Pastel Rae and Her Life-Changing Art
We have a chat with artist, Pastel Corbet, who drops one of the most humble and introspective interviews that we have had yet. If you don’t get inspiration from this interview, you may want to check your pulse. And yes, her name really is Pastel. Check it out, then be sure to go to www.pastelrae.com to check out her artworks!
Pastel, describe what makes you unique in your creation of art and in your way of life. In other words, as we like to say here, what makes you EaRiE?
Pastel: Besides the fact that my name is Pastel, I would say that what makes me unique is that I paint from my heart. I don’t just paint what I see, I take what I see and recreate it by adding a piece of me. I incorporate my emotions into every piece.
How did you first discover your love of painting art? When and how did you decide that you wanted to pursue it?
As cliché as it may sound, I’ve been drawing since I can remember. I can remember I was sitting in the house watching tv and I pulled my favorite daffy duck shirt out of the dirty clothes hamper and sat there teaching myself how to draw daffy duck. It was the most basic drawing but I felt like I was so cool.
I never thought I would pursue art. It wasn’t until I was living in LA super depressed with my life that I started painting again. I would work all day and then go home and paint. Next thing I knew I had painted like 15 paintings, decided to quit my job and was like, I’m gonna move back to Sacramento and have an art show. I had maybe $250 to my name, no job, no car and no idea what I was doing but I took a stab in the dark. Planned my show in a month, sold 24 paintings and right then is when I realized I was good enough.
Many of your paintings involve the female body figure. What do these paintings symbolize to you? Is there a message behind it?
I think I express my insecurities through my paintings. There’s no such thing as perfect and many people including myself struggle with society’s view of the ‘Perfect woman” so I want people to see the way I perceive woman: All Beautiful all different shapes, sizes, colors and that’s it’s okay to be different and still be a beautiful work of art !
What is the biggest kick-starter of your creative process? For example, do you have to be in a certain room, eat a certain meal, etc?
Music! Hands down, music. From lil wayne “Hustler Music” to Etta James “Sunday Kinda Love”. It has to be loud like to the point where it drowns out every sound around me. I just have to be able to feel the words in order to get started
With your paintings on your site, pastelrae.com, you showcase artwork that you’ve done. There seems to be a growth or evolution of your style. How has your painting style grown over the years?
In the beginning I was depressed and unhappy and it showed through my work. Everything was dark, about heart break and the things going on in the world such as black America. Im at a stage in my life now where I’m happy so my work has changed. Painting everyday has helped with my growth but so have my clients. They challenge me and get me out of my comfort zone.
Being an artist is a growing process and my art is a reflection of my story and my journey. The beginning chapter was finding my passion through a dark period of my extremely indecisive life, the middle chapter was me finding my strengths and weaknesses and now I’m in a chapter where I’m challenging my abilities.
Your favorite painting and why?
That is a hard one. A lot of my original work is a huge part of my life struggles and success so they are super meaningful to me. I can say that my favorite paintings are definitely from my first art show back in 2012. They represent who I am
If you couldn’t paint anymore and you had to choose another art form to replace it, what would it be?
I would be a singer. Is that an art form? But I don’t sound good either so I wouldn’t be successful. I really don’t not know what I would do hahaha. I couldn’t imagine not painting anymore. If I had to choose it would be something music related.
At the end of the day, what would you like people to take away from your artwork? What would you like for them to take away from you as an artist? (any overall messages?)
I want people to see me through my work. I want them to see and feel how passionate I am. I want the chance to impact someone’s life by giving them a chance to view things through my mind and my creativity. I don’t want to target a specific audience I want to engage EVERYONE. I want the opportunity to test and challenge myself in areas that are unfamiliar to me.
Mostly I want people to be inspired. Not be inspired to paint but be inspired to try. For instance I knew I liked art and was pretty good at it but as I mentioned I was in a dark place when I began this journey and once I found the inspiration I’ve been happy ever since. My overall advice is be inspired to take a shot and follow your dreams because if you don’t you’ll never be happy.
I want people to understand that I’m not pursuing art for the fame or the money, I’m pursuing art because without it I don’t know where I would be.