I am so excited to be one of Martha Stewart's American Made Nominees for my portrait work. I love creating drawings of people and am thrilled to have this opportunity to be featured among so many other artisans and craftsmen.
Here's My Interview on the Site:
There are moments in everyone's life that deserve to be preserved. I create heirloom-quality, graphite portraits that celebrate family memories.
Tell us about your business.
Drawing has always been a part of my life and has been a wonderful means of creative expression. My interest in art began during childhood and developed into a greater passion in both high school and college. While attending Columbia University, I was exposed to a wonderful core curriculum and learned how literature, philosophy, and fine art informed and influenced one another. I love art from many different eras and movements but have a particular fondness for Italian Renaissance art, where the old masters created beautiful paintings and sculptures of people. People and portraiture is ultimately where I found my artistic voice. I completed Masters Degree in Studio Art in 2007 and have been working as a professional portrait artist ever since. After having my own children, I realized how much I treasure the images and memories of their little faces as they have grown and feel so grateful for the opportunity to create portraits of people’s loved ones.
My studio is in my home. There is so much beautiful, natural light in the space, which is perfect for capturing the right shading and detail for my portraits.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by the beauty in everyday life. I love watching my own children grow and develop their little personalities, and know that this time in their lives is so fleeting. I love capturing the essence of a person and these moments through a portrait. There is nothing more gratifying than creating a portrait likeness for someone that captures a special sparkle about the person. There is something almost magical about drawing with such simple tools, such as a pencil and paper, and creating work that has a spirit of its own.
What does American Made mean to you?
American Made means valuing the creative, entrepreneurial spirit that defines our country. My work celebrates the people and families that make up our communities and creates an personal, emotional connection through quality works of art.
What makes your business stand out?
My portraits are completely custom, hand drawn works. I always strive to reveal a personal narrative through an expression. I am passionate about creating thoughtful, detailed renderings of people, that spread joy to others.
What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?
Follow your dream and work hard. Always think of ways to connect yourself with others through your quality work or service. Embrace the possibility of both success and rejection, because each instance will give you an opportunity to grow and explore and avenue you might not have otherwise.
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