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

Hi Royce, why did you pursue a creative career?
From a young age I’ve always been drawn to colors, patterns, and an interest in creating/building visual things. With my particular style of artwork, I get to use tools of all kind, (electric saws, hammers, sanders, paint brushes, kilns. Etc) which has been my kind of therapy. I can’t go days in a row without creative outlet. I start to get anxious. So naturally I wanted to find a way to have my art make money. Nothing makes me happier than stepping into my studio.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The process for creating my work is what sets me apart from most artists. I hand glaze each ceramic tile used in my mosaics, making the colors one of a kind. I make the “canvas” for ever piece as well. Everything I make is truly hand made, unique and would be difficult to replicate.

The fact that I’m able to create long lasting works of art that are in its own category are what I’m most proud of. I’ve done many art shows and seen a lot of different styles. None are quite like my work..

I’ve gotten to where I am due to the fact that I’m not myself if I’m not creating artwork. It’s definitely not an easy path to follow, but every time in the past when I strayed away from being creative, I’d find myself in a dark place and needing to create art to get out of it. Now that I’m working on pieces daily, life just makes sense.

While I mostly sell original designs at shows and through social media, I’m always open to custom work and creating what my client wants. I just enjoy the process of making unique work that takes a knowledge and understanding of color and shape.

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’s no shortage of things to do in Miami!

For sure we’ll go to”Flanigan’s.” A south Florida staple (I also work part time at the coconut Grove location.) Then we’d go to “catch of the day” for the best fresh fish. Next we’ll experience “La Trova” for authentic Cuban food and live music.

Going to a miami heat game and visiting Bayside market will definitely be on the list. Beautiful views and fun shopping.

Next we’ll go fishing and snorkeling in key largo. Always a great time and a lot of mom and pop restaurants to choose from in that area.

Of course we’ll hit the beach, but I’d take them to Bill Baggs national park with the light house. Water is always clear and beautiful and easy to find parking.

One night in wynnwood. Street art and cool restaurants to bar hop and hang with plenty of interesting characters to people watch.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My wife Valentina Reed. She has been my rock for 12 years and counting. She has always supported my throughout our relationship and been positive through tough times. On top of that, she has given my 2 beautiful boys that keep me inspired to create and continue on this artistic path. Without them I surely would not be pursuing this more than just a hobby.

Website: Royce Reed mosaics.com

Instagram: @roycereedmosaics

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