We had the good fortune of connecting with Arielle (Steive) Hughes and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Arielle (Steive), what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Sometimes I feel that art chose me, then other times I feel that I actively pursue art. All my earliest memories involve me enjoying art, film, any medias. They provided me all the company and wonder of the world. Art always seemed innate for me, something that was always just meant to be with me, for me, in me. The grappling with seizing my dream to pursue art was beyond challenging. I treated my dream as a secret, something I was not confident to say out loud, unapologetically. My grandmothers death also had an inevitable impact on me all around, and art became more and more painful to engage with. Looking back I am starting to realize that I am exactly where I need to be with my art. There was constant and immense growing I had to do in my teen to early adult years. Healing, and the right amount of stubbornness, are integral parts to how I never gave up on pursuing my career in the arts. Something sits right in the pit of my core that refused my willingness to let go of of my dream. And I owe all my gratitude to that stubborn burning feeling at my core, maybe it was just spite, but regardless I am here today doing my dream.

I pursued art because that is simply what I am. It always felt right, and so therefore I am creating, exploring, in some cases destroying. I myself still have so many questions on where I am going and what I am saying with my work, but the fact that I am just actively pursuing my dreams and ideas always leaves me in a blissful speechlessness. I have finally started to find my voice and I am learning the language my soul is trying to speak. There is still so much yet to come.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I find that I am finally scratching the surface of my art. I tend to weave various aspects into my art; I find with the personal aspects I reflect and share my insight into my life and journey of healing from past traumas. I love working with dynamic styles and I am constantly exploring. I explore the other areas of passions I have and enjoy mashing them together to see what will, can, happen. I also find it so ironic how in the beginning I was so desperate to box myself in, I wanted a distinct style so bad, or wanted to only focus on one subject matter. I am so glad I embraced the fact that I do not have one single way to create nor do I stick to just one thing to talk about in my work.

I still think it is hard to see or call myself a “professional” because I feel that I still have so much to learn, and that my beginning just so happened to be at the end of my time in college. I find being honest in my feelings of not feeling that I am anywhere close to my prime, whatever that even is, with my work, allows me to feel freedom in trying anything with my work. The moment I decided to keep it loose, be unsure, is when I really felt like I started to find a true connection in improving and experimenting with my work. I want people to know that I have no idea what I am doing still, and that it is totally ok to be that way. I am having fun figuring things out and moving in this journey, I am always excited to see what I will do or create next. Though I have many ideas, I am learning to execute them all without causing myself to fall into any deep burn outs. I look forward to sharing so much more with the world.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I always like to recommend my hometown, Pasadena. Old town Pasadena is a cute scene to just stroll around and find a nice place to eat. The rose bowl is what most people know Pasadena to be known for, I use to live right above the hills surrounding the bowl. The farmers market they hold there is such a great time, lots of fun stuff to check out. I also highly recommend taking a visit to the Norton Simon museum. One of my favorite happy places to go whenever I can, the garden in the back has such calming energy, and the museum itself always feels like home to me. Another museum to check out is MOCA. They are now free admission! So you should defiantly take advantage of that, the museum sits right about Little Tokyo and is across from the Broad museum. You will have a lot to pick from once you are done at either museum since you are already in downtown LA. Little Tokyo is another favorite spot of mine, lot’s of cute shops with great food as well.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
It is really a village of people that got me to where I am right now, and I owe them all my love and gratitude. I will shine light on someone who has already left this world, my grandma, Jayne Bailey. This woman is my heart, and I am blessed that she can live in my mind forever, and in my work. She shared the greatest gift that anyone could receive, and that was love, pure love. With a foundation in love, I really believe that is the main thing that always kept my head above the water, even when it was just my nose poking out. I thank her for her major impact on my life, and how she continues to impact me now.

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