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

Hi Desirae, what’s the most important thing you’ve done for your children?
Wow that’s a big question! I think one of the most important things I’ve done as a parent is to not just tell them to have faith, believe in themselves, to have compassion and be kind, but to try and lead by example. Kids learn more by what they see us as parents do than what we simply tell them to do. Whatever I want to instill in them, I’m constantly reminded that I have to model that for them and become it myself.

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’ve been an Artist of some sort all throughout my life. I taught myself how to do the Acrylic Pour painting technique back in 2017 after I became a full time entrepreneur. This style of art allowed me to freely express myself and create a type of artwork that was calming, visually stimulating, and beautiful to add to anything including functional and wearable art. Creating abstract art has been a very therapeutic outlet for me as well. One of my biggest challenges has been practicing patience and not letting self-doubt get in the way of my decisions. I’ve needed patience with discovering my own art style, and exposure to the right audience who would not only admire my work, but also become customers and clients. I’ve needed to release self-doubt from wondering if this was the right path, if I’m creating valued art and products, plus how I’ll continue to scale the business side into a sustainable income source that supports my family. However, in those moments when I’m challenged with patience and silencing self-doubt, I feel God sends someone or something in my path to remind me I’m on the right path. In their unique ways they remind me that everything is truly going to be alright. I want to continue making art that elevates people’s space and mood. I want my art to be a reminder that there is still wonder, beauty and positivity in this world to enjoy – even on the hardest and darkest days. I want my art to inspire people to keep going and never give up having bold faith in themselves and their life. I don’t think I could ever go wrong with this – it’s one of my biggest contributions to the world.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There is so much to do and see in Central Florida and I’m right in the middle of some great cities. For a small town feel to get warmed up for the week, I’d start in Lakeland and take them to eat at The Joinery a local food hall where they can choose from a variety of food styles. It’s laid back, sits across from a beautiful lake to take a stroll and a quick walk to the scenic downtown. On another day we could go to Orlando and do some shopping at the Outlet malls or do a fun activity on International Drive and have a bite with live music at B.B. Kings Blues Club. We could end the week by visiting Tampa Bay, check out the Florida Aquarium, Busch Gardens, or hang out later at Amateur Works – because hello, more yummy food options.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to give a shout-out to my husband, Sam Ofori and our little boys for supporting my dream, being patient with me and rooting me on! I also would like to shout-out my parents, family, friends & my DeKelis family who buy-in to my dream and encourage me to keep going.

Website: www.dekelisartstudio.com

Instagram: Instagram.com/dekelisartstudio

Facebook: www.facebook.com/dekelisartstudio

Youtube: www.youtube.com/desiraeofori

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