I generate new things out of nothing. I stare down chaos and create order. I curate, I destroy, I search for meaning and newness. I look for ways to fund my maniacal desire to paint larger - but I don't know why I want to paint bigger. I have magic and I look for new ways to get paid for my magic. I ask bigger questions than I can figure out on my own.
As an artist I struggle to define my job title. I struggle to explain exactly where I want to go and why I mean to go there. Why is it important? Who do I serve? And how do I succinctly explain something that feels so expansive to me?
When I decided to pursue my art full-time, I left a corporate job that included a clearly defined set of goals and responsibilities. I spent several months reeling in the possibilities and the wide-open options. I was not an arrow. I was the hands on a clock and I spun around in 360 degrees, ending where I started at the beginning of the day. I told everyone that I was a freelance graphic artist.
But I gradually listened to the quiet stirring in my fingers. I watched the birds outside my studio window and considered how the Lord provides for them. I worked hard (and continue to work) to trust Him to provide for me in the same way. I considered a direction and became more focused on my path. I tried to stop my clock hands and point towards a single goal. I wrote constantly: jumbled questions that I'm still sorting through.
Artists have a variety of job titles including creative director, founder, CFO, and marketing manager. I specialize in website development, e commerce, product design, customer service, and content creation. I'm learning to embrace each of these job titles with the joy and excitement that comes from having something bigger than a job. I have a mission and a message that is uniquely mine, and that makes me more than a freelancer - it makes me an Artist.
Since I want to focus on creating beautiful art, I’ll let someone else handle the manufacturing, shipping, and delivery. I’ll sell templates, downloads, and of course, my original art on my own site. I’ll still work with a few trusted partners to create things like canvas art and cell phone cases to sell on my own site, but my plan is to shift a lot of the products to places like Redbubble and Zazzle so my international customers can have a better experience with my art.