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Art & Life with Truth Thomas

Today we’d like to introduce you to Truth Thomas.

Truth, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I don’t think mine is very unique, haha, but I used to copy panels from Archie comics when I was little, and then that grew into a passion in middle school. At that time I would draw and sketch out different characters that I made up in my head. Once I got into high school, I realized that art was something that I wanted to spend my life doing, so I began taking art classes to brush up on my technical work. In high school, I won four regional medals at VASE, which is a visual arts competition, as well as a first prize ribbon for the Rodeo art show. I am now at the University of Houston pursuing a degree in General Arts, but I still see how life goes.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I do a lot of drawing, which is pencil work and pen work. My art is in a very messy kind of style, so now with my pencil shading I don’t do a lot of blending anymore, and with my pen work I scribble a lot, and I used to do a bunch of stippling, which is using dots to add value. I just really like the traditional kind of techniques and like the way it can just seem out of control, but in reality, it’s an organized disorganization. I hope people see through my art that I’m still trying to figure life out, that though it may seem like I’ve got everything down, really I’m still trying to figure myself out, and it helps because I also model too, so everything is just like self-discovery in a way. My artwork is an expression of my interests and my experiences as a girl and also something that maybe can resonate with people like me.

Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
I think while society as a whole has become more open about different kinds of art, it is still very hard for artists to be taken seriously, and that many people overlook or underestimate our art’s value. Cities like Houston should promote more local artists and stuff like that, and I think they’re doing a pretty good job, but we as a whole need to work together if we want to become an art hub kind of city.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I haven’t had my work up in any art shows or displays as of now, but if you catch me at UH, you might see me working on some. If anyone wants to support me, I have a couple of prints that I’m selling!

Contact Info:

  • Email: truththomas28@gmail.com
  • Instagram: truth.reign
  • Twitter: creolity

Image Credit:
Personal photo by Cary Fagan

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