We had the good fortune of connecting with Ize and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ize, why did you pursue a creative career?
I wanted to take a career path that would always push me to grow and challenge myself. Its’s also the one career where I knew I could enjoy my failures in a positive way while gaining knowledge from them. Growing old and regretting not taking a leap of something I love doing was just not an option.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As cliche as it sounds there’s only one you, and one me. Hershey’s and MARS make chocolate. Saying one is better than the other is misleading. It doesn’t matter, but what matters is that they both are giving you two choices of chocolate styles and taste. Why eat the same chocolate when you can try them all. Art is the same, in my opinion. Picasso is not better than Dali, that’s just a preference. Both are valued for their unique noticeable styles. Anybody can make a Warhol but there will always be one Warhol. Your competition shouldn’t be everyone else, it should be you, your progression, and your push to get better than the year before. That’s where style comes in. What would set my style apart mainly is the background I use on all my paintings. Stripes with polkadots and my circular logo. A quarter of an open spaced circle tucked with my name under it. I’m always excited about meeting new people. I’ve been able to meet a lot of people because of my career choice. It’s a part of it. I’m quite shy, but as an artist a part of your job is to be open to new interactions which eventually will keep leading in the path you are meant to explore. I’m here because of every single person who has friended me, given me a chance, even a second chance. But it also has to deal with pushing myself and creating opportunities. Nobody gets a hand out, maybe once in a while you will get help. You will find those lucky friends and people. At the end it’s still up to you to wake up on bad day and push paint. You still have a job to do and practice is necessary. Was it easy? Nope. Never went to art school. Thats where you will learn basics, and create connections. I couldn’t afford it. So I went to the library, looked at videos, tutorials and kept learning. Wether you are fortunate to go to art school or not, you still have to push yourself more and more each day. One isn’t better than the other. As long as you are learning new things and growing to help other with your talent is what matters the most. It’s not always easy overcoming challenges. I find that it’s best to see them as learning opportunities. At first I would give up easily or throw away a whole canvas if I didn’t enjoy it. Over time I realized that even when I didn’t like the way something turned out I forced myself to finish it, or try to understand, and fix the problem. It gave me a better understanding of where I needed to build a stronger foundation, how I could better myself. My favorite question to always ask myself and others is How can I make this better? You shouldn’t have to put yourself down over something you worked hard for. Asking this question has helped me spark a positive reaction in people, and its always interesting to hear the answers to that question. So you start learning that to overcome challenges you also have to think positive and always believe in yourself. Another great lesson I learned along the way is to take any opportunity you are given, and yes… you will get a lot of last minute opportunities. But take all them, they always lead you to meeting new people, new opportunities, and always give it your all. Never give up, it’s better to fail to learn how to succeed at something you love than to fail at a career you hate because you where scared or someone said you could not do it. About my brand? My brands name: IZE Pronunciation: Eyes Deffinition: Is a suffix that you can use to create different words. I chose Ize to define my artwork through my own visual perception. Mixing everything that has inspired me to create my own style. To define the values of others when while we learn be open to different perceptions. Bring others into the art world that all opinions are welcome. At the end of my story, my brand, is to inspire anyone who loves art. Wether you are 10 or 60. Theres space for everyone and anyone to be creative. Especially inspire kids to be artist, to voice your opinion, respect others values, respect diffrent races, women, cultures, because we all deserve that. Inspire others to do good.
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?
A fun and intriguing question! I live in downtown Phoenix, AZ. There’s a lot of great spots. Wake up around 8am. Perfect time for breakfast and coffee. My favorite coffee spots are Fillmore Coffee, LUX, and Cartel. The ambiance, the detail, and expertise of making well brewed black coffee is what makes these places great. It’s the little details that makes them stand out. If you enjoy flavored lattes they can do that as well. After having a little coffee boost, the next inviting spot is the Phoenix Art Museum. Afterwards when lunch time roles around and you are hungry. Do you want pizza? Well… you have Pomo, Forno, Cibo, and Pizza Bianco for some of the best Italian style pizza. If you enjoy tacos there’s plenty great spots. My recommendations would be Taqueria el Fundador, Los Sombreros, Ajo Al’s, and Tacos Hicho. Afterwards it’s a must to rent a scooter and ride around Hance Park and stop by the Japanese garden. As time passes bu and it get late. The best spots for a drink are Gracies, Hanny’s , Sazarac, Little Rituals, and Lux. Night time for shows, you have the option of Crescent Ballroom, The Vanburen, and Valley Bar. Phoenix has a lot to explore and there’s secrete spots too. So if you are from out of town contact me from recommendations, I love sharing new experiences with anyone!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d love to give to Shoutout! Thank you for opportunity. As for the rest… it would take page to fill, there’s a lot of special people in my life that I have met. So rather than filling up a whole page I rather direct you to my instagram page @ize_official. If you are on my list of friends I follow or are filling me, have bought a piece of art form me, have supported me in any way, or have collaborated with me, and showed me new tips. Those are my shoutouts. Thank you! I’m thankful for all of them and you who the reader who took the time to read this.
All images are provided by me and are pictures taken of the work that I have done by me.