When did your career in the arts start?
In 2004, my husband quit his job and bet on the fact that we could support ourselves by selling my art. Through years of being online, I developed a presence and online following. People told me they liked my art and wanted to buy it. So we bought equipment to enable us to print my art on ceramic tile, glass and tumbled stone. We opened "Color Bakery" a custom tile and art gift company, and doubled down that we'd beat the odds and make it. It was like jumping off a cliff without a parachute but the Gods were kind. We succeeded. We didn't become millionaires but we were able to pay our bills. And then, in 2010, my life (and art) veered in another direction. A man whose name I knew (he owns a Vermont art licensing company not far from where I live) called me on the phone one Saturday morning. He liked my art and wanted to represent me. That's when my art career really began, when manufacturers and large companies thought enough of my art to print it on their products. I knew the minute this man called that nothing would be the same. It turned out I was right about that.