Name: Mahala Preudhomme (Owner of Preudhomme Art & Design)
Location: NC, Los Angeles, CA, & Houston, TX
Bio: Mahala Preudhomme is an artist based out of several locations in the United States. Artist Mahala specializes in erotic and portrait art. Her major influences include sexuality and her experiences throughout life. Mahala has a distinctive style with harsh brush strokes making her art stand out from most. Furthermore Mahala uses bright, vibrant colors. These influences come from her Caribbean roots and her outlook on life. Mahala believes that art can change the world. Her goal is to showcase her art all over the world through murals, paintings, classes, and hands on activities.
Social Media: IG @preudhommeart
Describe your experience as a current as an artist.
I am currently a full time artist. I have been pursuing art for a little over two years. Honestly, before art saved me I was a lost college student. Once I started drawing I got a sense of direction for my life and everything fell into place. My purpose as an artist is definitely to help bring awareness to people who are unaware, or unexposed to individuality.
What was your occupation/education prior to becoming an artist?
Before I was a full time artist I worked at different restaurants as a server. I haven’t served in a few years. I knew the second I started selling artwork I didn’t want to work under or for corporate America. I saw the power in making your own money, on your own terms, on your own time, so shortly after I started selling art I made a jump to quit one job, then the other. When you really want something, or really don’t want to do something you will find away to make things work.
What has been your biggest challenge/obstacle in pursuing art?
My biggest obstacle in pursuing art would be becoming a full time artist. Once art is your only income you’re in a constant battle between creating what you love and possibly not making rent, or painting what everyone will buy, but not loving what you paint. It’s truly a challenge. I still battle with this every day.
Describe your biggest milestone or project/series achieved since pursuing your art?
My biggest milestone or achievement in my art career was throwing my first show with 30 artists by myself. I had never thrown a show before and I did it in my hometown neighborhood so this was extremely emotional for me. It also was a huge success, it surpassed my expectations. I am now able to apply everything I’ve learned from organizing this show into my daily life. The show really tested my limits and I now know what I am capable of.
How does your personal style and identity translate into your artwork?
My personal style and identity translate throughout all of my pieces. I believe in freedom within your mind, soul, and body so I try my best to showcase this within all my pieces. I also believe a lot of women are conditioned to hide their bodies, so I try to express a sense of freedom within the body in my work. All my work aligns with my values and morals in life.
What is your favorite art technique and why?
My favorite art technique would probably be the grid method when starting paintings. In high school one of my art teachers insisted on us gridding out everything, its only ironic because I hated it back then, but now I see the importance of it. There’s also quicker ways than doing the grid method, however it’s made me learn to be patient and take my time while creating.
How do you maintain your mental health and inspiration?
Maintaining your mental health and inspiration as an artist is one of the simplest and most complicated things in the world to do. The most important thing is really staying true to who you are and what you enjoy doing. Staying physically healthy is important to.
What is some advice or tips you would give to a fellow BGWP interested in furthering their art goals and/or business?
My advice or tips for any women of color pursing art would be to remember that you are capable of anything and everything. See everything through, and never give up.
What is next for you?
What’s next? I really want to take a break from painting as much and take some time to travel, explore, and love. I think my life is in need of new experiences. I want to travel internationally this year and really bring all my experiences back into my artwork.
What does being a "black girl who paints" means to you?
Being a black girl who paints means EVERYTHING to me. I think being a black female who creates will change the future.