Tell us a little bit about your background:
I never formally studied art. In fact, I didn’t realize I had any artistic proclivity or talent until I was in my mid twenties. I studied English and music in college, and spent 7 years as a marketing professional. It wasn’t until 2018 that I finally harnessed my talent to build my own business and left the 9-5 life behind. Entrepreneurship has challenged my grace and my grit. The highs are high and the lows are low, but I relish the opportunity and fulfillment it brings. Onward!
How did you get into painting and why did you choose that medium?
In 2014, I found myself in a new city with no friends or hobbies, so I registered for an art class to fill my time. It just so happened to be oil paint and my teacher just so happened to be fantastic. It remains one of the happiest coincidences of my life. Although I spent the first 3 years petrified of the canvas and the paint, I eventually gained confidence and my hobby blossomed into a fruitful career.
Are you inspired by any artists – current, and past?
- Kim Cypert Russel (the aforementioned teacher I discovered in 2014)
- Carl Ortman
- Jim McCarron
- Jim Carson
What is your favorite quote to do with creating/art etc
“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”–Georgia O’Keeffe
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What is one thing you would say to new budding artists looking for hope and inspiration:
Professional art requires more than a refined craft. It requires marketing, branding, fiscal responsibility, etc. If you can combine business savvy and fine art, success will follow.