I’m Ykia Turner, a Tucson native whose artistic journey began as a little girl wielding pencils and sketchbooks. In 2020, I dove into the captivating world of acrylic and oil paintings, but it was the discovery of resin art that truly stole my heart. My art now mirrors the breathtaking beauty of a Geode crystal, a dazzling fusion of colors and textures.
Originally from Arkansas, my family and I made Tucson our home when I was just three years old. I share this vibrant desert life with two Persian cats, Deja and Demarcus, and my 13-year-old daughter, a budding artist herself. Art has been my passion since I was eight when I dreamt of becoming a fashion designer.
While I dabble in various artistic mediums, acrylics hold a special place in my heart. When I’m not creating art, I’m a hairstylist who loves spending time with my daughter and friends, whether it’s exploring, creating together, or simply savoring life’s beautiful moments. My art is not just my craft; it’s my joy, and I’m thrilled to share it with you...
The Tucson Gallery Asked Each Artist The Same Questions To Get To Know Them Better
Where did you grow up?
I’m a Tucson native, born and raised right here in the heart of Arizona.
Tell us about your family
My roots trace back to Arkansas, but my family embarked on a journey to Tucson when I was just 3 years old. We’ve grown since then – I have two wonderful sisters, a brother, and a bundle of nieces and nephews. In the midst of it all, there’s my 13-year-old daughter, who’s inherited my artistic spirit and creativity.
Do you have pets, if yes, tell us about them
My home is graced by the presence of two charming Persian cats. There’s Deja, a delicate white and grey lady, and then there’s Demarcus, a vivacious orange and white gentleman. They bring an extra touch of artistry to my life.
When did you know that you would be an artist?
The seed of artistry was planted in me when I was just 8 years old. Back then, I began sketching designs of clothing because I dreamt of becoming a fashion designer. Little did I know that my creative journey would lead me to explore so many other captivating artistic forms.
What is your favorite media to work with?
While I adore experimenting with various art forms, acrylics have a special place in my heart. The vibrant colors and versatile nature of acrylic paints allow me to bring my artistic visions to life with remarkable flexibility.
What do you do when you’re not doing the voodoo that you do?
Beyond my artistry, I’m a skilled hairstylist. I also cherish spending quality time with my 13-year-old daughter and close friends. Whether we’re creating art together or simply enjoying life’s moments, these connections are an integral part of my world.