In a time when human connection has become a rarity, art of any and all forms has become a necessity. Atlanta-based artist Linda Mitchell has had art flowing through her veins for decades. She has been a professional artist for over 35 years and continues to improve her craft and learn from experience while also seeking to uplift the Atlanta arts scene. 

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In artistic fields, people are driven away out of fear for not being able to support themselves as a creator. Despite these anxieties, passion is ultimately what drives the artist, not distresses about income or specialized training. California-based artist Christen Austin shifted from an education in science to a career as an artist. She has become an artist that works on “Capturing the essence of African American culture within a beautifully modern and surreal aesthetic.”

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“Usually people paint during the childhood, but they forget about it once they grow up. Luckily, it stayed in my mind,” said artist Lily Brik. Lily’s journey as an artist began at a young age. Her connection with painting has led to a number of projects on canvas, as well as murals around Spain. The 30-year-old muralist is just getting started, but already has some really cool work under her belt. 

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Art is a valuable tool for self-expression, while also serving as a form of activism. When tragedy strikes, creatives seek an outlet to draw attention to inequalities. Jon Key, an artist known for his dedication to justice, used art to vocalize his thoughts and feelings after the 2016 Pulse Nightclub massacre. Following the tragedy, Key focused his attention on the safety of queer and trans people of color in public spaces. 

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