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FEATURES Oct 23 2012 1:10AM
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Artist Creates Naturally Beautiful Little Girls in Drawing


Artist Keturah Ariel chatted with TM.com about her recent project, which celebrates the idea that black girls come in all shades, as well as some of her inspiration.

1. When did you begin drawing?

I began drawing pretty much right out of the womb. As a small child, I was homeschooled by my mother so the arts were instilled in me very early on. I have actual drawings dating back to when I was 2-3 yrs old. It has always been very much a part of who I am.

2. How did the project with the four little girls come into being?

The project was a commissioned piece. A client (www.watermeloneggrolls.com) approached me about her multi-racial daughter having a difficulty understanding race/color so she wanted a piece based on that concept...the idea that black girls come in different shades. I was happy to do this piece and thought It was a great idea.

3. Were you inspired at all by the natural hair that many women have come to embrace over the years?

I have always been inspired by natural hair. Even before I became a born-again natural, I've always LOVED the look of large bold beautiful afros in paintings and photography. It's such a statement of strength and freedom. I even had an obsession with drawing Maxwell (the singer) back when he had the large fro. Lol.

4. Tell us a little bit about what inspires your work?

I believe everyone has a purpose in life...some spend their entire existence trying to figure it out. I am blessed enough to be given this gift.  In art school I had a body of work based on beauty, self-image and reflection. It’s funny now realizing I’m back in that place dealing with that exact issue and I embrace it. My inspirations come from everything I see beauty in: my family, music, nature, and most of all; knowing I’m here to do exactly what I am doing.

5. What are you working on next, and where can people check out more of your work and send inquiries?
 
Those interested can check out more of my work or contact me at keturahariel.com.  I’m illustrating a few children's books and also continuing my series of children paintings, since these were so well received. I appreciate Carol’s Daughter’s Transitioning Movement for this interview and for supporting my work.

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