Is there one of the pieces that means more to you, or is more powerful in your eyes than others?
ST: My most personal piece is called “Beautiful Mind” (located as one of the first paintings in the gallery). I battle with a lot of anxiety, and I went through some depressing times, so I think that piece really helped me get through. It truly shows how you’re a prisoner in your own mind, but it also shows the beauty of a mind. It’s a pretty good balance of the good times vs. the bad times, and that you really are your own cage. Everything is mental. As soon as you kind of free yourself from that is when you’re finally happy.
What was the moment that made you want to open up this pop-up gallery?
ST: I have like 100,000+ followers or so on social media, which is crazy because all they get to see is my Instagram pictures or on the website, and they don’t really get to see how big the pieces are in person. Everyone who comes in here keeps saying, “Oh my God, I didn’t know they were so big. I have so much of an appreciation for your artwork now.” You really see the details, which is the best part. It’s a lot of work. This is about one year’s worth of artwork. I love being able to do these pop-up galleries, and really interact with fans. That’s the best part is being able to meet people, and they get to know me better. When they meet the face behind the art, they can relate that much more to it.
What’s been some of your favorite feedback that you’ve received on your work?
ST: The best feedback is mostly that I’ve been able to inspire some of the young people. A lot of young people come in, who have watched my growth through social media, so they can really relate to that, and it really inspires them to chase their dreams. Everytime someone tells me that, it’s one of the biggest rewards.
Are there any major guests to have stopped by yet?
ST: Swizz Beatz is a really close friend of mine, so he’s stopped by already. I’ve also had Joe Budden stop in. This is my final week, so I am going to have maybe 3 or 4 more special guests before it ends.
Did either give you any words of wisdom, or offer any memorable feedback?
ST: Swizz is amazing. He’s like a really big mentor of mine. I don’t know if it’s a specific thing he said, but every time he comes and sees my artwork, he really gives me the motivation. He really helps to push me forward and it keeps me going.