Runner Uses Rugged Oklahoma Landscape To Inspire His Art

Monday, June 29th 2020, 10:10 pm
By: Daniel Hawk

Running can be a great way to get your mind off of life's problems, but it can also help you focus.

Yatika Fields isn't just quick on his feet but is hoping to reshape some of the world around us with a paint brush.

Fields said, it "started with one mile doing it non-stop, then two, then three, then it just added up from there."

Fields finds peace among Oklahoma’s rugged landscape.

"My mileage a week is probably anywhere from 60 to 70 to 80 miles a week and I'm usually training for races maybe five goal races a year,” Fields said.

Oklahoma's outdoors inspires Yatika in more ways than one.

He's a painter, and many of his favorite works are influenced by what he sees along the trail.

"When I'm running I think about what I'm going to be painting that night in the studio or future projects that are coming up it gives me time to elaborate and kind of think about the things I need to do as an artist and the things I need to do and be to be a successful artist,” Fields said.

His artwork is on full display with a mural above Runner’s World on Brookside, as well as outside Oklahoma's borders.

"I have done some public art projects here in Tulsa not only in Tulsa but Oklahoma City and Arkansas and Kansas,” Fields said.

For Yatika no journey is too long, not when his paint brush hits the canvas or when his shoes hit the trail.

"In order to get to that finish line you have to overcome all these obstacles they can share similar types of dialogue that you can work thru to get to that finish line,” Fields said.