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Today we’d like to introduce you to Snot S.

Hi Snot, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I’ve always been a creative individual. Ever since I can remember, I was always drawing, painting, or participating in some sort of crafting activity. The older I got, the more I realized my dream job was to be an artist and to make art, that was truly the only thing I ever wanted to do and still is. I’d say I’ve gotten more serious about it within the past four years with participating in more events around Texas, taking commission work, selling prints and stickers of my work, and painting murals. It’s taken and still is taking a lot of hard work, socializing, and sleepless nights but I enjoy what I do and the pay off will be worth it.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Absolutely not. It’s still not smooth and I’ve lived here for three years. Moving to Austin, Texas was a huge culture shock for me as a person of color. I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas and lived in Houston, Texas for five years so going from living in two cities that were very diverse to moving to Austin, Texas which is a predominately white city was challenging. The art scene is Austin is very big but the hard truth is that it’s not very inclusive and welcoming for smaller artists especially those of color. I think a lot of people peg Austin as progressive which in a sense it is but upon closer observation poc still get pushed out and have to work ten times harder to “earn a spot” here. Most of the events and art communities I’m more involved in are those in San Antonio. I am hopeful to become more well-known and acknowledged in Austin as an artist and hopefully able to have more mural and show opportunities here.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
My work ranges anywhere from acrylic painting portraits of loved ones, fun and colorful digital illustration, murals, and unique plant pots! I’m mostly known for my portraits which I’m very proud of! There’s something about capturing that look in someone’s eyes through a painting in a way that my clients will be able to look at and feel nostalgic and feel a familiar warmth. I’m very proud of all my work though truly, anything I put out I’m confident in! I love making things that are colorful and loud, it’s who I am as a person and that really sets my work apart.

Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
There’s something to learn and to take from every experience. What has worked well for me is looking at the positive side of things. If an event doesn’t go as planned, an art piece doesn’t come out the way I wanted to, there’s always something to take from, look at, and learn from. Try not to be hard on yourself, everyone has their own path and their own pace in life working towards the goals they’ve set and it’s not always going to be easy.

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Sitting Portrait taken by: Wilbert Wright @blacktographyx on Instagram All other photos taken by Sarah Frances Koehn @sfrancesx on Instagram

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