This week's maker to know is Brooklyn Lamb. Brooklyn is a talented portrait artist with a true passion for her craft. Read on to find out about how she started her shop, her plans for the future, and inspirations!
Being a small business owner myself, I love to hear the origin stories of other makers. When and how did you decide to start your own business? What is your creative background?
I started doing commissioned portraits in 2007, but I really decided to make it an official business early in 2011. At that point, I knew I didn’t want to just paint as a hobby anymore. I realized that I NEEDED to make this creative journey happen. I grew up with a family full of artists and open-minded movers and shakers, and so it was easy to feel free to explore different avenues of art.
How did you decide to focus on your medium & style?
I’ve been painting since 2003. Feeling the rhythm of the paintbrush move between my fingers makes me feel like i’m dancing inside. I’m in love with color and texture and making a mess, so the medium of painting easily became my birth child.
I don’t think anyone can really choose their “style”. Many times I have a vision to execute a painting a specific way, but I swear, my hand has a brain of it’s own, and whatever comes out is raw and pure nature.
(I totally agree with what she's saying here! ^ couldn't relate more! -Bianca)
Have you set any exciting goals for yourself or your business for 2015? What can we look forward to seeing from you!
I really want to get back to being as “free” in my work as i was when I first started, back when there was no critiques, no goals, no one actually seeing my work except for me. I just did what I felt. As the years have gone on, I’ve felt that I have grown in exacting the likeness in people, but I would really like my paintings to be more abstract. I want people to feel some kind of emotion from my work.
What advice would you give to someone just starting out in their own self-made business?
Don’t let procrastination look you in the eye. Just working consistently, regardless of the stress in your life or how you feel about yourself, really produces quality. The best work I’ve done has been built through the hardest of times. Pressure makes diamonds, right? And inspiration doesn’t come out of thin air, it comes through as you continue to be creative.
When you're not creating, what do you love to do?
I love making my daughter laugh; being outside, even if I’m weeding; getting lost in a book; sharing a homemade meal with friends.
Lastly, can you share three of your favorite artists?
Henri Matisse: i love the progression of his work, how it became so free and abstract towards the end. Vincent Van Gogh: for his bold brush strokes and use of color. Mitchell Johnson: his tones and shapes just put me at ease.