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

Hi Micah, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I pursued a career in art because it’s something I always wanted to do when I was a kid. Watching my favorite cartoons on the weekend thinking, “I want to have my own cartoon!” It started out from just copying characters I would see on screen to creating illustrations of my own.

Art is a great way to express ideas and personalities. I want to make art where people who usually aren’t represented in media can feel seen. Create stories that aren’t always told, or taking things that already exist and putting them in a different perspective.

I hope that one day that when a child is looking at my art, in a gallery or on screen (fingers crossed) that they feel inspired just like I was.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My artwork consists of alot of things that just pop into my head. I could be watching a movie or listening to a song and suddenly I’m inspired to draw!

It wasn’t the easiest getting started trying to brand myself and put my work out there. Alot of self doubt and nervousness at first but the more people I had engaging with my art the more confident I felt. I found my niche with stickers and art prints first and then decided to experiment with other small merchandise. I continue to try and find a balance between just doing a piece because I want to and doing a piece with the mindset to sell it as something. I think that is always the hardest when it comes to selling your artwork as an artist, I don’t want to be too commercial and lose what made my want to do art in the first place.

The best way I started overcoming this for myself is limiting different designs for every few months to make into merchandise. This helps me know what is going to be my art prints, stickers, etc and allows me to still draw what I want.

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 would definitely have to say going to a museum, the beach or lake. I always enjoy exploring nature and being near water. Then with museums there’s always different exhibits to vistmit and see, even some fun interactive experiences.

And of course just trying new places to eat! A good boba shop is always a must.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would definitely like to shout out my family and my friends first and foremost. They always give me overwhelming support. Those who follow along with my journey! Also the countless organizers and business owners that give me plenty of opportunities to showcase my art: SB FoodFest, Creative Grounds Studio, The Garcia Center of the Arts, Viva La Boba, Mujeres Market and The ArtLands. There’s many more and I appreciate them all so much!

Website: amaroart.shop

Instagram: @amaroart96

Twitter: @amaroart96

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