Devona Stimpson, nominated as San Diego’s Most Influential Woman 2018 by Life By Design magazine, is a show-stopping creative entrepreneur on a mission to raise up the world around her. While living in San Diego, CA, she excels as an artist, best-selling author, international speaker, and branding expert. Devona is the artist and designer behind Art By Devona, the founder of gangSTAR* CREATIVE, a movement that helps creatives thrive in business + life, and the co-founder of Strive & Grind, an international branding boutique. Additionally, she co-authored the best-selling book, Passionistas: Tips Tales & Tweetables From Women Pursuing Their Dreams. You can find her being featured in press such as the Huffington Post, rocking stages with top influencers, and creating jaw-dropping, exclusive paintings which you can find at ArtByDevona.com.

  • Has 2 cute doggies, Midget & Spazzy (click here to see their cuteness)
  • Married to her high school sweetheart of 13 years
  • Loves throwback hip hop and R&B
  • Loves to dance all the time
  • From Virginia Beach, VA, but lives in sunny San Diego, CA
  • Created her first website when she was in the 4th grade
  • Loves spicy foods and desserts



I find peace most when in a trance. I detach myself from my surroundings, as in contemplation or daydreaming. When I paint, I’m heavily influenced by emotion, specifically the emotion of being in this calming state. It’s a constant flow through the soul that occurs in the space between positive and negative energy. My subjects are mostly powerful, sensual women or admirable icons who are not afraid to show their vulnerability. Their expressions and postures radiate vulnerability as well as strength. My process always begins with the background. I apply multiple layers of medium, and through this process I find my spontaneity. I let my works speak to me, and I create as I go to express my own life experiences, current thoughts, emotions, and interests. A lot of my inspirations derive from emotions, music, pop culture, street art, nature, space, and the abstract. I am simply bringing everyone into my own world, my personal space, and my mind. Welcome.