Q: Please tell us a great story about your business, your experiences and the gritty back-story of your journey and why your business or products are your passion.
A:Little by Little As a social worker, I loved the feeling of creating an authentic connection with my clients; it was a privilege to hear their stories and it fed my soul to believe I was making a difference the best way I knew how. However, I began to yearn for a more creative outlet as another way to give of myself, while continuing to make connections with others. So when a colleague commissioned an art piece from me I began to believe my art/hobby could grow into a new potential path towards a calling I had long resisted. I knew one of the barriers between me and my new dream was going to be a dedicated commitment of my time. It was then I made a promise to myself that little by little I would steal away moments from each day (even if it was just 5 minutes) to begin creating a body of work I would be proud enough to share with the public. After many months I had about 30 pieces that felt right. My first little show at church, attended warmly by parishioners, friends and family, was the encouragement I needed to keep going!! I was ready to go further outside my comfort zone and apply to other art shows…well now I’ve been a professional artist for a couple of years and I’m fully immersed in my joy and passion while still connecting in a meaningful way with people, only now through the power of art. I find that my social work background, love of meeting new people, hearing their stories, is all woven into this big beautiful gift I receive with arms and heart wide open. I am fully aware and grateful of the many miracles and people who encouraged me along the way and I am thankful for each and every one of them. Through passion and dedication I’ve found a meaningful way to share my joy, vulnerability, and hopefully shine a light where there may at times be darkness.
Q: What has been your biggest success?
A:Each art shows have felt like another accomplishment and I am still so grateful every time a customer buys my art!
Q: What has been your biggest struggle?
A: Sometimes just making myself start a new piece is scary and i feel like i can't do it again but every time I stick with it I renew my confidence. Sometimes I just need to look at previous pieces I've created and that helps me get over the hump of a blank canvas feeling scary.
Q: What's your niche?
A: I love working in mixed media using lots of color and literally getting my hands messy. It's a very therapeutic experience for me and sometimes i get lost in it and time slips away. Many pieces have words or scripture but I never know until the very end if the piece will ask for words.