Nifty’s Interview with Featured Artist, Shay The Surrealist

My name is Shaylin Wallace or Shay The Surrealist and I’m a 23 year-old surreal digital artist based in Wilmington, Delaware.

I released my very first NFT on February 20th, 2021 on an NFT platform called AsyncArt.

I’ve dropped NFTs on AsyncArt, Foundation, OpenSea, Rarible, Zora, KnownOrigin, and MakersPlace.

For this drop, I was inspired by my recent series called the Blooming Blossoms series. I dropped the first 3 Blossoms in December 2021 and I knew I wanted to continue this series and create more Blossoms in the new year. I decided to create 3 new Blossoms: Blossom IV, V, and VI for this drop and used pink flowers in honor of Valentine’s Day. . The Blooming Blossom series consist of unique, afro-centric floral portrait edits and each blossom has their own special traits such as different types of flowers and butterflies. The Blooming Blossoms series is about embracing change, uniqueness, and inner beauty.

I started making digital in 2014, when I was only 15 years old using an app called PicsArt on my phone. I would take photos for fun and started experimenting with different photo editing apps to see what I could create. My edits were very simplistic, but became very complex overtime.

My style of artwork is surreal, unique, bold and minimalistic at times.

NFTs have allowed me to spend more time on my own artwork, rather than spending it doing small commission projects. NFTs have also allowed me to collaborate and partner with different brands/companies, have more exhibitions to showcase and auction off my artwork in physical and digital galleries. They’ve helped me support myself financially which is a huge blessing.

If you’re a creator and want to make NFTs, I’d say do your research on NFTs first. Don’t feel the need to rush minting anything. Also, become active in the community and engage with other artists and collectors, especially on Twitter and/or Discord.

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