My process as an artist! 

 

Fifteen years ago, I needed to connect with my souls. I wanted to find the reset button somewhere in me or outside of me. I can say that I was lost! I had no purpose, did not know what having values meant. I was part of a family and a culture that had a set of rules that I was following without questions—having my values? Boundaries? Visions? Goals? I didn’t know any of that!  I was a great student, a follower, a good kid at least that what my parents were saying went I would do things exactly the way they wanted me to do it! Like, “go to Med’s school, and you will become someone.” Will you become someone? At least you achieve something valuable in the eyes of the society, you’re no one, nobody, useless.

 

So, as a good kid, I followed my parent’s advice. I went to college, studies pharmaceutical sciences, hated it, get depressed, and failed! Well, I felt useless and petrified to become nobody in a culture that values you only if you achieve something great in its eyes.

 

I was lost, and on the day, a friend of mine asked me to help him clean up his grandmother’s garden. I made 500$ and bought painting supplies with half of the money.

I started to paint every day for six months. In the 1st month, I made 20 paintings, and for the 1st time of my life, I was passionate about something I was doing. By the 3rd month, I started to think that I might be an artist. That’s where all the struggles began! Explain to people around you that you’re an artist who is broke and lives at his girl-friend apartment. So, I had to show them that I was an artist. I was talking, smelling, eating, and dreaming art every single minute of life. As a result of this, I put together three exhibitions of my painting in my hometown in Switzerland. I even had an article in the local newspaper and an interview on the state’s TV channel. I sold some of my art and made around 5000$. That money took me to South Africa, where I started a couple of community art projects with a group of young people from Motherwell, a Township, located in Port Elizabeth on the Nelson Mandela’s Bay.

 

This moment of my life is an anchor. It’s reminded me every day that while living your passion, you are always empowered, and you will have an impact on others. That’s why I am committed to helping people change their lives, improve their paradigm so that they can build a fulfilling life.

 

Rod Ambara