Artist Tranikka Powell: The Lion Queen

A Passionate Artist

Hello, my name is Tranikka Powell. I was born in West Palm Beach, Florida and grew up with three sisters and two brothers. I remember developing my passion for art at a very young age when I would sit on the living room floor and watch my mother draw all sorts of characters with the most memorable being Sarah from “The Land Before Time” (as I really liked dinosaurs back then).

Art truly became a part of my life after family turmoil eventually lead to the separation of all of my siblings and me from our mom and each other. It became all I had growing up and for the longest time was my only ray of light against the shadows of abuse and uncertainty. Now I predominately draw as a means to make others happy. It’s God’s gift to me and though I may not be a Picasso, it’s a gift I really like to share with others.

Dress for Success: Build Community, Inspire Change, Give Back

Dress for Success is hands down one of my favorite nonprofits organizations. I volunteer with them for two main reasons: (1) The organization helped me at a low point in my life several years back and (2) it adds fuel to my passion of building community, inspiring change and giving back. Can’t wait for my first ride on the mobile boutique, coming soon to Macy’s Ross Park Mall!

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Dress for Success Pittsburgh Location

The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

I found out about Dress for Success when I was at an emotional low point in my life. They helped me to regain my dignity, my drive for success, and my commitment to make my life that best it could be.

Mental Health First Aid

I became a Mental Health First Aid instructor because I understand the struggle with mental health. As a teen I suffered from the pangs of guilt resulting from childhood trauma, which led to bouts of depression, suicidal thoughts and self-injury. I received the certification to deliver the adult curriculum. I hope to receive the certification for Teen Mental Health instructor as well!


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