Wednesday, March 3, 2010

EAOC's Wednesday Spotlight

Meet EAOC Artist:  Elizabeth W.

 Found in the Moonlit Grass. Acrylic on deepset canvas. 14 x 14 approx. Inspired by the many times God has met me in nature and talked to me through it. Moonlit nights talking with Him and feeling peace in my spirit and heart were among favorites.

Tell us about yourself.
I am a multiracial artist from Michigan. I am single, and live with a group of friends in a house one of them owns. I don't have a regular 9 to 5, but I have aspirations of a creative and ministerial nature. It's a cool kind of life.

What are you currently doing besides your creative craft?
I am pursuing a career in art and writing. I am also living a life of ministry, which includes music ministry.

What is the address for your Etsy shop?

What do you offer in your Etsy shop?
Right now I am offering a few choice original paintings on top of the line canvas. Very soon I should be adding the piece I am currently working on.

Where do you create?
I create wherever I have the most space and light, which is not in my home, so I take my pieces on the road.

Where do you find your inspiration?
I am inspired by God usually, although one of my works was inspired by the family cat!

How did you get started in your line of business?
I have always loved to create, mostly crafts and then I got into jewelry for a while. I was never a painter. But then I asked God to increase my ability because I really wanted to paint, and He did! I realize, though, that my best work comes when I am worshiping God. It's pretty amazing.

How do you promote your business?
Well, I am pretty new to the game, so I am just starting out in promotions. I am getting more involved in the etsy community, and I have also created a website showcasing my work. I use facebook and other online social networking sites as well as to talk about my work and show it off. I also have a blog I will be updating soon, as well as placing up flyers and handing out business cards. I have to bulk up my collection, but once I do, I would love to approach some of the local galleries.

What is one of your most important lessons you've learned since starting your business?
Getting involved with online communities and connecting with various people is where it's at.

What advice would you give someone just starting out?
Bulk up your collection. Get involved! Find online communities of like minded artists and connect with them! Cross promote. Don't be afraid to hand out business cards or to approach coffee shops or other cool places to display your art.

What are some of your favorite online shops on and off Etsy?
Like I said, I'm new at this, so it is hard to say what is my favorite. On etsy, I think ReLoved Designs is one of my favorite artists and people. I like Kippyssomature as well. Off of etsy, I have friends who are artists who have pages on facebook, and I really like some of their stuff! Like Jona Lee Photography and Alberto Martin Photography.

What are your other sites (i.e. Blogger, Wordpress, Facebook, Twitter)?

Congratulations, Elizabeth for being an EAOC featured artist!

 Tune in on Friday to read about our next featured artist.


Pam C. said...

nice read, love the sunflower painting.

Libby said...

Love this featured painting! And I have to agree with you that online communities are wonderful for sharing your craft and learning from other like-minded people.

Kelly Miller said...

Luv your Found In The Moonlit Grass painting. Sounds like you've got it all together. Much success to you :)

Lisa Abdul-Quddus said...

Very nice interview and good advice about the online communities. Wishing you great success Elizabeth!

Cassandra Bromfield's Blogs said...

The artwork is stunning can't wait to see each new work added then sold!


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