We had the good fortune of connecting with Abby Bradford and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Abby, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
The most important lessons my career as a professional artist has taught me is you should always be learning and bettering yourself, there is always room for improvement. Surround yourself with other artist, aspirational role models, and individuals who want you to succeed and that you can share your struggles and wins with. It’s ok to fail, it gives you the chance to grow both personally and professionally. There is no better way to know what works than knowing what doesn’t, Don’t be afraid to do something out of your comfort zone and taking those risks! Create everyday! Even if it’s for 15 minutes, just show up!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I create abstract/realism portraits with pop art influences. My work involves using inks, acrylic, texture, spray paint, mark making and oils but I am always experiment and finding ways to push the envelope as an artist. I love blocking in with bright bold colors that will grab your attention from across the room. I got where I’m at today just by always reminding myself of what I want in life and going after those dreams no matter how hard it might be. Overcoming those negative thoughts that creep in and changing my way of thinking. it has not always been easy but even in those times I wanted to give up I didn’t because I know this is my passion in life and I continue to work hard at accomplishing all that I want for myself. I think it’s so important to have fun when creating and really find what you love to paint. Painting everyday and showing up even if you aren’t feeling like it is what I live by. I have been painting and drawing for over 10 years now and I was a self taught artist until I joined the Milan Art Institute in 2019 where my skills and confidence as an artist improved tremendously.I want my viewers to feel a sense of empowerment and confidence in being their true authentic selfs. Don’t be afraid to stand out and shine your light to the world.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take the best friend to old town Scottsdale, Phoenix Art Museum, Roosevelt row to check out all the art murals, shops and galleries, day trip to Sedona to check out all the shops. Some places to dine and drink at would be pizzeriabianco, hiddenhouseaz, bevvyoldtown, clever koi, AZ Chimney cakes for desert. I love the downtown scene and you could spend hours exploring and connect with a lot of cool interesting people.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family has been a huge support system for me and the Milan Art Institute
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