Hello and welcome!
Are you a new artist, author, or photographer looking for tips and encouragement?
If so, I have created this blog to share with you my techniques, learning moments, setbacks, and subsequent successes in these areas. Through the years, as I submitted art pieces to companies and manuscripts to agents, I have learned to see “rejection” for what it really is: a stepping stone to reaching your goal, or a redirection to something better you may not have originally considered.
I started out wanting to illustrate children’s books. While waiting for responses from publishers, collecting “not the right project for us” letters, and creating new work, I branched out into selling online. Since then, I have expanded into seven websites selling my artwork, books, and photography. My art and photography has sold on a variety of products such as canvas prints, throw pillows, apparel, and greeting cards. I’ve had illustrations licensed by a home and garden company, and a painting was selected for a museum exhibition. Based on that, I’ve expanded my view to submitting to more museum exhibitions. It’s not what was originally planned, but is so much better than I hoped for!
Give your passion room to grow. It is amazing to see how it blossoms over time!
On this website, my goal is to:
Share my experiences of breaking into these fields
Share sources of information that have helped me
Post step-by-step picture guides of how I created paintings and composed photos
Post inspiring quotes that have helped me stay focused on pursuing my passions
Blog about my setbacks and learning moments as I improved my craft
Bring together my artwork, books, and photography websites into this one launching point