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Rising Stars: Meet Ross Peterkin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ross Peterkin.

Hi Ross, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
How I started in the Atlanta art scene was through a co-worker that was involved in Free Art Friday Atlanta. This is where some of the local artists around Atlanta would leave their art in random places around Atlanta and post hints on IG like a scavenger hunt. Being involved in this, I meet a lot of local artists and came across graffiti around town and I know I wanted to try my hand with this new art style… So I grab some spray paint and went down to Krog street tunnel and did my first piece wasn’t the best but I was hooked from there. I am currently doing local vendor markets around Atlanta and also be commissioned to do murals and custom artwork.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Definitely not a smooth road … days and weeks of watching videos, reading and researching about art styles, and practicing my craft to perfect my style. People say no and don’t believe that you can give them what they want design-wise. I just take these challenges as a learning opportunity and try to better myself from them.

Also, it is always scary doing anything for the first time and you have to convince yourself that you can do it and that can be the hard thing to do.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Being self-thought, I am always trying to push myself to improve my style and technique. I am also trying to change up my style or incorporate a new design into my art (painting, drawing, digital, or graffiti). So my art is continuously evolving.

Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
Go to local art events, markets, or galleries and talk to local artists. It is just a small community that you’ll find someone that can give you advice or they might know someone that can help you.

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