Art is a form of creative expression. And to our Community Members like Gracey Reyes who generously share their work without asking for anything in return but to be given a platform where they can inspire, art is a tool for serving the world.
Gracey is the kind of artist who is bent on creating art not for the fame nor the fortune, but for the purpose of inspiring & bringing light to everyone that sees it. That’s why she goes by the handle @pinayheartist, because she is an “artist with a heart.” With hands guided by love, she believes that we can make the world a better place through the art we create.
Read all about Gracey’s story as an artist and as a community member of Brew Your Best Year below!
WHO IS SHE? Gracey Reyes, 23 years old.
WHAT DOES SHE DO? Gracey’s day job is a graphic artist for KFC Philippines. She also puts in time as a creative volunteer for the Production Design ministry of Victory. In her free time, she climbs mountains, runs, teaches in lettering and calligraphy workshops, and does event styling.
1. Tell us about your story as an artist. How did you discover your love for lettering?
My creative journey is full of wonders and wanders. It took years before I discovered my niche in the creative industry. Lettering is something that I began to love many years ago; I started my journey way back in high school. I would use the bulletin board in our classroom as my canvas. Along the way, I had a change of heart. I didn’t want to just create art. but I wanted my art to inspires, to influence, and to change the world. I believe everyone was created for a purpose, and mine was to inspire.
2. What kind of artist/writer are you? Describe your style and how has this changed through the years.
I am an artist with a heart. Art with love can change the world. I don’t really have specific style, I choose to be versatile. Every artwork has a different audience and each art has a different expression of creativity. That’s why it is called masterpiece.
3. What is the highlight of your practice so far?
The most recent piece I created was a live art painting which I did in 5 minutes in front of thousands of people.
4. Where do you get inspiration?
Inspiration is everywhere. I travel a lot and enjoy going to different places, talking to strangers. I also enjoy eating coffee crumble ice cream.
5. What is your creative process like?
I play. I don’t take every artwork I create seriously. I am afraid that if I do, I might not be able to create what I have envisioned. I usually listen to instrumental music to avoid getting distracted. I expose my eyes to thousands of fonts styles, photos, and references for hours. Sometimes this process doesn’t work, so instead I take a walk.
6. Do you experience creative blocks? What do you do when this happens?
A BIG YES! When I experience creative blocks, I usually go to a place without wi-fi connection. Usually, I run alone, climb a mountain, or eat ice cream. Going to a museum or talking to a friend over coffee helps too. Other times, I would commute to observe the people.
7. How do you choose what artwork to create?
Most of the time, I draw inspiration from a recent realization. Sometimes, I create something that encourages me and lifts my mood, knowing that someone may be in need of that encouragement too.
8. Who are some of the individuals you look up to in line with your craft?
Everyone and everything is an inspiration to me. There’s this story about an amazing man who has been lettering for 20 years, named Manong Jun. He lived in a barong baro in Banawe, Quezon City. He just picked up the skill in high school from his artists friends. He lived a simple life doing his work. No Instagram, just his art and his golden hands.
9. What’s your favorite piece that you’ve created?
10. What kinds of challenges are an associated with your craft and how do you overcome them?
My greatest challenge is when I fear to do the impossible, and to make mistakes. I am able to overcome it when I take a leap of faith and just do it.
11. What are your biggest lessons as an artist?
I have nothing to prove, and no one to impress. I am designed to inspire, and inspired to design.
12. What do you believe is an important factor in creating a good piece of art?
PUSO. You can be as good as Van Gogh, but if you aren’t passionate, everything will be in vain. The most important part of all is glorifying God who created you and gave you the talent. Never forget to honor Him because without Him, we can’t do anything.
13. What advice can you give the community, especially emerging artists?
Other artists are far better than you. But you have nothing to prove, and no one to impress. Do your art and honor the Lord. You are designed to inspire. Seek to make the world a better place with your art.
14. What is Brew Your Best Year to you and how has it inspired you as an artist?
Brew Your Best Year has inspired and reminded me to be work hard to be the best I can be, as well as to brew the best days. Thank you for inspiring the community and making it a better place.