Serene Illustrations | VIBE Spotlight

This is VIBE Spotlight: a weekly series that celebrates and shines a light on VIBE Arts’ roster of talented artists. Each Monday, our Instagram and website feature a different VIBE Artist and provide a look into their craft. Stay tuned and get to know the diverse talent that makes up our organization and community with #VIBESpotlight.

On this VIBE Spotlight, we’re shining a light on Serene Illustrations, a painter, digital designer, and a new member of the VIBE Artist roster. Serene is also the founder of Serene Creates, an online business venture where she transforms art into functional home goods.

VIBE: Is there anything you are currently working on that you would like to share?

Serene: I am currently painting a series inspired by the traditional Tarot cards and adding my touch of fantasy. I don’t practice Tarot reading myself, but I’m inspired by the multiple meanings that resonate with people in each individual card. I’m also a huge sucker for all fairy tales so it’s mandatory I sprinkle in a little bit of childhood nostalgia in all my paintings.

 

VIBE: What has been one of your greatest accomplishments to date?

Serene: My greatest accomplishment to date was displaying over 25 works of art in a solo exhibition at Artusiasm Art Gallery in 2018. It was the first time I was able to show my friends and family what I was capable of outside of the corporate world. It took a lot of courage to let so many people take a peek into my head, but I did it!

 

VIBE: What has been one of your favourite moments while being on the VIBE roster?

Serene: It’s only the beginning of my journey with the VIBE roster, so my favorite moment was meeting everyone for the first time via ZOOM call. It was so inspiring seeing the diversity in art forms that people participated in. I’m sure there will be more favorite moments to come.

 

VIBE: What are some of your future goals?

Serene: Help people realize that you don’t necessarily have to live a life as a “starving artist” to do art.

There are so many techniques I have yet to learn so my goal is to continuously improve my craft, whether it’s learning from others or taking lessons

To never lose sight of using art to stay curious, escape reality, or slip into a childhood memory

 

VIBE: What is one of the greatest lessons you have learned thus far?

Serene: All art fits somewhere. I used to think that galleries wouldn’t be interested in my artwork because it doesn’t fit the requirements they typically look for, or that every day people wouldn’t buy it because it’s too childish (and sometimes too scary) for the modern home. I’ve realized that there’s a place for every type of artwork; I just have to find the right one. And while I’m searching, my art fits perfectly in my bedroom, if I do say so myself.

 

VIBE: What changes would you like to see in Toronto’s Art community?

Serene: There are a lot of people who dream about acting on their creative passions but don’t know how, or think that they’ll only have the capacity to pursue it once their career is over. I’d love to see the Toronto Art community encourage more people to kick start their art dreams at any point in their life, whether it’s through education programs, relief funds, or connecting them with mentors.

 

Support Serene: @sereneillustrations | sereneillustrations.com | serenecreates.com

 

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SRE | VIBE Spotlight

This is VIBE Spotlight: a weekly series that celebrates and shines a light on VIBE Arts’ roster of talented artists. Each Monday, our Instagram and website feature a different VIBE Artist and provide a look into their craft. Stay tuned and get to know the diverse talent that makes up our organization and community with #VIBESpotlight.

On this VIBE Spotlight, we’re shining a light on SRE, a rapper/MC, producer, dancer and a new addition to the VIBE Artist roster. He’s also part of NExT, VIBE’s Black Youth Mentorship Program made possible by Canadian Heritage’s CSMARI program.

VIBE: Is there anything you are currently working on that you would like to share?

SRE: I am currently working on an upcoming music video that involves some very talented artists, including myself. I’m also preparing for an art exhibition taking place in March 2021.

 

VIBE: What has been one of your greatest accomplishments to date?

SRE: One of my greatest accomplishments was beginning the journey of following my passion. Many people have a gift and just sit on it, but – speaking from experience – it takes bravery and courage to put yourself out there. I’m not used to doing that. 

 

VIBE: What has been one of your favourite moments while being on the VIBE roster?

SRE: The never ending support. Onika and Jason are consistently telling people [like me] in the NExT Program that they really want to see us grow as artists. To see and hear people who care about our craft, means more than a lot. 

 

VIBE: What are some of your future goals?

SRE: Some of my future goals are to be a voice for the youth, perform on big stages and develop strong leadership skills to provide opportunities for other artists. 

 

VIBE: What is one of the greatest lessons you have learned thus far?

SRE: Watch your company. It is true what they say: “birds of a feather, flock together”. The people who you surround yourself with can either increase or decrease the value of yourself and your goals.

 

VIBE: What changes would you like to see in Toronto’s Art community?

SRE: Less discrimination – not just against people of colour – but towards an artist’s practice or art form. People have different ways of expressing who they are, or what they enjoy doing, and I’ve seen people lose motivation from their craft because it wasn’t “the norm”. I would like to see more chances being given out to artists whose idea seems “weird”.

 

Support SRE: @sreonly | @sreonly

 

 

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