Interviews with Webster Dudley Business Alliance members
1. Please describe your business & what makes it unique.
I am a local artist who has a home studio. Giving lessons to adults and children is wonderful, seeing what can be created and how different we all interpret art. I also love doing consignment work and am interested in doing more of this. I do person work; homes, business, pet and boat/car portraits, but will do whatever you want for your needs in any size and medium. Watercolor and acrylic are my favorites.
2. What is your specific role in the business?
I am an individual and have no employees, just me and my dog Penny, who loves to spend time in the studio as well.
3. Why did you decide to locate in the Webster-Dudley Area?
I retired here full time after spending summers on the lake and my family is all local as well. It is a great area to live in and I have found success in exhibiting, selling work and consignment/lessons to keep me busy and out of trouble!
4. How long has your business been in existence?
I have been painting for as long as I can remember, have studied with more than 20 artists and continue to do so. I am a member of the Rhode Island Water Color Society, New England Water Color Society and have been involved in many artist groups over the past 30 years. I am currently chair of the Webster Cultural Committee as well.
5. Do you have a business goal you would like to share with us?
I would like to do more large consignment work for business and professional display. I recently completed all the work for the new Hometown Bank in Webster and am looking forward to doing more work like this.
I can do anything anybody is looking for to enhance the walls of their office or business.
6. What marketing tools do you find effective? I advertise mostly through my work but am affiliated with a few galleries in Connecticut and am known locally for my work.
7. Has your business improved with the “shop local”
Not to date but I just joined the WDBA and am looking forward to more. I have displayed frequently at Booklovers, have prints at Webster Lake Gifts, do all the artwork on display for Point Breeze and now Hometown. I also design and sell note cards.
8.Please share an interesting experience about your business.
As an individual , it is sometimes difficult to convince people that supporting a local artist is important to our community. I was thrilled to work with Sharon Dimopoulas and the Hometown Bank staff to create a local feeling in that beautiful facility. I love painting, enjoy teaching (retired educator) and look forward to more of that in my future.
Recently I accepted to two new juried shows in Rhode Island. I have prints of my lake paintings in John Kerry’s office in Washington, have done consignment work for people all over the country and Europe so it can be rewarding to paint something that others appreciate.
I have done many personalized home portraits for local patrons, as well as paintings of their businesses, cars, boats, trucks etc., and have now begun adding pet portraits to that list. I am also offering HOME ART PARTIES “ARTRAGEOUS” – you supply the space and refreshments for a two hour painting party get together.
- Where do you see your business a year or two from now? Still painting and doing more of it.
- In closing, do you have a favorite quote or motto to share? Art inspires the soul, makes you laugh, cry, think or just savor the moment . I strive to do this with my work.