We had the good fortune of connecting with BILL_L47 and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi BILL_L47, what inspires you?
I’m inspired by healing . My path of healing through my life’s traumas and tribulations has inspired and driven me to the core of healing and that’s TRUTH . My work reflects many things going on in my life ( both past and present ) ,what’s going on in the world (both past a present) and bringing to light the truths and history of so many things we have been taught or know through systems that don’t have everyone’s best interest at heart . It’s not until the truth is seen and accepted that we as humans can start to heal . That’s both at a personal level, mental health level in our society . We have alot of bad teachings , habits and fears to break and let go of . I’m here creating to connect and help us stand in unity . 

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think the thing that sets me apart from others is my truth .My work is unthought , unplanned and just comes from within .I’ve never had that ability to be like I’m going to paint this person today , this event or that . It always just all happens . Staying true to what your doing and what your feeling is always the most important when it comes to my work and creating process . The art world can be very judgmental . A great friend of mine told me once that if people are hating on you and judging you that your work has struck a chord with them and made them uncomfortable . They now must process those feelings and find the truth in them . The most important person you are making art for is yourself . There will always be shade thrown . How much are you going to let it impact you ?

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Anyplace that involves art . Hands down .

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people in my life that have inspired me through this journey . So many artists I’ve met and became friends with . We have shared information , art , laughs , stories and most importantly genuine love . I can’t just choose one person or thing that’s inspired me because waking up everyday is what really inspires me in every aspect of my life . The chance to live another day and create to reach those who need it the most .

Instagram: @lawless47images

Image Credits
BILL_L47 2020

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