Adrienne La Faye

All people are born into the world with a purpose. However, family, society, gender bias, and socioeconomics, etc., have dissuaded us from utilizing our passions. Daily we must persevere to reclaim our True-Selves." ~Adrienne La Faye~

    BIOGRAPHY

I was introduced to finger painting in kindergarten at five years old and immediately fell in love with the colors. So much so, I starting eating the paint because I thought it would taste like oranges, grapes or strawberries, of course, I was wrong and I stopped. However, at that moment I knew I was an Artist. I don't know how I knew, but I knew.

As a young adult, I came out as a same-gender loving woman and I was immediately ostracized from my family, church and friends, and lost everything dear to me. I had nowhere to turn. Being a sheltered preacher's kid I had limited knowledge about the outside world.

At first, I thought at least I would be free of other people’s opinions... However, that was short-lived, because I was raised to believe that my lifestyle was a guaranteed road to HELL. I did believe that I only deserved a horrible life. With that mindset, unfortunately, I became an addict.

Twelve years later I was a hopeless addict who wanted to die. I was so ashamed of myself, and I didn't know how to heal. I couldn't go back to where I'd come from and I couldn't continue to kill myself.

I don't remember who told me where I could get help to get clean, but in my emotional bankrupt state, I knew I had to get there. I entered into a drug treatment facility and failed twice. The third time seemed to stick, and I finally got clean & sober on February 14, 2000.

Unequivocally it was the HARDEST THING I HAVE EVER HAD TO DO IN MY LIFE. Often I still question figuratively how I made it out of the depths of hell? The only answer I can come up with is, it was God's intervening grace that saved me.

After an unbelievable amount of hard work, pain, sweat, and tears, a couple of decades later, I became a full-time professional artist, in 2010. Thank God, I was educated before I had ever picked up a pipe, otherwise, I'm sure I would not have graduated. I studied at the U of W and the Art Insitute of Seattle.

At thirteen years of being clean & sober, it was the right time to repay the folks and organizations who had assisted in mine recovery. It was my obligation to offer my help to anyone who wanted it, and I still feel this way.    

As an African American painter, an author, and a Community Social Justice Art Educator, I was charged with battling the daily War of inequality. Which meant learning how to level the artistic playing field. How do I convert my artistic skills to be an Agent Of Change? I wrestled with how would I incorporate social justice into my art?

I realized that I had been using art as a vehicle in conjunction with social justice as a narrative for years. I remembered how I incorporated ideas, concepts, and ideology, into my work. That's how I came up with the idea to teach folks how to socially and conscientiously paint. That was the beginning of the #TRUE ME MOVEMENT, and I would build up from there.

I began by writing a Painting Workshop proposal to one of the local drug rehab facility that had assisted in my recovery. I presented my idea to the program director who was ecstatic that I would donate and pay my recovery forward to their clients.

I thought in my first workshop I would be teaching adults. However, my work began with children, and I was honored because I've always loved kids of all ages.

My first class was revelatory. The children related to my honesty about my past drug usage, because they were dealing with Juvenile Drug Court. Also, not one child had ever taken an art class, which made them thirsty to learn about Art. We became kindred spirits.

I taught them how to paint their feelings and how to expose the secrets that incarcerated their minds. I instructed them how to extract poisons, agonies, and sufferings; healing their scars and wounds by unleashing and clarifying so they could leave their pain on the canvas.

Now, after eight years I'm reassessing my life's work, which has been instrumental to educate all types of folks how to paint their voices who had been systemically socially marginalized.

As an evolving socially driven artist, and my life's work is about agility, inclusion, and processing creativity.

Currently, I've decided to broaden my scope by reaching out to the mass population of incarcerated Black Women who have never been heard.

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