We had the good fortune of connecting with TaVon Sampson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi TaVon, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I knew that if I didn’t build something for myself I would live my life working for others and regret it at the end. I read a few books and decided to turn my passion into my business
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My Art is a combination of Realism mixed with a dreamy comic Illustrative style. What separates me from others is the fact I was born to do this and That It is part of my purpose. It wasn’t something I took a class to learn. I did build my skillset over the years but had a great natural foundation to start. Aesthetically My color usage and the way I capture people is what usually draws people to my artwork.
Right now Im most proud of the fact that my art has provided a living for me and my recent accomplishment of being featured in the L.A. Times.
I got to where I am today professionally by constantly remaining a student of my crafts while consistently learning and growing. Definitely wasn’t easy, for the longest it seemed I’m possible, especially when You are not getting the support when first starting out. A lot of times I wanted to quit but I knew there would be this void feeling that nothing else would be able to fill.
Lessons I learned on this journey, Never give up, don’t listen to the negative, work hard. Most importantly, you are the only one who can truly see your vision. Hold onto that and don’t listen to anyone who tells you its impossible. you will definitely have to make some sacrifices that make you uncomfortable.
My Brand and my life are 1. Im a very personable person and so is my brand as an artist. Been through a lot in life from being diagnosed with lupus at the age of 12 to getting a kidney transplant 3 years ago. A whole bunch of complications in between as well. My Art has kept me alive through it all and I’m just grateful to be alive to share it with everyone.
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 start with Driving up the PCH for the view and going to Nobu to eat. Next go to Santa Monica Pier to vibe out for a few before hitting some bars and restaurants on the strip in Venice.
The Grove to see my art on display and also Eat at Umami Burger and have drinks.
Leimert Park on a Sunday.
Go Hiking at Runyon to see the incredible view of the city.
DTLA Arts district.
In My Bag Boutique on 6th Street DTLA
Last but not least, I would take them to hang with My Tiny Art Gallery Family. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I can’t name just one as all were very important in me becoming who I am today. First a Shoutout to all my family and Friends who always believed and encouraged me even when they didn’t know this would be possible. My Grandmother’s prayers, Mom’s “I Love you’s”, My Uncle for inspiring me to Draw when I was about 4 years old and my brothers for being my biggest fans. My High School Lacrosse Coach for teaching me the benefits of discipline. A Book titled “Take the Leap” which helped me have the right mindset to make everything happen.
Main Image by Jimmy Fontaine