We had the good fortune of connecting with D Marcell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi D, what role has risk played in your life or career?
There’s this quote, “Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” by Helen Keller that has begun to speak loudly to me and I think it perfectly defines risk in my life. I grew up on the Eastside of Denver and Montbello where you don’t see many artists growing up. I mean, people did art but there weren’t any “artists” per se, let alone ones that looked like myself. So, the idea of wanting or even becoming an artist never entered my mind, honestly. My whole goal when I was younger was to graduate high school and get my mom a Volvo. I can’t tell you why a Volvo and not a BMW or Mercedes….or even a house – it just had to be a Volvo. Of course, the only way to make that happen was to get out and get a real job so, that’s what I did. Over time, as a creative, there was no way to avoid your calling. One can only be so creative with excel spreadsheets. At some point, you just have to bet on yourself to see what you’re worth. To me, that’s what risk is all about .
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.
Good questions! You know, art is so subjective that I don’t think you have to do much to separate yourself if you’re being honest with your art. Ya know, I’m really excited about how my art has progressed over the years. Initially, I used a ton of dark colors – to the point, my mom thought I was depressed. Maybe I was and didn’t know it. Honestly, I didn’t really understand how to use or mix colors at that time so the dark scale was my two-step. I’ve destroyed so many canvases try figuring out how to bring some of these pictures in my mind to life. It’s hard creating professionally and not becoming a print company – you know, kind of just painting the same picture over and over again. The hardest lesson has been patience. Not feeling pressure to produce a painting. Creativity is a flow that sometimes you can’t control. There are times when I’ll create 8 paintings in a weekend! There are other times when I’m just staring at a large white square for 3 hours. Those are the time I used to struggle with. I would get anxious feeling that I had to make something and make something now! But I’ve learned to chill out and slow things down. When that anxiety rises, instead of running to a canvas expecting magic to happen, I’m now realizing that it’s okay if magic doesn’t happen and use those moments to flesh out ideas on unfinished pieces. The biggest lesson I’ve learned though is to trust yourself. Listen, you’re going to meet people who look at you crazy when you tell them your dreams. You’re going to have times when you doubt yourself. But you have to look within, trust, and believe. I want the world to know, first off, HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Also that we are all capable of extraordinary things if we put the work and belief behind it. Dare yourself to be great! Pursue your purpose! If that means putting together excel spreadsheets, do that! If it’s being a policeman, fireman, artist, musician, whatever, pursue it! I’m sure 2020 hasn’t just enlightened myself. We all have to make that jump. I want you to know that we’re all in this together.
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.
Ain’t nobody visiting nobody… there’s covid in these streets. Just thinking about it makes me tear up. RIP 2020
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There’s are so many! I’ve been through so many phases. This could totally turn into one of those Grammy speeches that get cut off by the music. I honestly feel that anyone that’s has liked a post, bought a painting, bought a shirt, downloaded a song, given me the best advice, hug, whatever it may have been, I appreciate you all!