Interview conducted by Marie-Christine Tayah, Editor-in-Chief
Creative, talented, sensitive, and full of love, Savannah reflects all of her being through her creations, be it through paintings, mixed media, or other art forms. Like a fairy, whichever brush she holds helps her turn ordinary material into marvelous pieces of art. Get to know more about her through Lifestyle’s exclusive interview.
How do you feel about being the youngest entrepreneur?
Being the youngest entrepreneur is a great opportunity for me, as well as a huge challenge. Considering myself as a creative person, I have a developed creative mind rather than a business mind which has its advantages and disadvantages (as everything else on Earth does). I am very happy to be doing this simply because I learn a lot. Being the youngest entrepreneur allows me to make decisions for myself and to go to the end of my ideas. I make good decisions and I embrace them. I also make wrong decisions and grow from them, so this is all very beneficial and exciting.
When are you the most creative?
My inspiration comes in quick bursts so a lot of the time I will just start creating and not stop for a couple of weeks. My art is incredibly personal, so I sometimes need to absorb my experiences before I create – build some sort of distance and understanding of my own situations. I also need to have the right environment and be in the right mood. If I happen to be inspired in the middle of the night, I will get up and do it even at 3 am. I create when I know it’s right. I don’t push myself to finish something quickly or in a time frame. Right now for example, I’m working on a painting which is 1.60m by 2m and I haven’t touched it in two weeks. That doesn’t mean it won’t be a good piece. It might be a great piece, but sometimes I just need to be at a distance for a while.
Who are you thankful for?
I am thankful for my mom; she has always been there for me, encouraged me in every way possible, and never stopped telling me, “Hold on to your dreams and achieve them no matter what.” Having received such permanent support has given me that strength to never give up. I am also thankful for my art teachers in the UK, especially Julie Lue, who understood me, supported me, and encouraged me immensely throughout the years. Last but not least, my friends and the numerous people I’ve met throughout my travels inspire me and give me the opportunity to be creative. Without people, my experiences or thoughts would never be shared with them and my art wouldn’t exist. So thank you to you all.
Do you easily let go of your pieces of art?
Letting go of my pieces can sometimes be challenging, especially if it is based on a particularly personal experience. Nevertheless, with time I have learned to let go of my pieces much more easily. I personally feel that the more personal my piece is the harder it is to let go. For example, I could easily let go of the pieces I did six months to one or two years ago, because I have moved on and distanced myself from the tragedies or the joys of those experiences. However, giving away very recent work can be emotionally difficult for me but at the end of the day, I just have to get over it!
Do you feel like you have a certain message to convey?
Yes, all the time. All my art has a meaning. Whether it is through my cards or my big scale paintings, there is always a message in there waiting to be unleashed by whoever is looking at it. Sometimes, some of my messages can be very easy to depict while other ones can be harder to understand as I may not be visually explicit. Personally, I also find it necessary to have some story behind what I create. It makes a piece alive and it allows the viewer and me to share a bond; their story as well as mine; together in one piece.
What are your aspirations?
I have many. I would like to open my own card shop as well as my own gallery, help young upcoming artists exhibit their talents, and encourage them to follow their dreams. I would also like to teach art to kids as well as to teenagers! I mean the list is endless and I’m sure that as the years fly by, I will have more things I would like to do.
Do you have any messages to newborn artists?
DON’T GIVE UP! The artistic industry is extremely difficult whether you are into painting, acting, dancing, or whatever it may be. It is emotionally demanding and hard to succeed in. And yes, I have pointed out some of the negative things, but if it’s what you love to do, don’t focus on these points. See the bigger picture! Keep working hard, stay motivated and positive, and don’t get crushed down. Stand tall and believe in what you do, even if no one else does!!! Allow yourself to live your dream. You’re in control! Also, as I’ve heard a million times before and I’m sure you had too, “You only live once.” Give it your best shot and good luck!!!