13: Leaping into life as a full time Artist with Christa David

Christa David is an artist and writer, fusing the mediums of painting, collage and assemblage to create and recreate stories about home, belonging, faith, and identity. She spent most of her career life as a senior public health researcher in NYC before quitting her job and eventually taking the leap to making art full time. In 2018, she was named one of ten inaugural Tila Studios Garden Fellows. Her work is held in personal collections throughout the United States and has been most recently exhibited at Longwood Gallery at Hostos College in Bronx, NY and PRIZM Art Fair at Art Basel in Miami Beach. She currently lives in Atlanta and is the mother of one grown daughter.

In this episode Christa warmly shares about her journey as a single parent and how art has transformed her life. She talks candidly about her leap into being a full time artist (hint: her advice might not be what you think!) and shares some tips for finding clarity around your path. Christa generously talks through the ways she has built up her career and how to get your work in front of people + build relationships with collectors.


Find more of Christa’s work on her website (https://www.christadavid.com) and connect with her on Instagram @christadavid.art

“As Many Stories As Windows”, Original hand-cut collage inspired by the work and words of James Baldwin. “I love America more than any other country in the world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” , 9″ x 12″, 2018.
Christa David
Christa’s work in progress
Christa and her daughter Nikierra
“Like Giants They Stood. The End.” hand cut collage and photograph on paper, 7″ x 10″, 2018.
“The Exchange”, hand-cut collage, photograph and acrylic paint on paper, 22″ x 30″, 2018.
Christa’s studio work in progress
“America and me: it’s complicated ok?”, hand cut collage on paper, 9″x12″, 2018.

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