I went to college to study biology, but I couldn’t stay away from the art room. When I graduated, I went to work as an arts journalist, writing about the arts for newspapers and magazines.
It took many different jobs as a journalist, photographer, graphic designer, floral designer, website developer and more before I finally realized the only thing I could put my heart into was being a full-time artist.
Still, having all of those jobs – which seemed like mistakes and hurdles at the time – helped me learn how to grow and run my creative business.
But at the time I’d no idea how to make that leap and become a professional artist.
Then in 2009 I lost my job. To heal my spirit, I started painting again.
As friends stopped by and saw my work, they encouraged me to have a local show. I asked at the library and in a few months hung my paintings and hosted an opening.
I began selling my artwork, prints and cards to friends and family. I started a facebook page, twitter account and blog. I felt like there was no way anyone I didn’t know would ever purchase my paintings. I began reaching out to other artists and makers and in 2011 I submitted my artwork to a magazine and launched my first online class, How To Paint An Owl.
By far, owning my own business has been the hardest I’ve ever worked, but it has been so rewarding to have the opportunity to inspire others around the world and live a life where I feel I’m fulfilled and making a difference. I hope it all can be of some inspiration for you too.
With love + gratitude,