I get a lot of e-mails and messages from students and artists who are looking for advice. I love when they reach out, and I wish I could take the time to meet and connect with each person. However, since the studio gets busy and I'm not always able to find the time to respond to each and every person, I figured I'd create a blog post with answers to the most frequently asked questions. I hope this is helpful!
What advice do you have for finding your creative style?
Paint what you know. If you're a flowery happy person-- paint flowers and let your happiness come through. Connect with who you are as a person and let that translate through your art. You'll find your voice quicker that way; rather than imitating other people (although that's great practice!) Don't be afraid to explore. Make bad art, and let yourself find what feels like the truest version of you.
How much of your time is spent on the business side of things vs painting?
When I was first starting out, I would dedicate one full day a week to business. I then moved into starting every morning responding to emails followed by painting the rest of the day. My advice would be to think about what you're good at and when you're good at it, and structure your time that way.
What is your best advice in terms of generating a social media presence?
Since social media is always changing, it's hard to give concrete advice on this topic. I think most importantly it's best to gain your following organically. I feel so lucky to have a following that has been right there with me along the way. The people who follow my work and support me are like a little extended family. When I post new work or something personal, I know I'm in a safe space. Secondly, I would say don't be afraid to reach out to bloggers/influencers/other artists you admire. Working with others who have a similar audience as you will help build your following.
What inspires you?
I'm constantly inspired by avant-garde fashion and textiles. I also love interior spaces, retail shops, and decaying buildings. Oh, and flowers, but most importantly my pup.
What advice would you give to someone just starting out as an artist?
Find a supportive community. Ask a lot of questions. Don't ignore business advice.
What are supply can't you live without?
A glass palette and a spray bottle with water.
What are helpful programs / tools you use to run your business?
Here's the nitty gritty business stuff.
E-commerce Site: Shopify
Web Development: Scoutside The owner is really hot! (lol he's my husband)
Email Service: Mailchimp
Shipping Software: Shippo
Shipping: UPS (I recommend finding a UPS owner who you LOVE and will take care of you. I couldn't do what I do without our local UPS. Shoutout to Jonathan!)
Photos: Photos that aren't take by a professional photographer are taken with my iphone or my digital camera. I use a Fujifilm X-T10.
Art Supplies: I get almost all of my supplies from our local Artist & Craftsman. I use Birch Wood Panels to paint on.