Delmaine Donson/ 26 years old/ Mitchell’s Plain, Cape Town, South Africa
I feel like I came out of the womb in love with art. I genuinely can’t even remember a time that I didn’t love to draw. I was the child who would spend hours and hours laying on my bedroom floor just drawing and creating. As I grew older I fell in love with photography and made a career out of it. In my early twenties I was very focused on my career and it kept me super busy, I stopped drawing and painting for a long time. A few years in fact. This year I fell in love with it all over again! The minute I see a beautiful woman of colour, I feel inspired. There’s just something about dark skin and curly hair that captures me. The way light hits dark skin is art in itself. There’s really nothing like it. I find a lot of my inspiration on Instagram- on profiles that celebrate black beauty and curly hair.
My Creative process is pretty simple. I make myself a nice cup of tea, sit down in front of my computer, and let the creative juices flow. It depends on the mood of the day too. Try to picture a quiet Sunday afternoon. Me in my onesie, sipping tea and my cat Ava on my lap purring away whilst I paint. Those are the best painting sessions to me. When everything is quiet. When everything is relaxed. Most times I’d know exactly what I want to paint when I sit down in front of my computer and other times I sit down not having a clue. I always paint when I’m happy, rarely when I’m sad or angry. I paint when I feel content and at peace.
Creativity and the ability to express myself through this medium means everything to me! It’s who I am. To me being an artist is spiritual and powerful. I’m able to create and change and grow all the time. I’m so grateful that I’ve been blessed with the ability to see the world through different eyes. To me my art is a celebration of the beauty of woman.
I’d love it if my art could change people’s perceptions of beauty. I want it to make people see women of colour differently. Not just as loud and bold, but soft and delicate too. More than anything I just want to create a world where little brown and black girls can grow up knowing that they are beautiful and knowing that the world sees them that way too. The most valuable lesson I’ve learned as a creative is that you never stop growing, you never stop learning, and that every good thing takes time.
Love and Light,