We had the good fortune of connecting with Giselle Marte and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Giselle, what’s the end goal, career-wise?
This question is one that has changed a couple times for me. I thought I wanted to be just an acrylic painter but I realized I wanted to be more than just an acrylic painter. I think its cool if you just want to do that specific thing and get really good at it but I realized I had so many interests when it came to being an artist.(probably because I was too busy learning things I didn’t really care about in school, Besides psychology.) I consider myself to be a versatile artist. Mixed Media one would say. I truly am inlove with the creative world. With that being said, my end goal is I want to have inspired many with my stories in whichever way I decide to tell them, whether its through painting, digital art, 3d art, animation, music etc. It is my therapy and I hope to provide a sense of therapy when I share my work with others. My end goal is to change the lives of children even and inspire not just adults but the little ones. I would have made my family proud especially my mother who died when I was 7. Even if she is not physically here, I have to make her proud as she is my angel guiding me through and keeping me afloat everyday out here in Los Angeles. I also would one day love to collaborate with some of my favorite musicians / artists. And final end goal is being financially stable doing all the things I love doing and finally being able to buy a house and raise a family eventually.

Professionally by the end of my career Id like it for not to be the end of my career. Ill be doing this for life! But if I had to answer that question, id say I have mastered all the things I still need to master in my art career. I will have mastered everything to the point where I can now teach others mostly through YouTube. I find that YouTube university will be around for a long while and I see myself creating on there and teaching.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is so diverse , I can’t even tell you I have a style. (I think) One thing for sure is I love creating. I always have a different idea and it could be a strength and a weakness haha. I sometimes want to stick to one thing but its so hard especially now days, We are overloaded with information and content It drives me crazy sometimes but also helps me create. When I create though, Its always to emit peace and love. My art varies from surrealism to super simplistic minimalistic art. Ive been told my art is calming and peaceful and that’s exactly what I want you to feel. How I got here was never easy and I don’t think it gets easier, you just learn to cope in healthy ways. Once I learned that I needed to meditate more and eat healthier, workout, not take things personally etc, I realized the things that make It hard no longer feel like a heavy rock on my shoulders. Some extreme challenges I had to deal with was explaining to my parents that I just HAD to move all the way across the states to accomplish my dreams. Im originally from NJ so moving away was hard!! I had to leave behind my pregnant sister which hurt so much because I really wanted to be super close to my nephew as he was growing up. I had to do what was best for me though as I will not be alive forever. I had to pick up my bags and leave my friends and family behind. The hardest thing I had to do in my whole life. Its still hard. Only way I am able to feel okay is when I remind myself that I am doing this for me and its the one thing I was able to decide on for myself instead of someone else making the decision for me. They did not take it lightly which made it even harder to leave but eventually after like 2 years of me living out here in Los Angeles they finally understood that this is my life and Im alive and im healthy. im doing better than they thought I would, From running my own business to creating a mural for the first time right in the soho arts district, Yea you could say they are proud, at least I hope so. Lessons Ive learned along the way would be Don’t let social media make you feel inferior because running a business looks different for everyone. I still have to not compare myself to others who seem more successful than I am. I want the world to know that my story is one of one but so is yours so wear it proudly! Nomatter what you have gone through, you have an equal chance as the next person in being successful or changing the lives of many people out there through your work. Don’t get discouraged. YOU GOT THIS!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend was visiting here that’d be a dream haha. She has yet to visit me but I know when she does it’ll be the perfect time and a great time. I would take her to all the places I went to when I first got here. We would go Axe Throwing out here in Los Angeles even if she’s done it already. Its so different when you’re in a different state. Id take her to Malibu beach to experience the beautiful beaches out here besides Santa Monica. We would go do an easy hike at Runyon Canyon to see all the wonderful Dogs because that’s where all the dogs go hiking with their owners and she loves dogs just like me. We would go have a drink at El Tejano and play some of their outdoor games. We would go to the The Grove at Glendale because its just a nice play to eat, drink and shop. Id plan a 2-3 day trip to Catalina island in that time and enjoy our time there since I never been. I would also do the infamous hollywood stars tour and see all the huge houses up the hills. Get a little tour for her to get to know the areas. That would basically sum of our days. To eat, She’s vegan so we would have to make a nice list of places to eat or I would cook some food for her. Definitely gotta take her to Lemon Zest in Sherman Oaks though. Best Greek food ever. I don’t drink much so we would need to find some nice places to have a decent drink, maybe wherever there’s wine im good.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My boyfriend, Corey Mckinney Jr. For always inspiring me and for helping me feel less alone as an artist. We both have a lot we want to do and help each other stay afloat everyday with compassion and understanding. I wouldn’t want to spend this life with any other man.

Amanda Oleander: for inspiring me right when I first moved to Los Angeles, I really felt like I made the right decision even more after finding her on YouTube. Her work ethic, juggling art and social media and her peaceful vibe is what helped me keep going with my art career when I first started. I knew then, it was possible.

SincerelyArt(Giselle) : She even has my same name haha. I basically saw her bloom and grow on instagram just by doing her thing with her art. From selling stickers to selling a bunch of other stuff. It again made me feel super inspired to KEEP GOING.

My family(aunt uncle, and two cousins) who provided for me and nurtured me as if I was their own daughter/sister I don know if id be here today if it wasn’t for them.

Website: www.gisellemarte.com

Instagram: @gisellemarte.art

Twitter: gisellemarte_

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