I've been painting, drawing, making homemade things since I could walk. My sisters do it, my mother does it, it's just in our blood to find it more necessary to take the time to create things on our own rather than going out and buying it. There's a sense of accomplishment when you complete a hand made item you've thought of all on your own, almost like finishing a marathon type way.
I've always had a unique vision when it comes to things like artwork and even the things I wear. I find the joy of art when I dress myself every day, especially when I experiment odd things that shouldn't go together. Fashion has a whole other part of my heart when it comes to being artistic. Somehow later on through my years, people started recognizing my artwork and style and I started getting requests to paint things for friends and family. I would do it happily for free, until in my early college years I realized I could really make something out of myself and the talents I was blessed with.
I opened my Etsy shop in early 2014 with only three measly little prints of my artwork. This was a huge deal to me to sell my artwork, I've never been comfortable putting a price tag on my work. My father, husband and father-in-law are born entrepreneurs, so I thought I could give it a shot. Never in a million years did I think I would quit my day job to pursue my life long dream and love of being an artist. Being myself. And people actually enjoying it alongside me.
Since I opened my shop, I moved onto an actual website www.celestecclark.com. I am constantly adding new products, blogging about my family & outfits, and updating weekly. One of my favorite things to do when I am feeling uninspired is using plants/flowers that are close to dying and painting around them. I like to take photos of my work and post them on my instagram to see if I am creating things people find relevant in their lives to be inspired by or even purchase something from my shop to liven up their homes or work places. I strive to be optimistic in all that I make and post, I believe life is too short to be negative, especially on social media. I want joy and happiness to fill other's minds when they see the things I post, I think that's what artwork is all about.