I got to chat with @YouLoveLeona about her Career and Passion. In a world you can be very many things, she inspires people to chase what makes them unique. Enjoy and share. 

  • Tell us about you :

My name in Leona Ekina. I am a Fine Artist and Designer. I work in Nairobi as a Graphic Designer for a local company.

  • Your best social media platform? 

I like Twitter for current content, jokes and topical discussions. I love Instagram too because I get to see artwork from other artists, memes and pictures.

 

  • What do you use social media for mostly?

I use it to communicate, know products, share artwork and mostly as a hobby.

 

  • What did you study? 

I studied Fine Art and Design at Kenyatta University.

 

  • What do you love most about being a graphic designer?

The fact that it’s an art that is always evolving and there’s always something new to learn. I also like that it’s communicative and modern.

 

  • Where do you draw your inspiration from for your Art and Paintings?

I’d say most of my inspiration is from nature. God is an artist and if you look around you can see shapes, color, movement, lines, direction from nature and that’s all I need.

 

  • What are your future goals?

I’d want to get into Art Direction and Gallery Curation.

 

  • Who would you love to work with the most: 

Wangeci Mutu – she’s a very talented woman who does multi media painting and sculpture.

 

  • What can you say has been the defining moment of your career?

As a Fine Artist I have participated in an exhibition when I had just finished school and that was huge for me: I got to sell most of my artwork.

 

  • What are some of the challenges you face with clients?

Most people think art/design is cheap and easy: or that it’s not a real career so it gets hard to get value for your labor.

 

  • What is your take on mixing family or friendship with business? 

As long as you know how to draw your boundaries, this shouldn’t be a problem.

 

  • How do you manage to keep your private life off social media?

By choosing to share only parts of me that I’m comfortable sharing.

 

  • Tell us something about Leona that would surprise us: 

I am not sure this is surprising, but I have memories from when I was 2 years old.

 

  • What advice would you give young you?

Create as much as you can, and your work is amazing: Don’t compare your journey to others.

 

  • If you could be the president of Kenya what would you do differently in terms of employment creation and creating a thriving environment for businesses? 

I’d make it easier for people to make money off of any career path, not everyone can work in offices and in the corporate sector. I’d ensure people make a living out of sports, art, and other non-typical talents.

 

  • Kindly tell us your parting shot in regards to both life and work:

Consistency is Key: if you keep practicing what you’re good at, you’ll become great at it.

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