today we’re dropping in on talented L.A.-based multi-media artist
were you working elsewhere before leaving to start your business?
Yes, I was working as the Studio Manager at
was your new path motivated by a particular creative need or personal goal?
My new path was motivated by my obsession with the calligraphy done by the calligraphers that we worked with at
did you receive any particular advice that stood out when starting your own business?
I don’t remember any particular advice, but I do remember the unusual timing of my business’s beginning. I started my business in the days before the financial crisis peaked in September 2008 and I remember thinking that the timing was advantageous because I didn’t have anything to lose, only to grow. I was still working full time at
where do you gain fuel that inspires your creative endeavors?
I gain creative fuel from the interactions and relationships I have with the inspiring people around me. I also gain creative fuel from nature. Because Los Angeles is full of creative people and surrounded by profusely differing gorgeous landscapes, I find it a great place to be creatively inspired.
what was the most unexpected aspect of putting together your business?
At one point, I found it surprising that having a business felt like what I imagine having a child feels like. It needs constant attention, and the more you tend to it the more it will flourish. I also still find it surprising how planting a seed eight years ago has blossomed into a garden of interesting projects and clients.
what’s your favorite thing about your studio space?
My favorite thing about my studio is that it’s allowed me to return to making larger scale paintings and drawing with oil mediums. I also love that i’m surrounded by other creative people that rent studios in the same building. I wanted to have a community around me because my work is solitary, and my studio provides me with social relief and great feedback from others.
what are some of your work tools that you can’t live without?
my calligraphy quill with a fresh supply of hunt 101 nibs at the ready. also,
what are the top three things someone should consider before changing careers or starting their own business?
1. the amount of time that it can take to become established; 2. the incredible amount of freedom it can give you; and 3. all the decision making that you will make during your career — it’s all up to you! a blessing and a curse.
what are three books that changed your life?
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