Tell us about your business.I create custom one of a kind art pieces that will be heirlooms for generations to come. My clients are widley varied, from celebrities to collectors to regular kind of everyday people who just want what they want. I customize each piece to the specific desires of the client. I create figurative, imaginative, fantasy, working pieces as well as whatever your imagination can conceive. The materials I use are simply--everything. Nothing is out of bounds when I begin to create a piece, and my inspiration comes from my Lord Jesus Christ, who has given me the talents to do the pieces I create. I want to touch the soul and emotion of the person I am creating the piece for. I dont simply ask what they want, I ask why they want it, what it stirs within them and try to capture that feeling in every piece I create. I have had clients come to me years after they received their piece and thank me for creating it for them. I desire to do the best I can with what I have been blessed with.
Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.I have a small studio located in Imlay City. It is basically my big "Man Cave" as I have my "day job" that I have to do and am not in the studio as much as I would like to be. I have equipment to do basically anything I want with any material I want.
What inspires you?First God, then the emotions and feelings of the clients, and then a woman I know and respect very much and finally from what excites me. I get different ideas from many different sources, but the thing that inspires me most is causing emotion and feelings from people who view my work.
What makes your business stand out?The unique products that I offer. You cannot get what I create anywhere else.
What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?If you are afraid to fail, you will never succeed.
What does American Made mean to you?Simply that-- It means that we support the good old US of A in any way we can. I try to keep my business local if possible, but for sure in the US . I love this country no matter what direction it seems to be heading, and I know that only one person can make a difference.
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