We had the good fortune of connecting with Latasha Dunston and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Latasha, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I have always been independent and clashed with authority haha. From a young age I knew I wanted to be my own boss because I am a natural leader.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am one of the lucky ones. I’ve know I wanted to be an artist since the day I could hold a pencil. Art has fueled every part of my life story and it continues to do so. I had a complicated upbringing in Baltimore City and Art was always a reliable constant. I was also really good at it which made me want to keep going. The decision to attend Art school was not an easy one because my family couldn’t really afford to send me to my choice school and art did not seem like a solid career choice. I went to VCU anyway! I can be stubborn like that. But going to the number one public art school in the country at the time was very important to me. so I worked a lot of part time jobs to put myself through school, with the help of my grandmother. Jobs ranging from high school bus driver to high end decor saleswoman! It was not easy but I made it work, and I came out on top. I graduated and now I live as a full time illustrator which is incredible. I feel very blessed. But at the same time I feel very deserving because it’s been a long 25+ years of chasing my artistic dreams. Lots of rejection, lots of changed mediums, lots of confusion and faking it til you make it. I wouldn’t change a thing.
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.
Living in Denver there is so much to see and do! A lot of my go to sites for the views and nature experiences include: sunrise at red rocks amphitheater, drive to the top of Mt. Evans to see mountain goats, Lookback mountain to see views of the city, and maybe even a hike in Morrison to top it off. I’m not a huge fan of the food in this city so I would be doing most of the cooking using ingredients from my own garden haha. But then we would go to the amazing Denver Art Museum, a mural tour of RiNo and enjoying walking around the cute neighborhoods and parks tucked around the city.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d love to give a shout-out to my Grandmother! She has supported me since birth and has always championed behind my hopes and dreams. I certainly would not be where I am today without her hard work and sacrifice.