There is no better feeling than being able to do what you love and make money at it, too! I am a mural artist and my company is Artrageous-ART. I always knew that this was my dream to be able to use my talent in a career someday. I think everyone is born with some natural talent. We were all given gifts, and it’s up to you to tap into that and explore it, be fearless and live your dream.
My Mom definitely had a big influence on my life. From when we were young, she would always tell my sister and I that we could do and be anything we wanted. She would say not to fear anything, and force us to do things on our own and grow from the experiences of being out of our comfort zones. She gave me the confidence that I have today. From when I was younger in grade school, I was always drawing and making things. My teachers had told my parents that I had a special talent and that I was very creative. So, my parents signed me up for private art lessons on the weekends with professional artists. I loved doing this and did it for years. In high school I was voted the most talented in my graduating class, so I knew this was going to be my career choice.
I went to college and majored in Design and Illustration, and received my bachelor’s degree .I worked in NYC for ten years in the Garment Center painting textile designs for apparel. I took graduate classes at Fashion Institute of Technology and freelanced artwork. After getting married and having my second baby, the commute was getting to be too much and stressful. I decided to start my own business painting murals and doing decorative painting. The first couple of years were slow, but after donating some artwork to local businesses and getting my name out there, it picked up and grew.
Today Artrageous-ART has been in business for over twenty years and doing great. Times and trends have changed, faux finishes are not as popular as they once were. Furniture refinishing has gotten very popular. Instead of putting new cabinets in, a lot of people are refinishing them. I still do a lot of children’s rooms and nurseries. What is really nice is that every job is different and I love working with customers and turning their visions into reality.
If you have something that you are really passionate about, you should go with your instincts and follow your dreams. At least try doing what you love.
Website : www.ARTRAGEOUS-ART.com