“Maturity is overrated and restrictive to me. It means that we are shamed into a corner, unable to express our true emotions for fear of hurt and embarrassment.  Children do seem to be the most free amongst us.  Having said that I feel that the child in us never goes away, she is only asleep until something happy or emotional wakes us up.  The art I share is for those who want to relive a time when tears flowed if they had to, when hugs were given without a pause, when ‘I love you’ was said without expectation. If you understand this, then you understand why I paint these things for you.”

Salkis Re (pronounced Sul-kiss Ray) is an amazing artist whose work I recently came across.  So, I decided to do what I feel everyone should do when they come across an artist’s work they admire & enjoy… SHARE!  Hence this post.  If you’re interested in acquiring some of her work, you can do so here or stay connected through Facebook.

Tell me a bit about you. What is your background?

I’m from Trinidad and Tobago, raised in New York City. I think my life is very colorful because of the cross cultures. I have experienced so much in my short life, member of secret societies I became a Muslim, a Jew, non-conformist, raw food vegan, vegetarian, then back to eating sushi again. I even took up boxing and started weight loss and relationship coaching. I do whatever I want to do, really.

How did you start painting?

I actually started painting seriously when I got this idea to create characters for each chapter of this relationship book I was working on. I wanted to do something that would appeal to the innocence of women or what I call the ‘truthful’ time of our lives.

What inspires you?

Love inspires me to create. The love we have for each other, ourselves, the men we are with.

What motivates you to create?

I want women to feel love in its purest form. The kind of love that you don’t have to manipulate or be coy to get, the kind of love that is on ready supply even if you don’t wear lipstick or high heels. That feeling of real love is what motivates me.

How did you come to paint the characters you portray?

Well again, I did them for a book I was writing and the art sort of took over me. Before I knew it, I forgot about the book and threw my energy into the art. I also wanted to express emotions and aesthetics that I don’t often see, especially in darker skin tone.

Besides painting, do you express yourself through any other art forms?

I express myself through story telling and writing poems. The poetry comes out when I am very emotional or upset about something… it’s either write or eat sweets.  It’s healthier to write.

On your Etsy page, you mention that maturity is overrated.  In what ways do you keep your inner child alive?

Yes, I really feel that maturity is stifling. I have a 7-year-old daughter (who critiques all my work whether I ask for her opinion or not) and I see her as totally free.  Even though I take care of her, she is mentally free. She will laugh, cry, get angry and what ever else she feels like doing.  I, on the other hand, have to think about how stupid I will look if I spaz out in public, lol. My art is my escape from my 40-year-old reality. I am like a 7-year-old when I’m painting.

Besides Etsy, is there anywhere else that we can find your work?

Right now Etsy is the main place to see my art besides my Facebook fan page. I usually will post new pieces on Facebook first hoping someone will buy there first so I can save my 20 cents and then list them on Etsy.  All jokes asides, I really do this because it heals me, it makes me feel good to make you feel good. I want my art to put smiles on your pretty face!


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