“I feel like I have always been artist.”
As a little girl Carla Seaton loved to draw and paint. It wasn’t just because she was a child; it was more of “this is who I am.”
“I have been an artist my whole life, but I didn’t start accepting that I was an artist until about seven years ago,” Carla said.
The girls with the inspirational sayings are a reflection of what Carla is working on in her life, or might be based on her beliefs; sometimes it is what she wants others to think about. If a quote inspires her, it becomes a part of the series. For Carla, her art is an alter ego, an extension of how she views the world.
Artists need to grow, to do that sometimes they challenge themselves to learn a new technique, try something different, or burst into another form of creativity. Carla decided she needed a new challenge so she illustrated a children’s book, Animals in the Alphabet. It did so well, she took a leap of faith again and did a coloring book full of inspiration with the Girls in the Striped Tights and uplifting quotes.
When Carla accepted she was an “artist” she also accepted she needed to treat her art like a business. The business side of the art gets in the way of the creative side of the business, but it necessary for it to grow. Carla’s art is online on various sites like her website, Etsy, Fine Art American and more. For the personal touch in the business she enters art festivals and has a booth occasionally at the Anacortes Farmers Market. In the last two years the business has finally started to breakeven and make a little money.
Like all young entrepreneurs, the struggle is to find balance between work, family, and just enjoying what you do. Carla works for a local dentist, has two children in school, runs the business side of her art, and somewhere amongst all that finds time to create. The gypsy in her hopes to retire someday and hit the Florida circuit showing off (and selling) her Funky Art.
For her fans, we enjoy her funky art, the inspirational sayings and drawings she creates. We feel a kinship to how she explores art and life. And, her bright colors make us happy too.
QUOTE: “She stood brave and tall in her truth. She announced she was an artist. She always had been, but finally had the courage to believe in herself.”
Meet the spouse behind the artist – Dan Seaton.
“If it wasn’t for Dan, I honestly might not be doing this,” Carla said.
Dan is the supportive spouse of Carla’s Funky Art. He works a full-time job for the sheriff’s department on San Juan Island, but on the weekend, he is art supporter extraordinaire. He attends every art festival with Carla, setting up and tearing down the tent, packing up the art, ringing up sells, interacting with her fans, getting lunch for the starving artist, and more.
“We treat our art festivals like mini-vacations,” Carla said. They both enjoy it... a bonus for the business, for the art, and for the fans.
In 2017, the art festival circuit they will be attending is Edmonds Art Festival, Anacortes Art Festival, and Coupeville.