Featured Local: Stormy Sylling

Samantha Chamberlain

What would you say you do, creatively speaking?

At the moment, I would say painting. But I’ve been known to dabble with other forms of art like sculpting, jewelry making and music. I once made a flower out of wire, Hershey kisses wrappers and glue. I still have it to this day.


When and how did you start?

I started drawing when I was 6 and excelled in art and music most of my life. But about 7 years ago I got very serious with it. I needed another outlet other than music and drawing in a sketch book. Sculpting was what I turned to. My first project, I sculpted a bunch of tiny faces that I turned into charms for a bracelet. From there, I was hooked.


Who all has supported you?

For sure, my husband. He is the Sin to my Storm. A couple of friends were the ones that pushed me to look into El Local Collective and I am so grateful they did. They’re all very supportive and encouraging.


Who has inspired you?

David Lynch first and foremost. His darkness lights my artistic path. Francis Bacon, Steph Sciullo, Katie Bast, and Lana Guerra are all big inspirations as well. They’re not your conventional artists.


What has been your favorite part on this journey?

Discovering that people actually appreciate and enjoy my work. It’s mind blowing.


What has been the most challenging part?

The social anxiety has been my biggest hurtle. Putting myself out there has been the hardest. I am painfully shy and self-conscious.


Have you ever wanted to give up?

I have thought about it but never WANTED to do it. I feel like I can’t survive without making some form of art.


What keeps you motivated to continue?

The people who admire my work. Their demand and support encourages me to stay on this path.


What advice would you give to someone who wants to begin selling their work or putting themselves out there?

Don’t let your self doubt get in the way of your artistic journey. Do your research on the craft you want to pursue and go for it. The results may surprise you.


Has anything pleasantly surprised you? What?

The emergence of all my skills coming together to create truly unique pieces. I haven’t seen artwork like mine out there and I love that. To think I have a “style” is pleasantly weird to me.


Is there anything you wish you would have known when you first started?

No! The learning process of trial and error has made me a better artist. I’m grateful for every lesson that has been taught so far. The good, the bad, and the ugly are all blessings.


What is your definition of success?

I think success is finding happiness in the thing you love doing. I’m lucky to be where I’m at today.


What are your dreams?

To have a gallery show one day. Even if it’s just once, I want to see my art showcased on a gallery wall.


You can see Stormy's collection through us here or keep up with her on her Instagram below.

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