Today, I introduce Kara, of Geometric Ink as our next Become Your Dream storyteller. Kara offers cards, original art and prints that combines delicate washes of gray and black, with the occasional color, on white paper.
1. Tell us about yourself and where you’re located.
When I was a little girl I knew that I loved to create and would be making things with my hands and imagination my entire life. My watercolors are modeled after images and colors that I love and would hang in my own home. My love of geometric shapes has always been with me, but my rural life in central Arkansas has transformed my paintings of shapes into paintings of geometry mixed in with natural elements like birds, deer and diamonds.
2. What is your business and what sets you apart from others?
I sell my original, hand painted watercolors mainly thru the wonderfully creative Etsy community. After searching thru hundreds of pages of artwork on the Etsy site to hang in my new home, I realized that there was nothing quite like my art available. I specialize in large, modern, hand painted and most importantly, affordable watercolors. I created a series of large, beautifully simple watercolors so that everyone who desires an original piece of art can afford one.
3. What is your passion in life and/or business?
I can easily say that my one true passion besides parenting my two amazing children, is painting. Pure and simple. There is something truly soul satisfying after you create a piece of art that a complete stranger finds beautiful and wants in their home.
4. What brings you ultimate joy and inspiration?
If I could spend a day doing whatever my heart desires I would take my children to a beautiful woodland park and just spend the entire afternoon taking photos of all the wonderful things nature has to offer and eating decadent desserts, picnic style. Then I would paint the night away with no thought about how late it is and how early I have to get up the next morning. My inspiration comes from all the things I see around me, whether that be a gorgeous geometric throw pillow, or a hand painted vase dug out of a southern flea market. Also, if it can be captured in nature with a camera, then it could and probably has, inspired one of my paintings.
5. Who are your dream customers/clients?
I recently sold a painting to the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (the Emmys). My painting now hangs in their New York office. It was exciting to sell a piece to an organization that is so influential. Honestly, I sell to my dream customers weekly. The people I meet thru my shop constantly surprise me with their kind words of encouragement and mutual love of art. My current customers are a dream come true.
6. What has been one of your biggest lessons or challenges as an entrepreneur, and how did you learn from it?
Conquering my professional grade printer and scanner has been the most challenging thing I have tackled in years! Being able to offer my customers prints as well as originals is important to me. Selling super affordable prints will allow my work to be more accessible to an even wider array of people. Technology and I do not mix. I really should just stick to mastering a paint brush!
7. Where do you see yourself 3 years from now?
In the future I hope to be selling my original designs on everything imaginable, clothing, pillows, mugs (since I am a coffee addict and adore my favorite mugs), stationary and anything else that will lend itself to my designs. When someone stumbles across my shop I want them to be able to find something that they simply can’t live without.
8. If you had 30 seconds in an elevator with your role model, who would it be and what would you say?
If I had a few brief moments with anyone, I would love it to be Bob Marley. I would first thank him for keeping me company with his music on countless sleepless nights while I stay up for hours and paint. If Bob wasn’t available, then Jesus for obvious reasons!
9. If money was no issue, where would you be and what would you be doing?
If I had my way I would be in Africa climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. I would then paint using inspiration from all of amazing photographs I had taken along the way to the top. Seeing the world would give me a lifetime of inspiration.
10. Any words of wisdom you would like to share with others looking striving to become their dream?
For me, my dream is creating and painting. Once I became my dream, my life, soul, and spirit opened up just a little bit more. I smile more, laugh more and have never been happier. If you strive every day to get just a little bit closer to becoming your dream your life will always be full.
I am currently listening to: Bob Marley, The Rolling Stones Angie is on repeat right now, and The Beatles.
My favorite book is: The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. I am a secret History buff and love war movies and novels.
My favorite business tool or piece of equipment is: Small, oval tipped sable paint brush.
My favorite quote is: Explore, dream, discover