Today we’d like to introduce you to Rodney Bulls.
Hi Rodney, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I owe a lot of where I am today as an artist to one of my best friends/brothers but I’ll bring that full circle in a moment. Let’s start from the beginning. My father passed down his natural gift of art and creativity to my 2 biological brothers and I. I was maybe five in the first grade and brought home a picture of SpongeBob that I drew at school that my mom swore I traced. I was adamant that I didn’t trace it and returned to my room to draw something else as proof. Over the years I would draw and paint for leisure, and excel in art class. Growing up there was a stigma that there wasn’t any real money in the Art world, which discouraged most from ever pursuing it further than art class went. I applied and got accepted into Sudbrook middle magnet school for their Visual Arts program where I initially met the previously mentioned bro. Fast forward, this friend of mine went on to a great school for art with the intentions of pursing art full-time when he graduated despite the stigma of not being able to live a luxurious life from it. I continued to draw and paint for my own pleasure, and he pushed me to submit my work and join an art show back in 2016 to test the waters. The results of that first show gave me the hope and put a battery in my back to take art seriously ever since. I’ve had plenty of ups and downs and hiatuses but I still get motivated from seeing both of our successes over the years. I’m now the most consistent and basking in the greatest year in my art career thus far, but I never not give credit to JLaw and my family for pushing me forward to take my art serious.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
My art journey has had plenty of ups and downs but I would say when I give art my time, thought and attention, the results are fruitful. I’ve been a part of shows and sold nothing, as well as been a part of shows and sold nearly my entire collection. I’ve always been a pretty very confident person with creative concepts so when I take my craft seriously it resonates with people and gives me more motivation to continue. I’ve faced the common struggles of creative blocks and not having time or space to paint (at a point of time I was hanging huge 4’x5’ canvases on my bedroom wall and sitting on my bed to paint)
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’m a visual artist with a background in graphic design dating back to 2006 in 6th grade. I’ve evolved to a pretty decent painter and recently started tackling murals. I’m also a co-founder of a Baltimore-based art collective by the name of Creatively Mindful, where our mission is to push the envelope and bring light to local and emerging artists from our hometown through art shows. The impact that our collective has had on the masses is probably what I’m most proud of to be honest. I have had great encounters with people and priceless reactions from clients, recipients, and viewers of my artwork but the fact that we can provide a platform to showcase the talent of others is super valuable in this city known for more negative factors.
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