This is my FIRST blog! I’m launching my Art Business!

Welcome to my FIRST ever blog post. Thank you so much for being here!

As of February 2019, I made the decision to leave behind my office job to follow my calling as an artist.

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It’s funny how things happen and how things grow over time. I started painting again in 2016, after taking a hiatus to finish my business degree, and figured I would introduce my creative side to the world on social media. I shared my creations to my Facebook friends and Instagram followers, and until that moment, not many people knew I painted!

I showed my art in St. Louis for the first time in 2016, and in that same show, the small self-portrait I created, titled “My Mother’s Daughter”, sold opening night. It was a sign that I was exactly where I needed to be.

2017 was filled with more growth and really stretching my comfort zone. That year, I started painting live in front of people at events and sharing my creative process with onlookers.

2018 began in a similar fashion as the previous year, and I had no inkling to take my art business to full time status. I wore the badges proudly that “I’m the Director of Finance at a local art organization”, “I have a business degree”, “my art company is an LLC - I manage my books”, and “I create paintings and commissions every chance I get (before work, after work, and weekends)”.

I remember hearing about a local artist who had been making an art career full time for a few years and thinking how cool that would be. I was completely in awe that it was even possible. It was like I just found out that some mythical creature was not only real, but actually living amongst us! I have to say, it was in that specific moment, the curtain started to slowly pull back at the possibility of running my art business full time. I initially dismissed the thought as quickly as it entered.

The funny thing is, when you have a calling and are meant to do something, it will find its way to you.

I’ve heard artists ask, “what’s your ‘why’?” or “why do you create"?” I learned my “why” about a year ago. You see, my gift is creating artwork filled with joy, and my calling is to share it with the world. That’s ‘why’ I create - to share joy with the world. To make it a happier place, one colorful painting at a time. Too cheesy? I don’t think so. I’ve seen my artwork, first hand, connect with people, and their stories, and it’s so moving. The power that art has to affect people on the inside is so moving, and honestly, quite humbling. This is why in late 2018 - after much deliberation, planning, praying, and analysis - I finalized the decision to leave my full-time position as Director of Finance and Human Resources, and focus solely on running my art business starting February 2019.

So, here we are!

I’m beyond excited to share what is planned so far this year so I’ll be writing blog posts frequently. I like being able to connect with you and share more than a standard post or newsletter email. (Don’t worry - I’ll still be sending newsletters here and there)

The year’s events kick off the first week of March, when I’ll be flying to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for an artist/business retreat. Immediately following the retreat (in fact, the same day I return home) I will be participating in a live painting fundraiser in St. Louis. (Wallball 2019 actually - tickets are available!)

So stay tuned for all that excitement!

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As always, thank you for your support and for being here!!! I truly appreciate it.

xo

Jessica