We had the good fortune of connecting with Girain Andrews-Davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Girain, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
As cliche as it sounds, I have been drawing since I was little. It’s something that has always followed me no matter what. Whenever I thought of career choices for the future, being an artist was the only thing that ever crossed my mind. I love how flexible being an artist is, as there isn’t one set way to get there. Fortunately for me art is a career path that doesn’t require a degree, which is great as I really could care less for the unnecessary courses one has to take to get to where they want to go.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m mostly proud of my Afro-vibes series which is a collection of pieces where the figures have enormous afros that take on a life of its own. I’d say that’s what I am known for the most is that series. As of recent I have not done another piece due to the fact that I am working on developing my skills to be an even better artist. Unfortunately I cannot say that I am there yet professionally, I still have some ways to go before I could ever consider myself a professional. I can say that the path to get there isn’t the easiest. Lots of research as I try and find the best way to learn as quickly and efficiently as possible. There’s a lot of useless junk out there can be a good distraction from achieving the level of skill you can attain. The main lesson I’ve learned is that you must take your time and be consistent. Without those two things, it’ll be hard to improve at anything.
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.
Some places that come to mind are the beach, Wynwood, and some museums. It really does depend on the friend and what there interests are. I have a lot of nerdy friends so I would definitely take them to a few comic book stores that are really nice, maybe go laser tag or Go-karting as well. Mini golf would also be a fun thing as well. If there’s a movie that’s out at the time I would take them to go watch it. When it comes to food, Go-Bistro is one restaurant I must take them as I love their Ramen. Moe’s Southwest Grill, If they’re from up north they wouldn’t know what a Publix is, so I would have them try out a Publix sub. Unfortunately I don’t have any fancy restaurants in mind, but they’re good spots nonetheless.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are tons of people who have helped shape where I am at in life. Of course the support of my family is the main one. Not many people are fortunate enough to have supportive parents in their life, and yet I have those. Between my mom, siblings, aunt and uncle, I have all the support an artist could need. Doesn’t stop my friends however from being there for me as well as my girlfriend. My 5th grade art teacher helped start me on my path as he noticed my artistic talent and recommended I apply to magnet art programs for middle school. My magnet art teachers as well as my college art professors have given me tons of knowledge on the subject, and have helped develop this talent into something more.