Where I came from:
I have been drawing for nearly three years, having spent my previous existence in retail work. I was looking for something to unleash my pent up creativity for years and finally found it at the tip of a coloured pencil.
I never expected anything to come from the first drawings I created, I was happy for it to be an artistic release for me, but after the great feedback from friends and family I decided there might be something in it, and decided to take the leap and become self-employed setting up my business.
What I’m doing now:
Since then I have been creating art work for various customers, and I'm currently illustrating a children's language book translating Ojibwe (a native American language) to English. This book will house a collection of wild animal portraits. I am an Open Studios artist, which gave me the ability to learn more about presenting and exhibiting my work. I have taken part in a few exhibitions now, and I am now organising my own art exhibitions, bringing artists from the local community to the forefront allowing them to showcase what they do. I find that there are so many events focussing on crafts but not many arts.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and various events being cancelled or unavailable to be planned I have taken to creating an online community collection on my website. I am bringing together local artists and providing them a platform to exhibit their work and sell it directly on site.
I am also looking to do some workshops teaching others how to draw using watercolour pencil after various feedback from online live streams and various events I have partaken in. This is both exciting but has a touch of trepidation as I have never taught before and still feel like the new kid on the block.
Where I intend to go:
I have been thinking about branching out in my art topics for a while. I still love drawing animal portraits but I have always had a fascination and innate joy in fantasy topics. As such I will be conjuring a new portfolio, with the intent to perhaps illustrate more books of varying types and create art for other mediums such as board games.
I am also looking to keep bringing more artists together and giving them a chance to showcase their work online and in physical locales as time permits.