Hi friends ---
What a crazy, wonderful past month it has been! We are rounding out February and I've been SO busy I've realized I haven't shared with you all that I meant to. I'm still getting this "planning ahead" thing pinned down... I suppose better late than never, right?
So earlier in January, I was chosen to be the first featured artist + first to partake in an interview series with www.easelforart.com. What an honor, right? Being picked to be the first at anything in life is a total Sally moment of "you like me! you really, really like me!" and I felt that through and through when Easel reached out to me. But I know most of you are thinking... who and what is Easel? Let me explain. Easel is the dynamic duo of Negah and Sahand who created a platform to help consumers easily navigate through various mediums of art and request commissions - straight from the artists themselves. I know, I wish I would've thought of it myself! They are building this start up with the intention on making everyone's lives easier; artists, clients, consumers, the works. In just a few short months, they've gained recognition in their home state of California, being interviewed by LA Times for a full article after the New Year! Wowza. With so much competition in San Francisco and the dog-eat-dog nature of Los Angeles, I couldn't be more proud that these two kind souls scored a spot in the LA Times.
As for the interviews, Negah and I talked on the phone for over an hour this day while I blabbed and she feverishly typed away all of my nonsense in a local coffee shop in Los Angeles. Trust me, she got ALL of the scoop on my journey - and probably more than she wanted! Her write ups for this two-part series include some of my crazy verbiage and make for a great 15 minute read via her Medium profile page. I talk about what I would've done if art never came into my life, my process, and learning how to articulate exactly what's happening in front of me while I paint.
I've linked my interviews part one + two here and here.
Needless to say, my gut told me from the beginning how good these people are and I hope their site is the next Twitter, Google, Uber, or Facebook. I had a blast chatting with Negah and hope you have just as much fun reading it. Remember to trust your instincts and partner with your perception of the best of the best - you will reap the benefits in the end!
PS: You can also follow along with their site on Instagram through the handle @easelforart