On Sunday, May 20th, a friend and fellow artist I have known since junior high school, passed away from complications related to a hit and run car accident that occurred on May 1st. Carlleena Ieasha Person, known in the artist community as Savnac, left behind a beautiful legacy. Though her life was cut much too short, the incredible journey she traveled on her way of becoming an established and respected self-taught artist has always harbored a sense of pride and amazement for me. I was honored to know someone who was so passionate about her craft and who had a relentless and admirable work ethic. Celebrating and finding the beauty in imperfections, she hustled every day to seize every opportunity to grow and work as a non-starving artist. Many hearts have been broken this week and will be for a long time to come. A celebration of her life will be held on Thursday -- it would have been her 33rd birthday. (Details about the memorial event can be found on Carlleena's fanpage on Facebook under SAVNAC MURAL DESIGNS art of Carlleena Person.)
To get a glimpse of the beautiful soul that I knew, please view the links below. And, if you have a moment to spare on Thursday, celebrate her life by finding beauty in the world, no matter how big or how small. She would have loved that.
“An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.”
- Charles Horton Cooley