Creations. I will continue to perfect my craft as well. As the business grows I hope to create an opportunity for other artists who want to go deeper in their craft as well to join me. I know that I’m a bridge builder for the next generation. I want to show people that we are all unique and can do what we love as careers.
What is the inspiration for your work?
The inspiration for my work has a lot to do with loving myself fully. There was a time in my life where I didn’t love myself and tried to be someone else. Despite that dark time, I always loved creating art no matter the circumstance. I truly fell in love with myself while rediscovering my purpose, which is to create dope artwork!
My artwork has a lot of themes but they all can mainly be referenced back to African or Black cultured art. I have my own style that crosses between animated and realistic. I also utilize abstract cartoon styles that focus more on exaggerated features. I love including black women in my artwork the most because I view them as the goddesses of this world. All women are beautiful, but there is nothing like a black woman. I enjoy creating art that highlights them as queens and black men as kings. What I like most about my artwork are different uses of bold colors. I feel that color plays a large part in evoking certain moods and highlighting key features in my work.
My creativity is limitless, so I wield multiple mediums and styles that help bring my artwork to life. While painting I love using acrylic, airbrushing paint, and oil. I like acrylic the most because I’ve had the most practice with it. I sketch some ideas before bringing them over to a canvas or digitally for graphic art. Sketches always help me practice when I’m not able to paint or work on my digital art. My graphic art is also fun to use because I get to create multiple variations of the same design. Airbrushing is still something new that I’m testing out but it’s definitely fun to use.
I desire to inspire others to find their own purposes if they don’t know it already. I want others to learn to love themselves enough to enjoy being unique and not the carbon copy that society wants them to be. Success is not about how much money you have, but the life you live and will be remembered by.
What would you say to prevent an upcoming artist from making the same mistakes you have made?
Make sure you continue to create artwork for yourself and protect your time! While creating commissioned pieces I’ve learned to always continue to work on my own projects. Also, be sure to collect some form of payment before starting a project. I’ve watched too many people get burned. They never got paid and were stuck with artwork. I learned all of this from watching friends before me.
What obstacles have you faced as a Black Artist/Business Owner?
The biggest obstacle I’ve faced is dealing with “time wasters”. They will try to get artwork for free or offer some ridiculous deal that doesn’t benefit the artist at all. As an artist you will always come across people that don’t respect you, your time, or your craft. I’ve dealt with time wasters by always being respectful, but also standing firm with my prices.