What is the name of your business?
How long have you been in business?
I began selling my art about two years ago in 2021.
What product or service do you provide?
I sell original paintings.
How is your business unique to the community?
My paintings are Afro futuristic. From human and animal portraits consist of organic shapes and textures. There is West African and Native American influence.
What led you to start your business?
I have been creating since I was a little girl. I always wanted to be known for my art. I always wanted to be that stylish woman talking about her piece at an exhibit. I wanted to own that gallery that exhibit was in. It took me to have my son three years ago and be a homemaker to give it a shot at showing my art to the world instead of just family. My son made me start my business. I want my son to remember the late nights, me holding him while painting, driving him to so many art events and Art always being around him.
Describe one “lesson learned” moment when starting or expanding your business.
Something I learned when starting my business is that changing and growing is supposed to make you uncomfortable. If your comfortable, things are stagnant and you will never grow and your situation will not change. Even though I’m an extrovert, the idea of being at art events and talking to so many people was intimidating but my mother reminded me that I have to be uncomfortable to grow. I pushed myself, messaged the right people and participated.
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about starting a business?
The advice I will give someone who is thinking about starting their own business is to stay authentic. It’s okay if your quirky, your product or service is quirky- that’s what makes you stand out. Being like everyone else is honestly boring. Be your authentic self.
How can a customer connect with you?
Email: [email protected]