Tell us about your business.From the time I could hold a pencil, that was "home". I started a shop on Etsy as a fiber artist, now I am adding more of my Oils and plan to open a dedicated online site for my paintings. With the help of my daughter who will help design and impement the site, I hope to be able to bring this about sometime in the next nine months or so.
Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.Controlled chaos about sums it up. At my daughter's request I've started wearing gloves to protect myself, as I often get more paint on myself than the canvas. All of the containers that I use to hold my paint brushes hold meaning for me. A large stein, which used to have a molded "head" comes from my parent's corner store, a smaller jar, my oldest son made in school, etc. My studio is any corner that I can claim, no matter where I live. I have found a spot in the smallest of spaces, even when my children where small. My "trabrochet" is an old wood bread table that I hold dear. And my studio is always open to my children or grandchildren to enjoy with me.
What inspires you?That truly varies, in time and space. Currently, as I have always been a fan of horses and cars, I have been painting a series of both which I've called, "Horse Power". I find that, older cars, especially, are beautiful works of art themselves
What makes your business stand out?I would say, my paintings, themselves. My style is large and bold, and yet something that people can see having and enjoying in their own homes.
What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?Don't hesitate. If you have a passion for something, just do it, and do it often. Build an inventory of what you make, and most of all love what you're doing.
What does American Made mean to you?Hopefully a return to the pride of people in our country for craftsmanship, and joy of style, and design, created here.
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