Artist Spotlight: Masu McLemore

Love for your craft is one thing, but the level of dedication adds an entirely new meaning to the word…arrist-titleMasu, you are a self-taught artist with beautiful visions, and you have a lot to show for it.  Was there inspiration for you to start painting such as family or another artist…or was it just a hobby that grew into a passion?
My father is an artist, my grandma is an artist, my grandfather is a movie director and the list continues. I was born into a family of artists in many different forms, and I just happened to choose the fine art path.
I originally wanted to be a singer/songwriter, and I’d draw to relieve stress. I ended up getting really good at drawing and enjoyed it more so I stopped writing, but I’m also a great writer. It’s a hidden talent that I only really share with loved ones.

What was the most difficult thing for you starting out as an artist?
Finding my style was the most difficult thing for me. It’s hard trying to put all your thoughts onto paper and/or a canvas.

I have noticed that a lot of your pieces have a musical aspect to them. Why these specific artists, and which piece is your favorite thus far?
I pick artists based off of what I like and not what everyone else likes. I don’t really listen to many of today’s new artists because their music lacks substance to me. So I pick artists that have moved me in some way and have gotten me out of a funk at some point in my life. My favorite piece is my To Pimp a Butterfly painting (Shown bottom right) Blavity  officially has it in their art gallery, but I hold it near and dear to my heart.
It’s also the first painting where I introduced my signature monarch butterfly.

You attended Otis College of Art and Design and the School of Visual Arts. What made you choose a different route, and do you think that this change was for the better?
I left Otis specifically because I was no longer happy there, and I was no longer happy in LA. Going to SVA gave me a lot of clarity, and it actually pushed me to work harder. It was a difficult time, but it did in fact change me into the artist I am today.
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How do you feel about everything that is going on in the world today? You have a Black Lives Matter inspired painting that I love. Tell me about it.
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All the violence going on isn’t something I really like to speak on. Gun violence has taken away a lot of my family members and friends so I decided to let my art speak for itself. It really just symbolizes pain and hurt. The butterfly is something precious and delicate and a gun is exactly what it is a weapon of mass destruction. In this piece the butterfly is me that’s why the piece is called When You Murdered Them, a Part of Me DIED Too.  Every black and brown person killed I feel the pain, I feel the hurt, like them I feel.

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You have a full sleeve that includes part of an Audrey Kawasaki painting, Forever Still. It’s beautiful! What inspired this?
I have multiple tattoos, which is a bit crazy to me at times. My sleeve is inspired by my life, it represents me specifically. All of my ink has to do with something that happened in my life. I love flowers, sunflowers and roses specifically; elephants are my favorite animal and I respect Buddhism and their worship towards Ganesha, and Audrey Kawasaki is one of my favorite artists. All that tied with henna like designs is how my sleeve came about. I also have a hummingbird on my neck, writing on my right wrist, a rose on my right hand, a Michelangelo quote and piece on my right forearm, roses on my right wrist, and angel wings on the back of my neck which all symbolize something, but I’d be talking forever if I explained each one.

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My dream art studio consists of floor to ceiling windows, all white, wooden floors, and high ceilings. I want nothing but greenery on the outside, something like my own forest that I can stare at as I paint and the breeze hits my face. I want to be able to watch the bees, the butterflies, and the birds sing. I want a white crocheted hammock where I can rest and read on my down time and an upstairs loft where my bed and other essentials will be. Lots of crystals, dream catchers, and candles will surround my space keeping all the negative energy away from me and my art. Also, no shoes will be worn in my space. No outsiders will be allowed in my space unless something special is taking place. It’ll be like my secret sanctuary.

What is your next move? Any current/upcoming projects that you can speak on?
I have a lot of moves that I can’t speak of currently, but I can say look out for a solo art show coming this December.

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Masu, you are an amazing artist with such a beautiful spirit. Thank you for taking the time to share pieces of your journey. Congratulations on all your accomplishments, and best wishes on all your future projects!

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The Interview | Alex Undone

Art is an expression…A showcase of creative skill & imagination. Visual seduction to be appreciated for its beauty. Bringing emotion to the surface and leaving you with a lasting impression. A textured foundation with a beautiful silhouette…manifesting in her dreams.
I introduce to you Alexandra Cunningham.
A model…An artist.

I came across Alex in the YouTube video “PROMBOYISH: The Ultimate Tomboy Prom Lookbook” on Ari Fitz’s TOMBOYISH channel.

My initial thoughts were…Wow, she is GORGEOUS! Who is this woman?  Her look is really different…What’s her story? So, after a little digging and sending of emails …

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Where are you from, and what is your current city?
GERMANY RAISED ME… L.A. CHANGED ME.

How was your experience growing up in Germany?
I WOULDN’T CHANGE IT FOR THE WORLD. GERMANY IS AND WILL ALWAYS BE HOME. GROWING UP AS A MILITARY BRAT OVERSEAS TAUGHT ME TO APPRECIATE OTHER CULTURES AND OUR DIFFERENCES IN SOCIETY.

You most definitely bridge the gap between women’s fashion and menswear. Did you anticipate this when you first got into the industry, or did it catch you by surprise?
I KNEW MY LOOK WAS DIFFERENT FROM MOST GIRLS, BUT I DIDN’T KNOW THERE WAS A WORD FOR IT. I WAS FIRST INTRODUCED TO THE TERM “ANDROGYNY” A FEW YEARS AGO.  I WILL SAY, WHO AND WHERE I AM AT THIS POINT IN MY LIFE FEELS LIKE THE CLOSEST I’VE EVER BEEN TO MY TRUE SELF. I’M EDGY. I STAND OUT, AND I’M 110% OK WITH IT.


Outside of modeling, you are certainly an artist. How long have you been painting, and what inspires you to create?
TWO YEARS OR SO MAYBE? I STILL FEEL LIKE A NEWBIE TO THE ART WORLD. I’M LESS FOCUSED ON SOMEONE INSPIRING ME AND MORE FOCUSED ON EXPERIMENTING, HAVING FUN, AND LEARNING ALONG THE WAY.


So, your first art show was last August. That’s huge! Congratulations on your success! How was that experience for you?
IT WAS NERVE WRECKING AND AMAZING AT THE SAME TIME. I THINK IT CAN BE HARD FOR ANY ARTIST TO PUT THEIR WORK OUT THERE. YOU NEVER KNOW HOW IT’S GOING TO BE RECEIVED. I SUPPOSE THAT’S ALSO THE BEAUTY OF IT…..
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Feeling and emotion are definitely a part of any craft, whether it be modeling or painting. In photographs…It shows through your facial expressions…it’s in your eyes. Painting…expression is in every stroke. You once wrote…
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What was your breakthrough moment when you started channeling all of that creative energy?
THERE IS NO BREAKTHROUGH MOMENT. THERE IS NO MAGIC “AHA” WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’RE THERE NOW. IT’S GRADUAL. IT’S A SLOW PROCESS. IT HAS TAKEN ME YEARS TO GET HERE, AND EVERY SINGLE DAY I WORK TO BETTER MYSELF, EXPRESS MORE, AND GET IT TO TRANSLATE THROUGH MY MEDIUM OF CHOICE.
How has this new way of thinking changed you as a person?
EVENTUALLY, YOU REACH A POINT IN YOUR LIFE WHERE YOU ARE JUST FED UP. YOU’RE TIRED OF NOT SEEING RESULTS, TIRED OF NOT BEING WHERE YOU WANT TO BE. I HAD TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR SOME OF MY ACTIONS (OR LACK THEREOF) AND REALLY GO FOR WHAT IT WAS I WANTED. I’M STILL ON THAT JOURNEY…..

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On your journey to personal growth, what new aspects did you bring into your life?
CHANGE AND SACRIFICE ARE ESSENTIAL. GROWTH IS PAINFUL, AND  YOU WILL QUICKLY DISCOVER WHO’S THERE TO PUSH YOU FORWARD OR FIGHTING TO KEEP YOU BACK.

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On your journey to personal growth, what new aspects did you bring into your life?
CHANGE AND SACRIFICE ARE ESSENTIAL. GROWTH IS PAINFUL, AND  YOU WILL QUICKLY DISCOVER WHO’S THERE TO PUSH YOU FORWARD OR FIGHTING TO KEEP YOU BACK.

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Day or Night? BOTH I’M A MORNING PERSON + NIGHT OWL. WHAT IS SLEEP?
Coffee or Tea? COFFEE, STARBUCKS PLEASE
Clothes or Bare it all? CLOTHES. GOTTA LEAVE SOMETHING TO THE IMAGINATION EVERY ONCE IN AWHILE .
Movies or Books? EH, I’D LIKE TO SAY BOTH, BUT I HAVEN’T FOUND TIME FOR EITHER LATELY. I HAVE A SHORT ATTENTION SPAN THESE DAYS. I’M MAKING A GREATER ATTEMPT TO READ MORE THOUGH.
Boots or Heels? HEELS BABY! I’M ALREADY TALL, MAY AS WELL HAVE FUN WITH IT. NO KITTEN HEELS HERE !

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If you could go back and give advice to your younger self…What would you say?
DEAR BABY ALEX,
NEVER AGAIN PUT YOUR WORTH IN THE HANDS OF PEOPLE WHO DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU HAVE TO OFFER THIS WORLD. LOVE YOURSELF…..IT GETS BETTER.

Alex, thank you for letting me get in your head for a little bit. You are such a sweetheart, and I wish you the best on your journey. Continue to strive…make your dreams become a reality!

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According to Jessie

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After a little Q & A session last week, I figured today would be the perfect day to talk about Mr. Jessie T. Usher. Can you say Man Crush Monday? This young actor is really making a name for himself. As the star of the hit series Survivor’s Remorse, portraying Cam Calloway, Jessie has gained quite a fan base.

The series starts out telling the story of the Cam & the rest of the Calloway family after he signs a multimillion-dollar contract with an Atlanta basketball team. Now in 2016, the show is on its third season.

If you haven’t seen the show, you are MISSING OUT!

In case you missed that last part…I’ll say it again.

Season 3 of Survivor’s Remorse airs July 24, 2016.

Fun Fact: Jessie might kill it on-screen as basketball star Cam Calloway, but when I asked what some of his favorites were, he stated…

“As far as sports go, my favorite to watch is football.”


Steven Hiller was portrayed by Will Smith in the 1996 Oscar-winning film Independence Day. You know the story right? Hostile aliens try to take over, and the military tries to stop them? Well, Jessie has been busy shooting in the deserts of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He will be starring as Dylan Hiller, son of Steven Hiller, in Independence Day: Resurgence!

The official release date for Independence Day: Resurgence is June 24, 2016.  Have you watched the trailer? If not, check it out right here!


Last year, Jessie stated that as far as upcoming projects, he would use  his “fourth quarter move”. He was looking for something toward the end of the year, but it had to “fit”.

Towards the end of this year, you will be seeing him in another movie entitled Almost Christmas. This Universal Pictures film is definitely promising.

The_PlotAfter the passing of their mother, a less than sane family gathers for Christmas. All that is asked of them is to get a long….for 5 long days. They can do it…right? Not without some difficulty….ok…I lied. A lot of difficulty!

The_CastKimberly Elise, Omar Epps, Danny Glover, Romany Malco, Mo’Nique, Nicole Ari Parker, J.B. Smoove, Gabrielle Union, DC Young Fly and of course…Jessie T. Usher!

With an all-star lineup like this, Almost Christmas is definitely on my wish list.

The release date for this film has been set for November 11, 2016.

Fun Facts: When I asked Jessie who inspired him the most, he said his parents. Jessie has been accomplishing great things since he was a kid: Being little Simba in the Lion King on Broadway in New York & performing in Shakespeare in D.C.


Everyone has a hobby, and every time I turn around…Jessie has a camera in his hand! I wanted to know what got him into photography….So of course I asked. His answer…

Jessie: “My desire to start directing. I figured it’d be a good idea to start looking at things thru a lens.”

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“Photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place. I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
– Elliot Erwitt

Fun Facts: Not only does he enjoy photography, but Jessie studied Culinary Arts when he moved out to California from Maryland, and he loves Indian food.


Jessie, congratulations on all your accomplishments! You are doing so many great things, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you. Also, thank you for taking the time to participate in my Q & A. You’re a sweetheart.


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Artist Spotlight: Dre Price

Vision is a captivating thing.  It opens your eyes….It evokes emotion within you…. & the end result could even bring about a new perspective, but….when is the last time your vision consumed you?  A moment so passionate….A moment so emotional?
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I introduce to you the talented Andréa Price.

Because her vision consumed her….We now know her artistry….Dre Price Art.


She’s Tennessee native, but long time H-Town representer with crazy creativity!
I came across Dre back in 2013 when she portrayed a very bold character named Marty in a web series called Girl Play.

I have kept up with her since then, and she has accomplished so many amazing things.


I can honestly say that she is one of my favorite artists, and I specifically wanted her for the first Artist Spotlight segment! Thank you Dre for letting me get in your head for a little bit.
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Your artwork is truly amazing, and very different from any that I have seen. What inspires you, and how do you stay motivated?
“Thank you! Life inspires me. I’m in a place right now, where I am using my daily experiences, photography and dreams to influence my work.  I feel the work transitioning into a more personal space.”

I read in your bio on dreprice.com that after your accident in 2011, Dre Price Art was founded. Is there a difference between Dre Price and Andréa Price?

“No, same person.  Dre is a nickname that friends and family call me. It seemed natural to go by that. Dre is also a bit androgynous, so I appreciated the added mystique of it.”


You have your foot in so many doors….Whether it be acting, painting, modeling, illustrating or photography. Are you working on any new projects that you can speak on?
“I was exploring a lot of artistic mediums in my past.  Experimentation is important in finding your voice as an artist. Visual art and photography are my focus now. I’m working on a few videos and some paintings.  I’ll be releasing some original smaller works on my site, dreprice.com very soon.  I also, plan to have a solo exhibition sometime in 2016 as well as many travels.”

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 You are a very soulful woman that has a way with words. What is your favorite quote to live by?

“There are so many quotes I’ve fallen in love with.  One that rings loudly right now is, ‘Comparison is the thief of joy.’- Theodore Roosevelt.  It’s a lesson that took me a long time to learn and something I encourage everyone to grasp.  You’ll be a much happier person for it.”


Throughout life, I am sure you have gained so much from all your experiences.
What would you say are the top three most important things to you? 
   
 “I truly have.  Three things, I’ve gained from my life experiences are: 

1. Love as much as you can.

2. Believe in yourself.

3. Don’t wait to travel the world.”


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