In January of 2008, I claimed VOL.25 as my business name, bought a business license, mustered up some confidence and opened an etsy shop to sell my artwork. Opening this volume in my life at the age of 25, has since created several new chapters for my family and I over the past 5 years. I never could have imagined that the power of the internet, a site like etsy and a love to create would bring me to where I am today. My dreams for VOL.25 began very humble. As a stay at home mom (to just one daughter at the time) it was simply a creative outlet, that could possibly earn our family some extra spending money while still allowing me to stay at home with our girls.
// My Journey through Art //
As a child I had always enjoyed drawing, as a teen I had mainly worked with pencil and graphite. I was fortunate enough to have my art hanging in a gallery at the young age of 16. One of the curators of the gallery took an interest in my art and was eager to critique and encourage. I remember her telling me that I had an artists' license, and I was allowed to freely use it however I wished. The things I drew did not need to be accurate, I could change anything I chose, and represent them in an entirely new light. As a completely self taught artist, her words were encouraging and priceless.
Years after getting married and a year after giving birth to our first daughter, I felt compelled to get back in touch with the artistic part of myself. Only I chose a completely new journey, in the form of digital art and graphic design. I purchased my first pen tablet and I spent hours in photoshop learning my way around the program. The pen tablet took some getting used to, but over time I felt comfortable enough with my art to put it out in the world. I will admit I was terrified of rejection, and filled with doubt. But somehow, I managed to take that first big leap and make myself vulnerable. I am so glad I did. The response was amazing, and within a year of opening I had already signed a contract with a licensing agent.
// A Licensed Artist //
With the help of my licensing agent I have been able to see my art printed on Journals, calendars, notebooks, cell phone cases, cards and even wood plaques. It is really exciting to see or hear of my art recognized within the walls of Hobby Lobby, Barnes & Noble, TJ's, or even Chapters. I have even been fortunate enough to have Hallmark license a couple images, that was a pinch-able worthy moment!
// A Move To The Mountains //
At the end of 2012 my husband and I sold our home in Prosser, WA and moved our family of four to the Methow Valley. We bought a cabin at the edge of Washington's North Cascade Mountains. The fresh mountain air and simpler way of life inspires the direction of my work. I strive to create simple, beautiful, encouraging art that will help carry you through the toughest of days. Gentle reminders are most effective when sprinkled in your environment. :)
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso
// ONLINE PRESS //
One Kings Lane, Design Sponge, Maie Dae, Decor8, Designismine, Apartment Therapy, Creature Comforts, Smile & Wave, Young House Love, Skunkboy Creatures, My Sweet Savannah, Houzz, Dreamer Journal, Babble's top 50 etsy moms of 2011, The Nester
// IN PRINT //
Artful Blogging Summer 2011, Art Power September 2010, Cottages & Bungalows February | March 2015,
VOL25 Digital Eye Candy
In addition to my etsy shop, I also design and create custom shapes, and templates for photographers. The beginning of VOL25 Digital Eye Candy all began with this family photo, taken several years ago..