Art changes Winston-Salem visual artist’s life

Her high school years “never clicked,” visual artist and entrepreneur Mahala Sahara Preudhomme said.

“I was never studious,” Preudhomme said. “I just wasn’t a good student.”

But she comes from an educated and well-traveled family.

“That was No. 1 to my mom,” she said. “You must have an education, and that meant a master’s degree.”

In 2014, Preudhomme graduated from West Forsyth High School in Winston-Salem then attended Forsyth Technical Community College.

While leaving the college after one year of studying for an associate in arts degree, Preudhomme discovered her groove.

“I always had art supplies so I just started drawing in my free time,” she said.

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Somewhat of a sponge and proud of it

I lived in Winston-Salem for over five years before I finally discovered Quarry Park. Have you ever been?

It was Community Day as part of a Leadership Winston-Salem (congratulations to class of 2020, by the way), and the objective of the day’s itinerary was to teach our class about various parts of the city.

This objective, the idea of learning something new, was the very reason I loved Leadership Winston-Salem. I’m a nerd at heart and consider myself a sponge of sorts. According to my CliftonStrengths Assessment results (Input), I’m a collector of words, further proving my obsession with learning new things.

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