When I’m at shows, I often see my customers carefully go through my prints and cards and have an emotional reaction.
“Oh…this is so true.”
“My sister needs this.”
“Your art is so HAPPY!”
And occasional (and my favorite)
“I’m dying of cuteness 😆”
I also hear:
“Your cards say exactly what I wanna say!”
What that tells me is my messages feel more authentic than the ones you find at big box stores.
It makes me happy because I do care a lot about what I say on my cards.
Art is important, of course. And the message is equally as important!
When I craft my messages, I pull a lot of inspirations from my past work in social service.
At the domestic violence organization I worked at, we were trained to be non-judgemental listeners and supporters of the DV survivors.
Not an advice-giver or tell-them-what-to-do-er.
That approach was perfect fit for my personality. Everyone’s situation is so different. I don’t even wanna pretend to know what’s best for other people!
Instead, I let them know I saw and heard them. I wanted them to know they were not alone, and that they didn’t have to prove anything to me.
No matter what you’re going through or how you feel about yourself, you deserve respect and dignity.
So when I create messages for my work, I ask myself, does this feel respectful? Would I actually say that to someone I care about?
Or would it be helpful for me to hear this?
Because when I dig deeper – and making good work always requires you to dig deeper – I’m the one who needs to hear those messages the most.
I’m no better than you. I don’t have it all together. I need to be reminded of my worth every day.
Art heals, and to be honest, I’m just as much of a recipient of its healing power as you are ✨
Art also connects people.
Even though I’m severely introverted 🙋🏻♀️ I still need connection to other people to thrive. And my art has helped me to share myself and connect with so many awesome people (like YOU ❤️).
I’m super grateful that you’re at the receiving end of my creations, and I hope my art is helping you to connect with your loved ones, too 🌈
Thank you for being amazing!!
ps. do you wanna come enjoy my art and connect with me in person? I have shows and markets coming up! Click here to see my show schedule.
pps. a friendly reminder – price of my 8×10″ prints go up on June 1st. Purchase them now to take advantage of my current price.