This is D3 The Concrete, bringing you fashion from the street!

Now, you may be thinking, “What’s with the artwork, D3?” This has NOTHING to do with streetwear!” To that sentiment, I say this: streetwear is, both consciously, and subconsciously, artistic expression ON clothing. Besides, I like art, and I believe that good art, should be exposed for people to see the world over.

But, enough about that, let’s talk about Norma Stark. For those that didn’t get a chance to go to the RAWArtists Showcase last week, you missed something dope. Norma was one of the individuals there that was exhibiting and I had to reach out to her, because her art was very compelling. Check out my interview of her below and as always, tell us what you think about it in the comments!

###

(Writer’s Note: All photos provided by Norma Stark.)

1) Tell us who you are and where you are from?
My name is Norma Stark. I am a Texas girl, grew up in Lake Jackson (about one and a half hour south of Houston). Moved to Houston in 2001.
2) Give us your story, as it relates to art: when did you begin to participate in creating art?
I have always been interested in art and crafts and was able to take private lessons when I was 14 for about a year (oil paints). Then I went to high school and did not do well in Art class, so I let it go and turned my attention to photography. Then fast forward about 30 years and I was getting “burnt out” with life. With my son’s encouragement I started painting again and haven’t looked back.
3) In your bio, I noticed that you stated your son helped you to find your passion, in the art of painting. How has it been treating you?
It is awesome, I feel young again. When I paint I feel such peace, it is a stress reliever for me. I am excited about my future and can’t wait to see what my art looks like ten years from now
4) When you and I spoke at the RAW Artists Showcase, you stated that the medium for some of your pieces was something called “alcohol ink”. What is that?
Basically alcohol ink is a liquid dye. It is usually used on non-porous surfaces (synthetic paper, glass, metal…) It is very fast drying, but you can use rubbing alcohol to thin it and help move it around on your surface.
5) What is the message that you are trying to articulate through your art?
Without getting too deep, I just want to spread a little joy to people through my art and bring glory to God. There [are] always going to be struggles in life and if I can have someone look at my art and smile, then I have won.
6) Any practical advice for young artists that are coming up and desire to pursue it as a profession?
First, not everyone will like or understand your art and that is OK. Second, there are so many opportunities to showcase your art through social media. Take advantage of this and treat it as a job. And lastly, do not try and imitate what everyone else is doing, but experiment with different mediums and techniques to find your own style. 

Check out Norma Stark’s art on IG:

https://www.instagram.com/norma_stark/