Tricia of Tricia's Creations, http://TriciasCreations.etsy.com is the featured artist this week. Tricia hand paints on anything that is stationary! She can personalize most of her painted items.What made you decide to open your own shop?
Stefanie (of Stefanie's Bownanza) was the one who convinced me to do this on Etsy. I have been active in crafts for many years and was looking to expand my sales beyond my shop and shows.
What is your favorite material to use?
I LOVE to paint on most anything, I just love to use color....
Talk briefly about your favorite item:
I particularly enjoy painting animals and children in ceramics and have painted so many pine cones I think i could do them in my sleep, HA!
What are your creative inspirations?
Nature is probably my greatest inspiration. I love being outside...
Are you a crafter full time or part time?
I did crafts part time for years but when my full time job gave out (company closed) my husband suggested I try this. I have been a full-time crafter for several years now but have slowed down somewhat in the last couple of years. I want to get back in full swing.
Who encourages you to create? Family and friends
Do you have any advice for other shop owners?
Remember that what you like is not always what everyone else wants.
Tell me any other interesting things about yourself you'd like for me to include in your article: My craft work probably started when I was under ten years old. I was taught to embroider by my mother and grandmother and also how to make all kinds of things. My real interest in painting and crafts was after I got out of school and took some classes at the local community college. Most of my training has been self-taught from books and just practice. I am married but no children. I am also involved in raising Santa Gertrudis cattle with my brothers and selling natural beef.