Welcome to SLP. Kirkland Designs! My name is Shakita Kirkland and I , like many other artists before me, have decided to pursue my TRUE passion and be a full-time artist.
My journey here has not been a simple one. I often joke that if there is an ‘Easy Street’ in life, I’ve never been on it. I put aside my thirst to create years ago to work in the ‘real’ world. Although I was still creating art in my free time, it was not the scale of work that I was used to producing as an art student. I longed for the days when I could design and then create beautiful pieces. The days when I could be around people who loved and respected art just as much as I did. Three months ago, the opportunity presented itself.
While a guest at the Stutz Art Show, I was given some information about a new art center that had just opened not far from where I live. The Lawrence Art Center was offering affordable art classes and looking for two specific things: someone to rent studio space and teaching artists. I eagerly called to inquire about both! It seemed like fate had stepped in and was guiding me in the right direction.
So here I am! A studio tenant and a teaching artist at the Lawrence Art Center. This is a new and exciting journey that I have started. I know there will be bumps, detours, and forks in the road but I’m ready to roll!