In today’s episode, we feature one of our six 2021 NRA grant-winners, Nadyia Duff! Nadyia is a Jamaican-American artist who hails from Miami Beach, Florida. Nadyia's portraiture work, like her personality, exudes passion, energy, love, joy, and style. In our conversation with Nadyia, we talk to her about her portraiture style depicting detailed subjects against simplified, cartoonish backgrounds and how it evolved. She gets into the bright colors she uses and the way they connect to her Jamaican heritage. Nadyia has also had her fair share of struggles and we hear about health scares she had as a child and how they influenced her course of studies. On top of being a brilliant artist, Nadyia is also an art educator, and we speak to her about the current state of art education and what she is witnessing while hanging out with the younger generations in a creative context. Wrapping up, Nadyia speaks to the experience of being an artist, sharing the things that she truly values about the process and the lessons she has learned that she would share with her younger self. Here’s to a world filled with more of Nadyia's incredible portraits!
Key Points From This Episode:
The focus of Nadyia’s podcast; creatively lamenting inventions like time and money.
Slowing time down through meditation and how Nadyia meditates with tinnitus.
Nadyia’s creative routine and how she balances art-making with being an art teacher.
The subjects of Nadyia’s paintings and where she finds the models that she draws.
How Nadyia got into painting and how her style has evolved into its current form.
Nadyia’s path of education which began with medicine but transitioned into art education.
How Nadyia’s Jamaican heritage plays into the art she makes through the colors she uses.
The current state of art education; state support and conversations in the classroom.
What makes Nadyia excited about the younger generations she is teaching.
The issue of there being no pacing guides that regulate the teaching of art in stages.
Obsessions with realism and how the artist in kids is being squeezed out of them.
Advice from Nadyia about how to be an artist and what to value about the process.
Why Nadyia is not a fan of commissions and prefers to make art for its own sake.
The process of choosing NRA grant-winners and what is in store for Nadyia.
Where to find Nadyia online and see more of her beautiful work.
For more information, visit: https://notrealart.com/nadyia-duff