We had the good fortune of connecting with Ericali Johnston and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ericali, why did you pursue a creative career?
I feel that I am in the beginning stages of truly pursuing a career as a freelance artist. For me I have worked many jobs over the years and while I have learned and grown from these different experiences, I didn’t feel creatively fulfilled. I wanted to express the different ideas in my mind and do what I love most.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My works are a blend of styles (Eastern and Western) that reflect my identity as a biracial woman (Korean and white), as well as my personal tastes. I enjoy blending traditional work with whimsy and fantasy. I am proud that I have finally found an artistic style that reflects who I am best. The biggest challenge is getting people to know you exist for them to see if your work even speaks to them or resonates. I want people to know that while trying to create a career as a freelance creative is not easy, and that it can be a slow process, I enjoy what I do very much and it feeds my soul. I hope that my works can make people smile.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Here in Los Angeles, I would like people to experience the diversity. There are so many great restaurants to try-several of my favorites being in Highland Park. I would encourage people to check out the awesome museums like: LACMA, Getty (and Getty Villa), The Broad, Norton Simeon ect. And of course the beaches!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to shout out to the everyday crafts person-making modern day folk art (which tends to be underrated). Whether they are selling their art on the sidewalk or online, these works are valuable and lend beauty to our lives everyday.