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Art By TheArtKing "All Real Things..."

Military Veteran, Art creator, Jeweler, copper enthusiast, and more, he went from sacrificing his life to protect the United States of America to gracing homes, businesses, and hearts with his passion for creativity, style, and his pursuit for greatness. The world of Art is blessed to have the presence of a man not only of good character and leadership but of a skill set that is rarely recognized while the person is still with us.


Often, most artists are invisible until after they transition from the earthly world to beyond. We See You Shining wants to give this artist his flowers while he is on earth to enjoy them.


Take this moment with me to recognize this creative being that goes by the nickname of Art and see how his journey began and where he sees it going.



We See You Shining:

What is your real name and nickname?

ART:

My real name is Arthur Perkins, no middle name. I go by Art, which means All Real Things. An amazing friend of mine gave me the abbreviation.

We See You Shining:

When I was younger, it always seemed weird when people didn't have a middle name, but as I get older, I love being weird, so no middle name is pretty normal, I guess. [laughs] It's also very original of your friend to incorporate your gift into your nickname. I love acronym nicknames.

At what age did you decide you wanted to be an artist?

ART:

[Laughs} You know I love being weird as well, so no middle name fits me.

I knew art was for me when I was around 10 years old. I loved the way an image would come together as I was drawing it.

We See You Shining:

Since becoming an artist, can you see yourself doing anything else?

ART:

I can see myself doing many things, but art is a passion that will always be there. It's my stepping stone to my greatness.

We See You Shining:

Yes, I see that as well. Your commissions are incredible, and your realism art is impeccable. You are indeed on your stepping stone to greatness.

Do you have any hobbies or do anything besides create art?

ART:

Besides art, I create handmade jewelry, and I also work with a black-owned business where we maKe handmade copper jewelry. I also enjoy studying healing stones/crystals, and I love being out in nature.

We See You Shining:

What's your tip or the best way you maintain a life/work balance? Do you struggle with it? When do you know you lack balance?

ART:

My best tip for a good life/work balance is never to rush your creativity. To me, creativity has a flow to it. I may go a couple of months without painting, then crush 4 or 5 works of art in a row. Life will always happen, but it's up to you to decide how you respond. Onward and upward.

We See You Shining:

Has there been a specific time that you recall wanting your voice heard? Did you express it through your art?

ART:

It was 2011 when I decided that I wanted to be heard, and my art was the perfect vessel to do so.

We See You Shining:

Art is always an excellent way to be heard inaudibly. I think your voice is being heard through your art, and as the readers read on and view your work, they will hear it as well.

Do you have a network of other artists you rely on - and what do you do to support each other?

ART:

Thank you very much. I do my best to be true to my spiritual guidance and staying me unapologetically.

I have a network of artists that I learn from, and we are always creating opportunities for each other whenever we have a chance. I've been in a music video, showcased at an art gallery, even a brand ambassador of an up-and-coming clothing line. I surround myself with other creatives, and the love is genuine.

We See You Shining:

Do you have long-term goals? Are they written down or how do you revisit them and make sure you are moving along that path?

ART:

I do have long-term goals that include me being in the position to invest in other creatives. I have multiple journals that I constantly add to because over the last 2 years, the goals that I thought to be long-term were accomplished. So I continue to build, continue to evolve.

We See You Shining:

What's your most significant barrier to being an artist? How do you address it?

ART:

My most significant barrier is only myself. I compete with myself. I want to be the best...I AM THE VERY BEST at what I do. And I say that with zero arrogance. It's a mindset and a belief that anyone can adopt.

We See You Shining:

Said very wisely, we are often our own best or worst enemies. There is a sense of peace and growth in knowing we are only trying to better ourselves against our own work/creations.

Who do you partner with to achieve your goals? Is it a formal network/agreement or fluid/organic?

ART:

It's not so much a partnership but a friendship. The individuals I deal with honestly want to see me win, and I want to see them succeed as well.

We See You Shining:

Have you ever said 'no' to an opportunity? How did you decide to say no? What made you choose to say no?

ART:

As of yet, there has been no opportunity that I have turned down concerning art. I think the reason is that I don't like to move in fear. On the other hand, some opportunities have seemed way too big for me until it was completed.

We See You Shining:

Do you have a favorite artist, and if so, how have they inspired you?

ART:

My favorite artist is Kevin A. Williams. Watching his style and technique in his paintings has inspired me to push harder and dig deeper to not just paint but to paint with meaning and purpose.

We See You Shining:

Kevin A. Williams, ok, I have to check him out, and I encourage the readers to as well.

How do you determine what to charge for your art or services?

ART:

I usually charge my work or commission by size and medium. For example, 16x20 framed pastel drawing would be between $150 to $250


We See You Shining:

What is your favorite style of art to create?


ART:

My favorite style is figurative art, specifically, black men and women. I am depicting the strength, the power, the curves, the absolute beauty of black people.

We See You Shining:

I thought that because it shows in your work. The forms, silhouettes, and depth of colors speak a ton.

Is any of your art in a gallery? If so, what is the name?

ART:

Yes. My art is currently on display at Gallery on Main 100 S Main St, High Point, North Carolina 27260. I encourage all to stop by.

We See You Shining:

Ok, readers, show Art some love at Gallery on Main, where he has his beautiful work on display for viewing and purchase.

Do you work on a lot of commission pieces?

ART:

Commissions have picked up a lot lately, for which I am always grateful. The idea that someone looks at my art and wants it in their home is still so amazing to me.

We See You Shining:

How did you set your current rates?

ART:

My rates these days are set on how much time I have available and the size. The bigger the size, the less time I have to take on other commissions, which will ultimately affect the rate.

We See You Shining:

How do you cultivate your audience?

ART:

To be honest, I don't think I cultivate my audience. I paint what is beautiful to me, and other people gravitate to it.

We See You Shining:

Indeed, like energies attract, meaning greatness attracts greatness.

When do you love creating the most?

ART:

I am a night owl; most of my work is created late evenings. However, it also depends on how I feel. I have had paint sessions last 4 hours, and other times last 12 hours.

We See You Shining:

Do you feel that the art community has challenges, barriers, and assumptions?

ART:

There may be some challenges but nothing that can't be overcome. It's all about your focus and what you want. How determined are you to get to where you want to be.

We See You Shining:

Is there something you do today that you wished you had known to do years ago?

ART:

Not at all. Life is an amazing journey that takes many paths to learn lessons and grow. I wouldn't be the man I am today had I not learned those lessons in the exact way that I did.

We See You Shining:

When the above question was posed to a fellow creative, he stated the same thing. It is so empowering when you are not defined by your past nor shackled to moments in time that were meant to teach us growth. I've heard it said it's ok for everyone to have a bad day, just don't allow a day to become a bad lifetime.

Are your goals driving you towards money and fame?

ART:

Money and fame, maybe. But when you move in, your purpose and ambition, money and sometimes fame, is a by-product.

We See You Shining:

Another jewel dropped.

What does generosity mean to you as an artist? How do you emulate this?

ART:

Generosity to me means being grateful for where you are in life and building on it, so you can help others do the same. We all are meant to be great in our own way.

We See You Shining:

The joy I feel in giving is unmeasurable, so I relate to everything you are saying.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

ART:

In 5 years, I see myself in my own art gallery, a world-renowned artist. I see myself as I see myself now...TheArtKing

We See You Shining:

Art, I greatly appreciate you giving me your time and eclectic energy in this interview, and We See You Shining sees you only going up from here.



We See You Shining:

There you have it in a nutshell. TheArtKing has let us know how it started, where it is and where it's going. I will be keeping a close eye on this dynamic artist, as should you, and don't forget to check his work out at Gallery on Main, 100 S. Main St., High Point, NC 27260


He can personally be contacted at:

Instagram: @artbyartking

Twitter: @artbyart1














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