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863 Readers’ ART: Chanique Occena Davis By Andrea Cruz

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again. Bolstered by the support of her friends and mentors, the 29-year-old mother was encouraged to step out in faith and completely pursue the gift of creativity that God had put inside of her. Posting her newly-created art on social media, Davis says the response was huge. One response was a comment asking when Davis would be showing her art, which she laughed at because she had never considered the idea of having her own art show. Trademarking herself as “The Artist Known As Chanique,” and with no actual painting experience or formal art training, Davis announced last November that she would be having her very first art show in February. Davis says the test came when she was asked to do her first custom piece in December. Literally praying for supernatural ability and asking God to teach her how to paint, Davis began to paint for the very first time ever. Her client loved the piece and Davis’s confidence soared. “I’m a mom so Top right, clockwise: Chanique Davis at a live painting event at 801 E. Main in Lakeland in March; Happy Place; Conquerthe only or; Art Head; Favela de Brasil; Speak Your Mind; Brown Skin time I had Sugar; Mundo Música. Photos provided to The 863 Magazine.

beautiful vintage gold frame hanging in her dining room encompasses a used yet colorful art palette. It was on this palette that Chanique Occena Davis mixed the paints for the 13 original paintings she exhibited at her first-ever art show this past February — and she only started painting last December. Davis identifies with the word “fearless.” Always wanting to be an artist and attend art school, somewhere along the lines the seed of doubt about art making for an actual career crept in and she gave up her dreams, only picking up a pencil, marker, or pastel every now and then for a little drawing. However, last November, feeling unfulfilled, the Lakeland resident made the decision to try her hand at serious art

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to paint was at night,” she says. Staying up until the wee hours of the morning, Davis persevered on the 13 pieces for her February deadline. “I just remember stepping back and looking at a piece once it was completed and crying because I couldn’t believe that I actually did something like that,” Davis says. Giving all credit to God for all her accomplishments, Davis makes no apologies for her belief that God took a girl who couldn’t paint and literally made her a painter overnight. Davis now has sold custom pieces, original pieces, prints, and has done several live art performances. “My desire is not just to be successful, but to be significant,” she says. “Success is for self, significance is for others. I want to change people’s lives through every gift I have inside of me. It’s cool to have a gift but if it doesn’t help others than what’s the purpose? I literally want to change the world with art and every gift I have inside of me.” Follow her on Instagram: TheArtistKnownAsChanique.

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