Merry Christmas! This post is a bit sappy, so thanks for reading :)
Looking back on the year 2017, I can’t believe that it is almost over. This year has gone by in a flash. I started the year off a bit directionless, I knew that I wanted to paint, but I was not sure how to make money doing it. The first half of the year was spent doing freelance design and working on selling paintings I had made. I wanted to try being a “daily painter” (an artist who paints a small painting every day and then posts it online to sell) this, however was not my style. It was a lot of stress, and thinking of something new to paint every day was awfully hard. I was ready to apply for graphic design jobs and go back to the 9-5.
In June I had the opportunity to start working for Chewy.com as a commissioned pet painter. They send me a batch of their client’s photos each week and I paint them. They do this for free as a special gift for their customers. This really turned around everything for me, as it gave me a more structured schedule and the opportunity to keep painting. This helped me establish pet painting as my main form of income, and I set up my own business! I now get the opportunity to paint many different pets from all over and I love it! I am very happy painting pets and animals. So thank you to Chewy.com for really giving me direction and showing me what I really can do.
Looking forward to 2018 I really hope to continue to go down this path, and grow my business. Thank you for reading, encouraging and working with me in all aspects of my life! I now am going to explode from eating way too many cookies and watch the Grinch for the millionth time! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!