So as you all know I love to support local and started a segment where we could share, learn and inspire! It is so important to support local and share your findings with others.
During lock down, we are going to do a whole lot of these to highlight these businesses – many of which are taking HUGE strain during this time – and shed some awareness and love to all.
So I discovered Caren Walsh, who is the most incredible artist and I knew I had to share with you all! How flipping amazing are her portraits? I have commissioned one for myself as these are just beyond gorgeous. So much talent! Will share with you when its done. She also does the most gorgeous collages – check out her Instagram for more!
She has a special at the moment for an A4 portrait at R300! Take advantage 🙂 Caren loves commissions and would love to to do your portrait too!
We chatted to the lovely Caren and she had this to say!
Tell us a little bit about your business.
I always worked the creative field, but just over 2 years ago I started painting again to help deal with anxiety. Since then I have built up a following and a solid client base. I work in many mediums: watercolour, inks, acrylics and collage. These days you need more than one job, so being an artist is my after hours gig.
What are the top 3 learnings you have had to find out the hard way since starting your own business?
1. Planning where you want to your business to be is important, but just starting is as important. I tend to overthink goals and projects.
I find making a list of what you want to do/achieve helps, if it’s out of my head on paper then i can start ticking things off.
2. Nothing is going to be perfect, you learn, adjust and move forward.
3. Saying no is the hardest lesson for me. I hate to disappoint people so will often take on too much and then I become overwhelmed and avoid painting which then ends up with me disappointing them.
I feel that communication is key to overcoming this.
Stay in touch with your clients and let them know if you are falling behind with the deadlines.
People understand and appreciate you for communicating.
Where do you see your business in 5 years? Once we have gotten over the effects of the lock down.
I would love to be selling my work overseas, have an exhibition with my collage work and work on a range of fabrics, wallpapers, t-shirts etc.
What is your advice to individuals out there wanting to start their own businesses but are too scared?
Not everything is going to go perfectly, but that is ok. I don’t believe that anything is a waste of time, a failed project is just a learning experience. You learn, you adjust and move on. You can learn and improve from every situation, good and bad.
Tell us 2 things that are the BEST part about owning your own business and make it all worth while?
Currently being an artist is my second job, but I love connecting with new people and being able to express my creativity.
How has lock down affected you and your team?
Lockdown gave me the opportunity to see what it would be like to be an artist full time.
I have connected with lots of new people with my lockdown portrait special, making art at an accessible price.
This has pushed the main bulk of my current business to being commission based. It has taken me by surprise and I’m so very grateful for all the support from my amazing clients.