Q. When and how did you start working in this business?
A. Years ago I was a freelance graphic designer and served on the Woodford Humane Society Board of Directors. The plight of the homeless animals touched my heart and I wanted to do more to help, which soon turned into a full-time volunteer job for several years. While still giving time to the Humane Society but needing a change of pace, I started painting.
I began painting full time in pastels, especially animals. In 2008, I began creating notecards and prints from my original art. My business took off from there and I've never looked back. In addition to animals, I also paint floral, still life and landscapes, finding my inspiration throughout Kentucky and all over the country.
Q. What is your signature style?
A. In our "Classic" line, I work in a painterly style that captures the personality of animals yet maintains a fine art aesthetic. In the "Grin & Share It!" line, I start with my original art and combine it with my photography to create a collage style. The colors are vibrant and eye-catching. Both lines lend themselves to the humorous side of life.
Q. What are your most popular stationery offerings?
A. We had many requests for greeted and humorous cards so we took that to heart and created the "Grin & Share It!" line. It is very fun, witty and quirky.
Q. Please share the direction your line will be taking.
A. We will continue to expand the "Classics" and "Grin & Share It!" lines with more images and greeted selections, as well as creating new gift items from these images.
Q. If you couldn't do this, what would you do instead?
A. I am an artist at heart and have been all of my life. I can't imagine doing something that isn't creatively driven.