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This Black Artist Is Addressing Mental Health Through Her Hand-Painted Creations

By DeAnna Taylor

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Washington, D.C. native, Cierra Lynn, has been painting and creating since she was in elementary school. She is known for her unique style, colorful brush strokes, and daring artwork that boosts self confidence.

Cierra has had the opportunity to paint custom creations for many of our favorite celebs. While this is major in itself, what sets this artist apart from others is that she is now using her talents to address one of the Black community’s biggest issues.

Photo courtesy of Cierra Lynn

We spoke with Cierra via email to learn more about her work and how she is using it to fight against mental health.

Travel Noire: Tell us about your brand and the vision behind it.

Cierra: Cierra Lynn Collection is a nationally recognized art and fashion brand consisting of original, vibrant hand painted and printed paintings, clothing, accessories home decor and self-esteem boosting workshops. The vision behind the brand has not gone unnoticed. The Cierra Lynn Collection is best known for celebrating individuality, self-expression, and the importance of self-love and confidence.

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TN: How did you get involved with painting self love murals in public schools around the D.C. area?


Cierra: In addition to being an entrepreneur, I am also an art consultant and art teacher for community programs. After noticing a huge increase in children committing suicide, various mental health issues and low self-esteem, I was inspired to create a way that art could have a huge impact. I chose bathroom stalls as my canvas. The bathroom stall murals infuse affirmations, imagery and bold colors that empower the kids and reaffirm their greatness.

Photo courtesy of Cierra Lynn

TN: Tell us about your involvement with Taraji P. Henson’s mental health project. 

Cierra: Taraji P. Henson created The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, a mental health foundation in honor of her father to help eradicate the stigma associated with mental health. Taraji and the BLHF team were impressed with the bathroom stall murals I do in the schools and selected me to partner with their foundation to provide murals and bathroom makeovers in various cities around the world.

Photo courtesy of Cierra Lynn

TN: What are you up to these days?

Cierra: Currently having so much fun with my newest collection Bloom Soar Speak, a Mental Health inspired Collection. This collection is all about spreading awareness, promoting healing through trauma, and embracing your truth.

Photo courtesy of Cierra Lynn

TN: What’s next for Cierra Lynn?

Cierra: I will focus on expanding my brand throughout the US and internationally. Cierra Lynn Collection will soon offer aromatherapy products and more therapeutic art experiences, in addition to the wearable items and artwork. 

Photo courtesy of Cierra Lynn

Related: Here Are The Black NYC Street Artists You Should Know

TN: Where can we find you online?

Cierra: Check out my website: www.cierralynncollection.com or on Instagram: @theartistcierralynn.

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DeAnna Taylor is a criminal defense Attorney turned travel blogger, author, and writer. While Charlotte, NC (her hometown) is her base, she's always somewhere on a plane. Catch her on IG: @brokeandabroadlife.

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