When I quit my job as an editorial assistant, I had no idea what to do next.
I’d just come back from a life changing trip to West Africa and realized there was no way I could keep working in an office all day. So I moved back home to Wisconsin.
A friend from high school happened to be in town. When we met for coffee, he asked, “What do you really want?”
“I really just want to wander around and take photos of people,” I said. I’d never taken photos professionally, so it seemed completely crazy and unlikely at the time. Taking photos was just something I loved to do.
The newspaper was open on the table in front of us. My friend looked down at the paper and pointed to a job posting for a photographer.
It was one of those magical moments. I’d always wanted to live my dream of being an artist, but I’d no idea how to make the leap.
I was pretty shy then and have always been an introvert.
But the synchronicity of that moment made me push myself to put together a portfolio. The next week, I went for an interview and got the job.
Being a photographer became a way for me to gain confidence. It also got me to remember how much I loved the visual arts. I didn’t stay long at that job and it took many more jobs as a gallery assistant, 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.
Now my business has supported me for nine years, and in my third year I reached the celebrated six figures a year.
Along the way, I’ve focused on what I enjoy doing most, which has led to thousands of collectors, customers and students around the world, press in publications like Glamour Magazine, Somerset Studio and Oprah.com, being published in multiple books, having five books of my own on Amazon, launching eighteen online classes, opportunities to teach in-person and sales of originals, prints, cards, calendars, books and more in galleries and shops around the world.
Most importantly, I’ve built a lifestyle I love that allows me the freedom to travel, paint, write and share my passions with you! Selling my artwork and sharing it with you for a living is something I never thought possible. I wish for you to live your dreams too.
I’ve been getting so many questions about how to find ways to sell and share your own artwork, so I’ve put together my online workshop Business For Creatives, where you’ll learn how I’ve grown and currently run my creative business and life as a full-time artist.