Known in art circles as TrashKiD, the work of visual artist Jade Warrick can be seen on both sides of the Hudson in large-scale, brightly colored murals in downtown Albany – look -the “Escape to Nature: Where Peace Awaits” on the side of 39 Columbia St. – and Troy, where she transformed the underpass of the Hoosick Street Bridge with her “Gems of Troy” series.

Warrick is the founder of Amplified Voices, a collaborative community-based public art and wellness program that strives to amplify the voices of local artists of color while providing mentorship opportunities for youth.

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In July, Warrick became the new host of WMHT’s “AHA! A House for Arts,” a public television show featuring the stories and work of area artists, designers, and creative institutions.

Q: What inspired you to get involved in art?

A: I have a family full of artists. I didn’t really get into it until I was 6 or 7 years old when my great-uncle showed me some VHS tapes called “Wallace and Gromit”. I was like, ‘Oh my God, ‘you can do things with clay that you can animate. This led me to comics and illustration. Eventually I continued to hone my skills and started painting and doing a lot of live illustrated stuff.

Q: How has art shaped your career?

A: I work in marketing, which is artistic. I can always incorporate art and education into what I do.

I do mural and creative programs for young people, who are artistic. I have always wanted to work in a career where I can still develop my artistic abilities and where I can still spread the joy that art can give.

Q: What challenges have you encountered integrating art into your work?

A: You need a lot of time to do what I do. Organization is the key.

When you make art, there is advocacy and a lot of art-based community service, which means you have to be emotionally and physically available.

Q: What advice would you give to up-and-coming artists launching their careers?

A: Make sure you have a good team behind you. I’m very successful as an artist because I usually have a great team that helps lift me up. It’s absolutely invaluable, pretty much invaluable in making sure you’re connected with people in the art world and making sure you gain those connections, talking and networking with art directors and curators and artists who are in the same area as you so you can build a circle.