My name is Dezerai but I go by Dez or Dezlasoul. I am a 25y/o artist from Los Angeles & I’ve been an artist since elementary. When I was a little girl I started taking interest with poetry. So I started writing daily and eventually started writing songs. I grew up around a very musically and artistic family so I knew I had a passion in me waiting to come out. As I grew older my mind needed another way to express, with no drawing experience or knowledge I never attempted to paint because I thought I wasn’t talented enough but it took years of depression to make me realize that talent has nothing to do with it, it’s all passion. My painting life started with a random rush coming home from work. Stopped by the store, picked up a canvas and paint, and I’ve been painting ever since. My medium is mainly acrylic on canvas, but as my passion grows so does my creativity, now I Paint on anything I can get my hands on from bags, to mirrors, to murals, to records, to wood, etc. and about 95% of all my creations are freestyle. With my painting journey bring myself back to life I was motivated to give back to all artists in the community so I created a movement called Creatizm, a community collective which rebirths the appreciation for art and decolonizes the new expectations of art and presenting it to the world. Art has given me a new meaning to life, I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for painting, which is why I want to appreciate my art as much as possible. These are my battle scars on canvas, and they mean everything to me. I don’t care at all for talent, it’s the passion that keeps me going and I will forever create because that’s what life is about. We are creations ourselves so it is up to us to keep creating, no matter what it be.