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Name: Angel Renee, artistically known as Ratikama Works LLC 

Location: Atlanta, GA

Bio: Angel Renee is a 27 years old. I was Born of Clearwater, FL, Angel Renee is a 27 painter and mother of two. After moving to Atlanta, GA in 2010, Angel has been enjoying the fast lane life ever since. Her interests include creative arts, mathematics, science and activism. 

Social Media Handles: IG @ratikama_works_llc


Describe your experience as a current artist

My current experience as an artist includes live painting, hosting paint and sips and doing one on one art sessions. My primary medium of choice is acrylic, however, I am not terribly opposed to mixed mediums. I am transitioning into artistry full-time. As a Young adult I attended a Center for the Arts High School where I developed majority of my skillsets. I have been actively painting for a year and a half, after taking a 10 year hiatus. My Purpose as an artist is constantly in evolution. Initially I started to create again as a form of therapy. After working consistently for a year, I set out with a goal to create thought provoking works, and to inspire the viewer to create using the application of their own truths.

What was your occupation/education prior to becoming an artist? 

I have always enjoyed working with people. Since 2010, I have worked a large range of customer engagement positions including but not limited to Executive Escalations, Technical Support, Senior Assistance, Fuel Management and Software Sales. My Current position is in Software Sales and Management. I was prompted to pick up my paintbrush again after I revisited my hometown of Clearwater, Florida for the first time in 6 years back in 2016.

What was your biggest challenge in pursuing art and how did you overcome it? 

The biggest challenge I face as an artist is ofter over-criticizing my work, striving for perfection, and trying to properly translate what I see in my mind onto the canvas. With time and patience, I have learned to let go of the ideals preset about how my art should look, and create using solely the emotional aspects of myself. 

Describe your biggest milestone achieved since pursuing your art

My biggest milestone as an artist so far has been performing my very first live painting event for a crowd of 200 people. This was a significant milestone as an artist because prior to this event I had never finished any piece in one day, let alone three hours. It was both a challenging and very freeing experience. Working under the pressure allowed me to truly trust my instincts and create from the present. Since this experience I have learned to lean more on my instincts, using emotion and intuition to guide the works.

How does your personal style and identity translate into your artwork? 

My personal style is typically conveyed in the color combinations and through the subject matter. I often try to take a unique approach to traditional concepts, hints the logo "Painting with a Twist". As an Artist I strive to convey an honest an open image, that does not confine it's self to one "Truth". I desire for all of my viewers to be able to interpret the works' in their own way.

What is one thing that makes your art unique? 

One key Feature of my art is the often abnormal balance often found with in the piece. I enjoy creating abnormal balances and proportions. I find that using this technique makes it easier to capture the viewers attention.

What is your favorite art technique and why?

My favorite technique is Stippling. I began stippling before I entirely knew what it was. Instead of filling in the space with your typical shading I discovered that I could create a textured look but using dots! I also found it quite therapeutic as you could stipple for long periods of time with out ever really focusing on too many other things. This technique adds a sense of uniqueness to the canvas, which is why I have continued to use it. 

How do you maintain your mental health and inspiration?

Mental Health and Inspiration are two things that most people should make a lifetime commitment to maintain and balance. One of the ways I do a Mental Health Check is by creating and abiding by a schedule. I sit down every Sunday and plan out my week ahead, even down to what I will wear each day. I find that this helps to reduce stress and even ensures that I have a checklist for all my goals. To keep my spirits high I enjoy reading, looking at the work of other artists and exploring nature. 

What is some advice or tips you would give to a fellow BGWP interested in furthering their art goals and/or owning her own business? 

Some advice that I would give for my fellow BGWP is to work until you start to see results, and then work some more! Whenever you have an idea that pops into your mind, if you can, act on it right then and there. Do it! Write everything you want down and then devise a plan on how you can get it. And lastly, be positive everyday. Try to find the positive in every situation, this has been the most resourceful in keeping me moving forward. 

What’s next for you?

What's Next for Ratikama Works?  I am looking to build a community project in partnership with the local recreation centers to bring in youth for arts and crafts. I would also like to partner with local battered womens shelters to bring in "Paint and Sips". Ratikama Works LLC will fully launch in May of 2019. My business will bring a studio space and development platform to local artist looking to share their works with  a  larger audience.

What does being a "black girl who paints" mean to you?

I define the term BGWP as a group a beautiful women sharing their ideas and aspirations collectively. I believe it is a group that can help everyone grow their skill sets, and find support in pursing their hopes and dreams. For me personally, it means that I present myself with pride, unapologetically black and encourage the progress of the culture. 

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