1. What is your name and when did you start painting? My name is Lauren Scarlett Grant and I started painting in high school. I think painting was always a passion laying dormant in me—yet, it was never more than a hobby. Not until I was accepted into the University of San Diego in 2007. It was there that I found and began to develop my true style. 2. Why did you start painting? For as long as I can remember I have been twisting images—looking at something and seeing something else. There came a point where I wasn’t able to not share these images. I’ve always wanted to share my vision, and in doing so, hope to inspire the imagination of others as well. I paint because it is the only time I am truly lost in another world—one of magic and translation. 3. What are some of your favorite moments in your career? One of my favorite moments to date was in May of 2010. I had my first art show—my Senior Thesis Exhibition at the University of San Diego. This was the first time I experienced strangers being touched by my work—and to leave a lasting impression on someone, to affect someone through my paintings—is the greatest gift of all. 4. What do you think is the future of your industry? For me, to be brushed by a great work of art, is to fall in love. If this is true for others as well, then whether people want to or not, they will continue to be inspired and awakened by art. As long as people continue to feel something from art, then the industry will prosper. 5. If you could, what is one thing would you do differently? I have realized that if I want to produce a certain amount of art—the amount it will require to tell my story and the story of others on canvas, layer after layer—then I must not waste any time. For me, to create is to fully live—painting is essential for me to fully live out my true potential in this lifetime. As long as I can help it, I will never go more then a few months without creating, ever again. 6. What is some advice for young artists trying to have a career like yourself? Before anything else, I would recommend to any aspiring artist, to go and buy the book Blue Pastures by Mary Oliver. Sit down with their favorite mug of tea, coffee, beer—whatever, and read the first chapter, ‘Of Power and Time.’ This chapter changed my life and I will be forever grateful to my Professor at USD, Bill Kelly, the man who introduced me to this book. 7. What is the next big project you have planned? My website, laurenscarlettgrant.com, has just launched and this is a very big deal for me. Also, I have just been commissioned by two different couples to create ‘custom originals’ for them. These will be ‘couples portraits’ that tell the tale of how they and their partner met, as well as their journey together. I will create these with much love, through mixed media on canvas.