Artist: Cinque Smith
Hard work beats talent if that talented individual does not work hard. It has been quite a journey over the course of my life time to get to this point where I want to take my own destiny into my hands and accomplish something more than I can fathom. I recently turned 35 and with that acknowledgment and celebration I felt that it was finally time to take a leap of faith in myself. I have been an artist as far back as I can remember. Through visual story telling there has been no greater personal instrument that has guided me and helped me to explore parts of myself and humanity in ways I can’t explain. My relationship with the viewer and myself has underwent the exploration of style and technique, to my current run which emphasizes substance and energy.
I come from a strong family environment and community from a small city in Dayton Ohio that helped to cultivate my imagination. Drawing for me then and now provided me with the tools to communicate with others about subjects that were of interest to me privately. I spent hours every day feverishly working to better my craft and study the work from those whom I deemed to be great. Early on I studied illustrators because they were the story tellers for my eyes. Artist such as Jim Lee, Jack Kirby, Frank Frazetta, Masayuki and the Kubert family laid down the foundation. As I became older American illustrators and traditional artists such as JC Leyendecker, Alex Ross, Dirk Dzimirsky and various others helped to cultivate and broaden my imagination. Being self-taught also brought along its own set of self-truths and discoveries as well as failures and understandings. Becoming my biggest critic and constantly looking to elevate and achieve the highest level of creativity is an understatement. Yet also living in the moment and enjoying the process of creating and watching and borrowing the energy of others feeds my soul.
I decided to start fresh and move to Arizona a little over 2 years ago in an attempt to expand my horizons be closer to my immediate family and in the interim continue furthering my dreams. Family, love, loyalty and dedication are at the top of my list when I seek out my truth. When I create a project that resonates with the audience, they are essentially invited into my collective paradigm and are thrust into a vast euphoric sense of commonality with the subject. I don’t seek escapism but rather immense accountability with the viewer that suggest we all could relate and be apart of the same collective. Do you remember the last time that you saw something great? Or the last time that the wind blew, and the smell of the fall air or a slight touch from a loved one brought you to a beautiful memory. That’s what I want to bring people when they see my work.