Thursday, December 1, 2011

Get to Know AmW of Estetika Exposure

Get to Know AmW of Estetika Exposure

I came across this amazingly talented woman's artwork on Twitter when she posted the link to her website. (I have a thing for creativity and art.) There is always something special about people who see the world differently from most. It allows them to capture the soul of things in unique and beautiful ways that stir a wide range of emotions in those of us who appreciate such things. Enjoy and please stop by her website.

Q: At what age did you realize that you wanted to be an artist?

I’m not really sure when I recognized myself as an artist, but I do recall at a very young, perhaps 4 years old, sitting with my mother and showing her the picture of our house that I drew. I wanted to make the picture a little more interesting, so I attempted to draw our family on the outside of the house but after many attempts had failed. After much frustration, I turned to my mother asking for her help. She drew a stick figure person with clothes on it. For some reason I was just astonished by that and wanted to know how to do it. I wanted to be just as good as mommy was. So I tried and no matter what I did, I couldn’t get it to look exactly like hers. After being upset, I then became determined. I accepted that perhaps I wasn’t able to do the simplest drawing(s) so that’s when I accepted that it was okay to have my own style. From that point on I would say is when i wanted to continue to draw. I also have many talented family members who are into art and photography, so I guess it's fair to say that it runs in the family.

Q: Have you had formal training or are you self-taught?

I have no formal training in art however I did partake in basic drawing classes in high school in the late 90’s. However, I wouldn’t count that period of time because we basically traced everything while using a projector and then painting it in with water color. Now I know art comes in many forms but I felt cheated. I wanted a deeper look inside art. I wanted to explore my inner being. I want to express my feelings and emotions through art.

Q: Where do you find the inspiration for your art?

Inspiration for my art can come from people, places, emotions or just random thoughts. I also do customized art, so I communicate with a client to get a feel of who they are as well as a few basic questions and go from there.

Q: What is your creative process like?

My creative process is hard to keep up with sometimes, but I’m hanging on for the ride. At times I use my art as a means to “let off some steam”, or if I’m hyper off of coffee, (just kidding), my moods can motivate a piece of art. Sometimes I’ll just pick up a sketch pad with nothing in particular in mind that I want to draw. Wherever the lines take me is what allows me to be creative. Other times I’ll have conversations with those close to me and their vibes inspire me. So while we are talking on the phone, etc...I’m on the other line grabbing my pad and jotting random thoughts and ideas down that I envisioned, but I’m listening.

Q: What do you think makes your artistic vision so unique?

As many have told me, I paint with my soul. Its a belief of mine to do everything with love, rather its cooking or singing. When I paint, I let my heart talk on canvas and others relate to my visions.

Q: Who is your favorite artist?

I don’t currently have a favorite artist, as I don’t know too many. Therefore, I would have to say that I am the biggest fan of me. Is that wrong? I do however, appreciate the art works of other as well as brainstorming and working with others to make great art!

Q: Do you listen to music or prefer silence when you work? If you listen to music, what's on your playlist?

Sometimes I listen to music while I work but a majority of the time I prefer to work in silence and alone without spectators. My playlists consists of mostly spiritual/inspirational music. At times I find when I listen to music, based on the genre, it changes my mood as well as the look and feel of the piece, so again I prefer silence over music.

Q: Do you have a favorite piece that you've created? If you do, why does it stand out from the rest?

My very first piece which is my favorite, is called “My Africa” painted in December of 2000. This is an abstract of Africa where inside the shape of the continent you have landscape and the sun setting. But if you turn the painting upside down, you will see a mother holding her child. My Africa was based off of “Africa, The Motherland” theme. When I completed this, it absolutely blew my mind that God had allowed me to create something, and that I actually liked it. It was an awesome feeling. I only hope to continue to think outside the box and color outside the lines.

"My Africa" by AmW

Q: In terms of your career, what is the biggest challenge or obstacle?

One of the challenges that I thought I was faced with, is a challenge that I believe I have already overcome and only hope to continue to do so. That is, creating art that grabs audiences from all walks of life. Since joining social networks and talking with people all over the world and sharing my love and talent, I have been able to peak the interest of people in the USA, UK, Nigeria Africa. Truly a blessing.

Q: What has been the most amazing moment so far?

The most amazing moment thus far, has been sharing my art with the world. Discussing my passion and partaking in exciting dialect about my art and potential business opportunities, it actually is overwhelming. I honestly didn’t think I was as good as people portray me as. I stay humble and thank God everyday because I couldn’t do it without Him and the inspiration of others in my life.

Q: In a few hundred years, long after you're gone, what would you like for people to remember about you?

This is a hard question that I never really though about. I would only Hope that a hundred years from now that my work will still be appreciated and loved by many.

"Life's Journey" by AmW
"Through the hardships of love and life, tears and pain a new love is found in God." - AmW

For more art by AmW visit:

She is definitely awesome. I like her work so much that I asked her to redesign the bookcover for "Water Flows Under Doors" for me. Here's what she did:


  1. Great post, Keith. AmW does awesome, insightful work. "My Africa" is beautiful!

  2. I loved that piece myself Melodi. I'm really a fan of her work.

  3. @Medodi Roberts Thank you so much for your feedback. And Keith thank you for the opportunity. Feedback rather good or bad, fuels me to only keep pressing and working harder at what I love.

  4. You are very welcome! It was my pleasure.


  6. @cool_p_rock Thank you! Really appreciate you checking my work out and showing your support!