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An Artist's Vision and a 2023 Reflection

artist Tasha Williams in her studio putting on apron to sit down and paint

A few years ago, I started changing my mindset when it came to New Year’s resolutions. The word “resolution” feels too rigid to me, and implies you have a problem that needs to be solved. And of course, if you don’t reach that resolution, you feel like a failure. Instead, I like to set visions for the new year. A vision doesn’t feel like it has a time limit. It’s something that is close enough to see clearly,  but it might take some time to get there. I feel it sets the stage for a more positive mindset as the year starts. And as we start rolling into 2024, I can’t help but reflect on the creative visions I made in 2023, and what I  accomplished.

Digital illustration of a plus sized black woman in a blue dress and long blue tinted hair

I learned how to do digital illustration back in 2020, with a cheap tablet and a free drawing program. I  didn’t know if I would like digital art, so I didn’t want to spend the money on an iPad right away. Fast forward to now…I not only have an iPad, I’ve also learned how to use Procreate, and have been learning some Adobe Creative Cloud programs. It’s been fun and challenging and has expanded my creative knowledge in ways I never imagined possible. Procreate especially has helped me evolve my style, while not straying too far from what makes it my style. And learning an industry standard like Adobe Illustrator helped me find the confidence (or the audacity, depending on how you look at it) to start marketing myself as a designer.

Digital illustration of a white coffee cup with a blue stripe, with white letters reading Pour Into Yourself

In 2023, I took on two different freelance projects that required me to study typography, pattern design, and overall design basics…three things I have never done before. I accepted the jobs knowing I would absolutely have to figure it out, and I did, and the clients loved the end results. I was so proud of myself, and it opened a door to another realm of possibilities. I’m still learning a lot of the technical aspects, but I’m proud of how far I’ve come. I’m continuing to build my design portfolio and taking on more design projects this year.

Acrylic painting on canvas of a Black woman with curly pink hair

In the realm of traditional art, my main vision was to spend more time in my studio painting. And I did. In fact, I created a collection without realizing it! I also started experimenting with embellishing my paintings…collage paper, glitter, goldleaf and silverleaf, rhinestones, etc. as well as resin and polyurethane sealers.  Before I knew it,  the vision grew into experimenting with different mediums and techniques, and becoming a multidisciplinary artist. Like Maya Angelou said, “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” Even if it was just for half an hour, my creativity has blossomed, just by taking the time to use it. I also officially opened my online store on my website, where all of my art is for sale. I’m excited to add more to it in the upcoming weeks.

So what am I looking forward to in 2024?  Enveloping myself fully in my inspiration, and continuing to grow and learn and create. Becoming more comfortable with who I am and reflecting that in my art, the projects I take on, and growing my business. In fact, maybe that should be the word of this year, and every year after that…evolution. I’m ready for the journey, and I’m excited to share it here. Thanks for riding with me.


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