By KENYA KING (www.atlantadailyworld.com)
Internationally renowned and critically acclaimed visual artist Synthia Saint James had the keen intuition that she’d be an artist, even as a child. “That’s what I knew,” said Saint James, who loved to color and draw when she was a little girl. Her latest creations – three books, created in three months, the first time she’d ever self-published – have expanded her diverse body of work and includes a book for inspiring artists.
Saint James’ paperback, “Living My Dream: An Artistic Approach to Marketing,” was recently nominated for a 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional. The book presents a blend of her autobiography along with lessons learned from working in the visual and creative arts sphere for more than three decades. In each chapter, Saint James recounts a story and an instance in her life where she discovers a valuable teaching moment and shares morsels of wisdom with readers.
Underpinning the lessons in “Living My Dream,” she imparts 31 inspirational affirmations – one for each day of the month. She’s an expert in affirmations, since she often speaks them along with prayers while walking the beach at dawn.
“The book is about sharing and getting something from everything you do,” said Saint James.