Most of my clients don't realize that I have a regular 9-5 job. I work as a manager at an iconic media company in the St. Louis area. Besides that, I juggle a husband, 3 kids, and a household while still making time for what I love most... art. (***12/2017 Update: My department was laid off and I now get to do this fulltime!)
In 2014, a friend of mine made a New Year post on Facebook encouraging people to create things.
For whatever reason, it resonated with me. I bought a sketchbook and some colored pencils and started drawing like I used to as a teenager.
People began ordering commissioned drawings.
As with most everything else in my life, I began looking for ways to go "bigger and better". I came across some cool baseball crafts online and decided that with my construction-working husband's help, I could make an American flag out of bats and baseballs. We spent an entire weekend planning, measuring, remeasuring, messing up, getting splinters, buying tools, and literally having no idea how it would turn out.
We finished the flag, posted it, and it sold immediately.
The orders started pouring in and we instantly knew we had something special. The baseball flag has been, by far, my best seller.
That's what brought about the upcycling element to my work, and now, I am constantly striving to create unique pieces that people would love to have in their homes and offices. Stuff you can't buy in stores.
Since the baseball flags took off, I've also had to find new ways to acquire supplies. I got in touch with some great local baseball coaches and equipment managers and was able to work out deals where I purchase their old equipment allowing them to purchase new bats and balls for their teams.
It was a win-win. I could breathe life into old sports equipment that would otherwise clutter landfills and could even help people in my community at the same time.
I'm so grateful and proud to say that my work has found its way into the home of the famous former-teenage heartthrob (by the way, he's still oh-so-dreamy) Tony Orlando. He hung it up right next to his Congressional Medal of Honor and Entertainer of the Year Awards which is quite an honor for me. Supplement Superstores and Safe Harbor Finance are also collectors and my work is currently being displayed in over 11 states.
I've had the pleasure of being a part of major projects for charitable organizations such as Cardinals Care, Hannah's Helping Ways, Budweiser Guns 'N Hoses, BackStoppers, St. Louis County Police Welfare Association, Officer Blake Snyder's Family, and the St. Louis Zoo and I intend to multiply my donations each and every year. The beautiful part about donating artwork to fundraisers is that while I personally could only donate so much of my own money, my artwork raises funds way above and beyond that - which is an incredible feeling.
Although I have dabbled in many different types of art, I now specialize in sports, music, and Americana. I've worked really hard to begin a collection of artwork for you to choose from and I have an ungodly amount of ideas on deck. The best aspect of this whole journey has been the people. And the love. When I hand someone a piece of art that I've created in my free time and their face lights up like a kid on Christmas morning, when they get a tear in their eye and want to hug me - I know I'm doing something right.
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