The Shoot Women Fashion Artist Spotlight: Taylor White

Hey readers,

I had the opportunity to see Taylor White amazing artworks on display at Blind Whino in Washington DC. She is one artist to keep a look out for because she has the raw talent that can’t be denied. Enjoy my interview with Taylor and her beautiful artwork.

1. What’s your name and where are you from (State/
My name is Taylor White, I grew up and currently live in Raleigh,
North Carolina.

2. When did you know you wanted to be an artist and what
kind of artist would you consider yourself?
Being an artist is something that has felt true throughout my entire life,
and though I hesitate to fully define my creative output I could best be
described currently as a painter and muralist peripherally attached to the
street art/urban contemporary genre.

3. Are you a full-time artist or are you involved with other
creative jobs?

I work full-time as an artist. I also manage a studio space in my
hometown which helps to supplement the income I make from
paintings, murals, and commissions.

4. Your artwork has movement and emotion would you say
your artwork is influenced by pain, passion or a
combination of both?
My work is influenced by the human experience which I think is equal
parts pain and passion. All of these things exist as dualities, and
harmony exists when you have a delicate balance of both. It isn’t
meant to have a positive or negative connotation; it’s only meant to
be true and authentic to our emotional experiences.

5. What foils your creative juices? Do you have a specific
music playlist or just need to be in quiet scenery in order
to feel inspired to paint?
A mix of things – I find I do my best work when I am the most relaxed,
so self-care is really important. Getting away to nature when I’m
feeling too fraught in my head; giving myself permission to slow
down when I’m feeling too stressed. I almost always have some
music going, usually some combination of downtempo electronic,
r&b or hip hop.

6. Are your artworks reflected on your personal experience
or is inspired by what you see in the world?
I think both, for sure. I observe, absorb, and filter things through my
personal experience before I’m able to form a cogent expression that I
feel is important enough to convey. Some I consider interesting, others
not. Or rather, certain things feel like it’s up to me to communicate and
others do not. My work is much more intuitive and emotional than
cerebral or socially conscious. I speak to an experience which is
universal; we all occupy this coalescence of matter, roughly the same
shape and configuration, and move through space by the same physical
laws. That’s what unifies us. That’s what fascinates me so much about
dancing, which is the physical experience that provides me the most
inspiration. It provides a universally recognizable visual language for
that which cannot be seen, only felt. The work aims to capture the
emotive essence of the human spirit, as the act of dance does so

7. What message do you want to give to the world with
your artwork and why should people care about your
I think the most meaningful thing you can do as an artist is to be open
and authentic, to be able to say “this is what it looks like when I
lay bare the secrets of my soul.” Once you are keyed into that
power, you can empower those who view your work to connect
with who they are. The work either resonates or it doesn’t,
positive, negative or neutral – which, if you’re listening, will tell
you a lot about what’s in your soul and connect you to your reason
for being. In my work, I invite the viewer to connect with
themselves. I don’t even really see the work by the time it’s done,
so it’s really about the audience’s reactions. My work is as much a
celebration of you as it is for me; it’s a celebration of the spirit. If I
can at least have faith in what I have made, that it has meaning to
me and whoever has seen it, then I’ve done well. That lives on.

8. What is your ultimate goal you want to achieve as an
artist in the next 5-10 years?
Everyone seeks recognition for their work, myself included, but a wise
friend once told me that the greatest reward for work is more work. I’d
be meeting my goals if I had a steady influx of exciting projects that
allowed me to maintain a comfortable standard of living.

9. Do you have any advice for someone who wants to be in
your shoes?
My best advice is not to wait around for advice; get involved and do
everything you can to put your work out there into the world. Have
confidence in your work, be authentic and keep pushing. If you do it
well you’ll find success in your own way.

10. Where should people go to contact you or to just
follow you on social media?
You can find my website at and follow my Instagram
@taylurk for timely updates.


The Shoot Women Fashion Interview Artist Spotlight: Pastel Rae

Hey readers,

I got the privilege to interview a talented artist by the name of Pastel Rae. If you are like me and love finding creative artists on Instagram you will understand why I was drawn to this lovely lady. Her artwork is beautiful and speaks for its self.


-Redeait Meaza


1.What is your name and where are you from (state/nationality)?

My name is Pastel Rae (that’s right I was born with an art name). I am a black, White, Spanish, and Native American female artist from Sacramento, CA.

2. When did you know you wanted to become an artist?

I knew I wanted to be an artist when I was in like the 2nd or 3rd grade. I would tell everyone that’s what I wanted to be, but as I grew up I never thought it would be possible. Possible as in being a starving artist was not a possibility for me. But after working at some of my dream jobs I realized that nothing made me happier than art.

3. Would you say your fashion and music taste is reflected in your artwork and if so how?

Definitely! When it comes to fashion I am all over the place. One minute I’m in boyfriend jeans and heels and the next I’m in a flowy skirt flats and a button up. I feel the same way about music. I love so many different genres and the words speak to me on so many levels that I just paint what I hear or how I feel. My fashion sense and the music I listen to is all over the board you can see why my style in art doesn’t really have a style at all. Hip-hop pieces, dogs, flowers, the women’s body…I just love to paint.

4. When you paint do you have certain things you need to have around you to fuel your creative juices like music playlist, snacks, flowers or do you prefer complete silence?

Music is one of my biggest influences so I HAVE to have music playing. The louder the music the better. But my music playlist also has to match with what I’m painting at that moment. I can’t paint a field of flowers and be listening to NWA. It just doesn’t work for me. So I would need like Etta James “Sunday Kinda Love” or something of that nature.

5. What has been your greatest achievement as an artist so far and where do you see yourself in 10 years?

My greatest achievement as an artist…I don’t know honestly. I’ve had so many wonderful things happen in the last 3 years of my journey that it’s hard to name just one. My painting going viral is probably the biggest moment of my art career, but then again being able to inspire others is what it’s all about for me. When someone writes you and say’s “you inspire me”, that feeling is unexplainable and worth every tear, long nights, and doubts I have gone through.

6. What message do you want to give out to the world with your artwork?

I want people to see me through my work. I want them to see and feel how passionate I am through my art. I want the chance to impact someone’s life by giving them a chance to view things through my mind and my creativity.

7. Do you have any advice for someone who wants to be an artist?

Don’t give up! Don’t let anyone make you feel as though your dream is unreachable. Don’t compare yourself to other artists. Become friends with other artists, even if it’s just by social media. Other artists can help you in marketing yourself and also help motivate you to keep going. But my overall advice is just be inspired to take a shot and follow your dreams because if you don’t you’ll never be truly happy.

8. If people want to get in contact with you, how should they reach you?

The best way to reach me is by email ( however, I do have a website I am also on Facebook (Pastel Rae), Instagram (PastelRae), and I have a YouTube page. You guessed it, its Pastel Rae. Basically, just go on any social media and type in Pastel Rae. More than likely you’ll find me. 🙂



The Shoot Women Fashion Interview Artist Spotlight: Sherrill Defoe

Hey readers,

If you’re like me then you know I  always love finding creative young thinkers on my social media. I stumble upon this lovely lady by the name of Sherrill Defoe on Instagram and I had to share it with you all. I hope you guys enjoy this interview and BUY HER ARTWORK. We must help our fellow creative artist continue to make a living at what they are passionate about. I absolutely love Sherrill artworks and I hope you do too!

xoxo-Redeait Meaza

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1) What’s your name and where are you from?

My name is Sherrill Defoe, I was born on the wonderfully beautiful island of Curacao and moved to the Netherlands at age 17 to attend college. Netherlands is where I currently reside.

3) When did you know you wanted to be an artist?

I was very young when I had that thought (but it was always a thought). Growing up on a small island in the Caribbean being an artist is not something that you would easily pursue. You are taught to do well in school so you can become a doctor, lawyer, businessmen/woman etc. But I was always a creative child, but growing up I never thought of pursuing it. It’s actually this year after getting a lot of positive feedbacks on my paintings I thought “hey let’s try this out”.

4) Are you a full-time artist or are you involved with other creative projects?

Actually, I’m supposed to be a full-time student… LOL. I’m in my last year of college. So when I receive my diploma I’ll be able to expand my horizons.

5) What has been the most rewarded achievement for you being an artist?

The most rewarded achievement for me is selling my work.  Knowing that someone would like my creations that much that they would want to pay money to have it in their homes means the world to me!

6) What message do you want to give out to the world with your artwork?

Black women are gorgeous, sexy, beautiful creatures.

7) Do you have any advice for someone who wants to be in your shoes?

Be unique in what you bring to the table, be better or be different. And do not… I repeat do NOT give up! Do YOU. When you have a dream stick to it and believe in it. Don’t discuss it with everyone because they all have a different taste or advice. So believe in YOU and do YOU.  Social media can be your best friend if you use it correctly!

8) If someone wanted to get in contact with you, how should they reach you? (mention social networks too)