#32: Kiki Slaughter, Artist & Creative

Kiki's work is an experiment with the fundamental process of painting. She pours, scrapes, layers and otherwise manipulates paint on the canvas to create works that are rich in both color and texture. In addition to my abstract canvas', her aesthetic now covers jewelry, wallpaper and textiles.

UL: What do you consider your top 3 core values and how do they affect how you lead your business?

KS: Family is my foundation. They are a constant source of love and support. Since having a family of my own, my studio time is more precious but I am more inspired than ever to create. My wish is that my kids find something they are equally as passionate about.

Creativity fuels me. My hands ache when I am not creating something. I strive for creative flow in the studio because that is when the magic happens.

Intuition leads the way. I paint very much in the moment, a controlled freedom, and rely on my gut instincts to tell me what to do next whether it be on the canvas or with my business.

UL: Can you share a time you either thought you failed, or actually did fail? How did you react and move past it, and what impact did it have on business decisions? 

KS: I feel like I fail a little every day ... whether it be as a mom, artist, friend etc. I will never master the work or life juggling act, but I can learn and grow from the ups and downs and embrace the chaos. Like life, in the studio my best work happens when I paint in the moment and trust that mistakes are part of the process.

UL: What types of projects do you have coming up that we can look forward to seeing in the future?

KS: I always love collaborations. I developed some fabric with Quirk Hotel, a beautifully 'quirky" boutique hotel in Virginia, that will be used in their guest rooms. I'm also having fun creating painterly wallpaper with Feathr, a European based wallpaper company.

I am really passionate about a series of paintings dedicated to my healing journey. I have spent the last four years struggling with a number of health issues, from labor complications to epstein-barr virus to lyme disease. The methods and tools that have helped me heal, including acupuncture, reiki and kundalini, have become my muses and I want to express their essence through my art. I hope my paintings will speak to and inspire others in their own journey.