Creatives are running laps worldwide at incredible speeds in every place on the planet. One creative breezing through her lane is 26-year-old Lacy Talley from Cleveland, Ohio. Lacy is a freelance graphic designer, illustrator, and muralist. A triple threat in the creative world, but where does one discover these types of talents? Let’s take a second to paint the picture of where she started her journey.
Lacy started exploring art and surprising herself at the young age of 4, following in her father's footsteps as he himself was also an artist. Fascinated by the numerous different works of art she witnessed her father create it stirred a desire to try art out herself, oftentimes causing her mother to question “where she got the artwork from” or “who made this” and Lacy so proudly exclaimed, “it was me, I made this”! Falling in love with art was something she never grew out of as she got older and she hasn’t hesitated to expand her crafts to new heights.
Now as an adult she showcases her skills in many forms at many different pop-ups, galleries, and art show events and has also gained many accolades for her work. To highlight just a few, Lacy was one of the creatives that helped create the FIRST EVER Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion Award, which was awarded to Carmelo Anthony and she also has a hand in an upcoming work of art, the Cleveland Summit Location marker!
Her choice to embrace the creative lifestyle and turn her passions into her career has given her the luxury of remote work which enables her to find new inspiration in many different places all over the world. Her favorite place to curate her creative vibe is in nature where she can detach from the world and social media and just be at peace. She doesn’t need too much to set the scene and get her creative juices flowing, as long as she has her ipad, laptop, sketchbook, journal, paint, crystals, tea (very important to have her tea), wifi, and where applicable a nice smelling candle, she’s all set to go.
There are days when she finds herself dealing with creative blocks, but she never lets that discourage her from trying new things or attempting to master a certain skill–even if she didn’t get it right the first time. When she feels she has hit a rut, there is one quote by Will Smith that gets her back on track, “Fear is not real. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist. Do not misunderstand me, danger is very real, but fear is a choice.”