Princella Seripenah

Princella is a digital illustrator who uses her platform to show the beauty of Black women, and promote self-care and mental wellness by creating art that speaks to the soul.

Moscow, Russia

The balance between artist, business owner, and medical student is a hard one, but Princella manages to find free time in between her studies to create art that can speak to and heal others. For her, an important component of her platform is that "representation matters".

Why do you focus on creating artwork for and of Black women/ women of colour?

REPRESENTATION MATTERS. I would love for any girl or woman at any age to see herself on package designs, t-shirts, notebooks, wall art, and art shows/exhibits even in museums.

What motivated your decision to pursue the medical science route for your career while also carrying through with your artistic talents?

My passion for creating started at a very young age and has been a constant part of my life since. Growing up, it has been my dream to be that ray of hope to any ill patient that comes my way, at the same time, I have always loved creating art that can heal and speak to others, so even while schooling, I continued making art as a hobby, as a way to relax from the veeerrrrrry stressful medical student life but as I continued, more people fell in love [with it] and started making requests for custom-made pieces. So I decided to turn it into a business and that’s how I birthed Art by Princella!!

What field of medicine do you plan to work in and why does it attract you?

I’ve still not made up my mind on it yet lol.

I’ve been illustrating for close to 2 years now alongside studying in medical school. I'm proud of being able to balance medical school studies and my freelance illustrator business without any prior business skills. I’m currently trying to see how to possibly merge the two in the future because I actually love both fields.

How do you make time to work on your art while you’re in school?

I had to learn some serious planning and organization skills that I'm still slowly getting the hang of.

What are your preferred mediums to create with?

I create my art d