Today we’d like to introduce you to TreManda Pewett.
TreManda, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I have always loved coloring things! My grandmother taught me how to make origami in 1997 when I was 3 years old. By the time I was 5 I used to fight my big brothers over the tv to watch Bob Ross on Saturday mornings.
I am from Chicago, Illinois. I moved to Atlanta first in 2012 to attend my dream school Spelman College. I started making art specifically for clients in 2012 to pay for tuition.
I took a leave of absence from College in the fall of 2013 after my big brother passed away. I decided to work in my mother’s salon to help my family with the hospital bills.
That’s when I started posting and selling art online using sites like Instagram, Etsy, Society6, and Fiverr. Back then you didn’t see modern art made by black people online. Amber Roses Slut walk in 2015 was My first big break as an artist! Because of this moment more people took my art seriously.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It’s been rough but I’ve always been a hard worker so anything involving art was enjoyable.
In 2015, I graduated from cosmetology school. Most people my age were saving up for their first apartments … I was literally buying art supplies and living with my parents.
A lot of people really put art down as a lazy or easy lifestyle. Many people still refer to it as a hobby… so I had to convince myself constantly that it was worth it.
Recently the app TikTok has been fantastic to me and has allowed me to take a leadership role in the digital world.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’m known for my coloring books, digital portraits, and my female curvaceous cartoons Juice & Genesis.
I’m most proud of my coloring books. The coloring books promote art therapy. Art therapy is the best alternative medicine for depression, anxiety, and other psycho/ mental illnesses. I think that if someone’s imagination is big they are capable of achieving more in their lifetime.
Growing up in Chicago, I found that even in a big city there are closed minds. People are influenced easily by their environment and get comfortable in that mindset. For example, the city of Chicago is diverse but the neighborhoods are segregated. Some people on the south side have never even been downtown. I feel If closed minds have a chance to be exposed and inspired by the right thing then possibilities are endless. No limits to stop people from achieving the impossible.
I really believe that art changes lives. Art has changed mine for sure. I also love to see and make murals!
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
God is great all the time! Shoutout to all the blessings!
Big credit to my parents and family members who cheered me on.
Followers on social networks who have believed in me and purchased my art. All the likes really hype me up.
The culture for inspiring me to dream big!
- Coloring books are $7-$15
- Digital portraits are $50 for kids
- Digital portraits are $100+ for adults
- Website: MandaPandie.com
- Phone: 7733830298
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: Instagram.com/Manda.pandie
In the photo holding up the coloring books those are my younger Spelman Sisters Andreya and Brooke.