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I am so blessed to be able to do what I love and to make a living doing it.

Before moving to New York City to pursue my singing career, I was living in the San Francisco bay area working in my father’s antique store painting furniture. My work has ended up in people’s homes, offices, galleries in the bay area as well as furniture stores such as ABC Carpet in New York City.

While I feel very blessed, I have also had my share of angst regarding my work. While going to college in pursuit of a degree, one of my art teachers told me to “stick to singing.” I know he meant it as a compliment and truthfully I was planning to pursue music over art, but nonetheless, those words left an impression. In addition, a friend of mine who also happens to be an artist told me my work was nothing but “kitties and bunnies”. Both of these people are…

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  • Joined March 27, 2012

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Beautiful old pieces of furniture, plaster, acrylic paints, oil paints, spray paints, glitter, rhinestones, vintage architecture, metal findings, more than I can list

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About

I am so blessed to be able to do what I love and to make a living doing it.

Before moving to New York City to pursue my singing career, I was living in the San Francisco bay area working in my father’s antique store painting furniture. My work has ended up in people’s homes, offices, galleries in the bay area as well as furniture stores such as ABC Carpet in New York City.

While I feel very blessed, I have also had my share of angst regarding my work. While going to college in pursuit of a degree, one of my art teachers told me to “stick to singing.” I know he meant it as a compliment and truthfully I was planning to pursue music over art, but nonetheless, those words left an impression. In addition, a friend of mine who also happens to be an artist told me my work was nothing but “kitties and bunnies”. Both of these people are very talented and certainly appreciate fine art. But both of these people prefer art that is dark and deeply provocative and sometimes disturbing. In spite of the fact that I was making a living painting whimsical furniture pieces, I couldn’t get their words out of my head. Those two people, those two phrases made me doubt that I could ever call myself an artist. My work wasn’t dark and brooding and disturbing, and it never would be.

It wasn’t until very recently that I finally began to see that I am an artist. I just choose to look at the world differently. Just like the music I sing, I prefer painting the world happy. I like taking a piece of furniture, a functional piece, and turning it into something whimsical and happy and bright. I don’t think the only “real” art is the stuff that hangs passively on your wall. I think “real” art is in the eyes and heart of the beholder and the creator!

There is nothing that makes me happier than knowing that I can turn something completely useful and functional into a work of art that will evoke a memory or bring a smile to your face!

I am so very blessed and I thank etsy and all of you for allowing me to do what I love so in this world!

It is an honor to know my work is in your most sacred place, your home!


Thanks!

Beth




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