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

Hi Toiah, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
Most people know that art is subjective and the value is truly in the eyes of the beholder. What people may not know is that I pour my full creativity into anything I make. Sometimes several mistakes and do-overs take place before you see the actual finished work. Parting with my art is always bittersweet because I put so much thought and love into everything I do. It always feels extra special and enthralling when someone receives a piece from me & throughly appreciates the work.

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.
I am most proud of my evolving art style. I started painting in 2015. I had some difficult and challenging moments in my life during that year and I never really wanted to go home right after work. Instead, I attended various paint and sip classes a few times a week. While there, I quickly realized I not only had a knack for painting, but that it truly relaxed me and calmed my anxiety. I bought art supplies & decided to paint at home and I haven’t looked back since. I started off painting Black women & I have now branched out into using different mediums for various creations. From acrylic painting, to abstracts, to resin work.

Also, I really enjoy creating/editing videos. I combine pictures, video and music to make unique memories for the recipients. People really cherish seeing their photos and videos put together in a sentimental way. Finally, I also make funny/comedic content. I take delight in making people laugh, so this pandemic gave me some time to write, produce & record content and post on my social media. People always look forward to seeing what I’m going to do next. And you never really know what I may come up with! Art and creating is not my full time job, so I value the time I have to do these things. I’ve given away alot of free artwork throughout the years & eventually people began to purchase. I can confidently say my art/creative enterprise has grown exponentially over the years. I am always looking for ways to improve and create better.

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.
My favorite place in Los Angeles first and foremost is the beach. I would take them to a restaurant that has a fabulous view of water, such as the Penthouse at The Huntley Hotel. It’s in Santa Monica and they have a delectable menu, gorgeous decor and sweeping views of the coastline. I would also go to Hollywood/Highland to the Mann Chinese Theatre. It’s always crawling with excitement and there is nothing like seeing a movie in the historic Mann Chinese Theatre. It gives you the feeling of old Hollywood and glamorous times. The newly re-designed Century City Mall is another wonderful destination. There you can have an exquisite shopping experience combined with delectable restaurants in an outdoor setting. Del Frisco’s Steakhouse in the mall is truly divine. Another place I’ve enjoyed for years is the Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. They have a revolving cocktail lounge that slowly moves providing  you with a 360 view of downtown and the city of LA. It’s a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the sunset into the evening. It’s quite romantic too.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I dedicate this to all of my loved ones. Each person has played a significant role into getting my creative juices flowing. They have been my encouragers & supporters through it all. But a very special dedication is for my mom. She is a major supporter of the Arts & allowed me to try everything artistic since I was a child. Ballet, art, ice-skating, theatre, French lessons… These various classes and outlets helped to shape my personality & desire to be creative!

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Image Credits
All images are personal photos of Toiah Gordon

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