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15 Questions With Debbie Love

Introduction

If this is the first post you are reading from me, I would like to introduce you to the series.

G. D. Anderson said “Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” 

This perception of strength she described is the reason I am creating this interview series.  Each article is structured to highlight the strengths, talents, and business pursuits of inspiring women of all ages, races, ethnicities, and nationalities.

Thank you for traveling around the world with me as we celebrate these women’s accomplishments.

Debbie Love

Today we are traveling to Nigeria to learn about artist Debbie Love. I love her digital paintings and unique style, so I am excited to introduce her to you! Plus, she has also started her own clothing line!

15 Questions With Debbie

Q.1.  Where in Nigeria did you grow up?

I grew up in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria.

Q. 2. What influence or impact do you feel like being raised in Nigeria has had on your art?

One of the major influences growing up in Nigeria has on my art is my ability to relate better with African culture and inculcate it into my art style.

Q. 3. Did you study art in school?

Oh no I didn’t study in an art school.

Q. 4. When did you decide you wanted to pursue your art as a career?

I never consciously decided to make art a career to be honest, I just knew I loved art so much. In 2018 after college, I had a lot more time to create art so, I was painting a lot more and I started noticing growth and also, I started getting clients who were interested in getting commissioned paintings from me and that was how I was swept into this field as a full time artist Haha.

Q. 5. What is your creative process/what inspires your art?

Majority of my creative process takes place when I begin a painting. When I get the base concept of what I’d love to create, either from photos on Instagram or Pinterest or nature, I then begin to create my sketch with a free mind, open to creative ideas, then I begin to build up until I’m satisfied. The major inspiration for my art is feminity, the delicacy of women and I always try to express through my art that women are beautiful, bold and strong.

Q. 6. What tools/supplies do you use?

Presently I work with Photoshop, a software for graphic design, using my PC and a Huion Kamvas Pro 16 graphics tablet.

Q. 7. Are there any business ventures you’d love pursue in the future?

Oh yes, I have a flare for fashion, so I’ll definition venture into fashion also. And expand my already existing fashion brand.

Q. 8. What is it like being a female artist in Nigeria?

Being a female artist in Nigeria is not bad at all, you get to inspire a lot of young people, ladies especially. Also is pretty impressive being a female artist in Nigeria as female artists are not so many in the country, so it gives me an edge sometimes.

Q. 9. What is something you wish people knew about Nigeria?

 I wish people knew how hard-working youths are and how hopeful they also are. 

Q. 10. Are there any misconceptions people have about Nigeria that you’d like to set the record straight on?

Overtime Nigeria has been tagged with a negative reputation due to the consistent rise in international fraud recorded by Nigerians. Due to this fact, Nigerian entrepreneurs like myself suffer from misjudgment which makes us lose international jobs due to  scepticism. I do not blame the international public for this action, I just wish they know that Nigeria has a lot of hard-working and talented minds that are very sincere people.

Q. 11. We’ve come a long way when it comes to women’s rights, but we still have so far to go. What is something you’d like to see improve for women?

For women generally, I would love more women to see the value in themselves more. If more women can realise that they possess so much value, beyond what anyone can give or attach to them, it’ll help more women ensure they stop reducing their standards to satisfy society or individuals.

Q. 12. How equal do you feel Women are treated by society and people in law enforcement positions in Nigeria?

In Nigeria, gender inequality is relative, generally in our day-to-day lives as Nigerians we hardly come across gender inequality, women are respected and treated nicely, but looking at the big picture of say, a woman becoming president, it feels almost impossible because of how the country is set up. So I’ll say we still have a very long way to go as a country to attain that level.

Q. 13. I love your model pictures on instagram. What body positivity advice do you have for women struggling with loving themselves?

I struggled with loving my body over the years, but at a point in my life I realised that I will never believe anyone loves my body if I don’t love my body. So I began to consciously love myself for who I was and believe truly that I am beautiful. This mindset opened up my life to a lot of positive energy which attracted good things to me and kept depression far away from me. So what I can say to you struggling to love your body is this, You won’t be truly beautiful until you BELIEVE that YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.

Q. 14. Who are three women that inspire you?

Three women I can say inspire me daily are Beyonce, Michelle Obama and Diane Russet.

Q. 15. What is one of your favorite female empowerment quotes?

One of my favourite female empowerment quotes at the moment is “you would never truly see your beauty until you learn to love every inch of yourself – Debbie Love 2016This is a personal quote that has changed my life.

Debbie is such a sweetheart and always so positive and up-lifting for me. 💕 I love this girls energy, so I hope you all check out her instagram @debbie.love_

15 Questions With Debbie Love

Introduction

If this is the first post you are reading from me, I would like to introduce you to the series.

G. D. Anderson said “Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” 

This perception of strength she described is the reason I am creating this interview series.  Each article is structured to highlight the strengths, talents, and business pursuits of inspiring women of all ages, races, ethnicities, and nationalities.

Thank you for traveling around the world with me as we celebrate these women’s accomplishments.

Debbie Love

Today we are traveling to Nigeria to learn about artist Debbie Love. I love her digital paintings and unique style, so I am excited to introduce her to you! Plus, she has also started her own clothing line!

15 Questions With Debbie

Q.1.  Where in Nigeria did you grow up?

I grew up in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria.

Q. 2. What influence or impact do you feel like being raised in Nigeria has had on your art?

One of the major influences growing up in Nigeria has on my art is my ability to relate better with African culture and inculcate it into my art style.

Q. 3. Did you study art in school?

Oh no I didn’t study in an art school.

Q. 4. When did you decide you wanted to pursue your art as a career?

I never consciously decided to make art a career to be honest, I just knew I loved art so much. In 2018 after college, I had a lot more time to create art so, I was painting a lot more and I started noticing growth and also, I started getting clients who were interested in getting commissioned paintings from me and that was how I was swept into this field as a full time artist Haha.

Q. 5. What is your creative process/what inspires your art?

Majority of my creative process takes place when I begin a painting. When I get the base concept of what I’d love to create, either from photos on Instagram or Pinterest or nature, I then begin to create my sketch with a free mind, open to creative ideas, then I begin to build up until I’m satisfied. The major inspiration for my art is feminity, the delicacy of women and I always try to express through my art that women are beautiful, bold and strong.

Q. 6. What tools/supplies do you use?

Presently I work with Photoshop, a software for graphic design, using my PC and a Huion Kamvas Pro 16 graphics tablet.

Q. 7. Are there any business ventures you’d love pursue in the future?

Oh yes, I have a flare for fashion, so I’ll definition venture into fashion also. And expand my already existing fashion brand.

Q. 8. What is it like being a female artist in Nigeria?

Being a female artist in Nigeria is not bad at all, you get to inspire a lot of young people, ladies especially. Also is pretty impressive being a female artist in Nigeria as female artists are not so many in the country, so it gives me an edge sometimes.

Q. 9. What is something you wish people knew about Nigeria?

 I wish people knew how hard-working youths are and how hopeful they also are. 

Q. 10. Are there any misconceptions people have about Nigeria that you’d like to set the record straight on?

Overtime Nigeria has been tagged with a negative reputation due to the consistent rise in international fraud recorded by Nigerians. Due to this fact, Nigerian entrepreneurs like myself suffer from misjudgment which makes us lose international jobs due to  scepticism. I do not blame the international public for this action, I just wish they know that Nigeria has a lot of hard-working and talented minds that are very sincere people.

Q. 11. We’ve come a long way when it comes to women’s rights, but we still have so far to go. What is something you’d like to see improve for women?

For women generally, I would love more women to see the value in themselves more. If more women can realise that they possess so much value, beyond what anyone can give or attach to them, it’ll help more women ensure they stop reducing their standards to satisfy society or individuals.

Q. 12. How equal do you feel Women are treated by society and people in law enforcement positions in Nigeria?

In Nigeria, gender inequality is relative, generally in our day-to-day lives as Nigerians we hardly come across gender inequality, women are respected and treated nicely, but looking at the big picture of say, a woman becoming president, it feels almost impossible because of how the country is set up. So I’ll say we still have a very long way to go as a country to attain that level.

Q. 13. I love your model pictures on instagram. What body positivity advice do you have for women struggling with loving themselves?

I struggled with loving my body over the years, but at a point in my life I realised that I will never believe anyone loves my body if I don’t love my body. So I began to consciously love myself for who I was and believe truly that I am beautiful. This mindset opened up my life to a lot of positive energy which attracted good things to me and kept depression far away from me. So what I can say to you struggling to love your body is this, You won’t be truly beautiful until you BELIEVE that YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.

Q. 14. Who are three women that inspire you?

Three women I can say inspire me daily are Beyonce, Michelle Obama and Diane Russet.

Q. 15. What is one of your favorite female empowerment quotes?

One of my favourite female empowerment quotes at the moment is “you would never truly see your beauty until you learn to love every inch of yourself – Debbie Love 2016This is a personal quote that has changed my life.

Debbie is such a sweetheart and always so positive and up-lifting for me. 💕 I love this girls energy, so I hope you all check out her instagram @debbie.love_

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