In this week’s blog post, we had the opportunity to interview the Artist, Sallye Keith. Here’s how it went:
What is your name and your business name?
Sallye Keith, Artist
What is your background and how long have you been involved with this industry?
(This question was answered by her Artist Statement)
I was born in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Some my earliest memories are of childish attempts with crayons to reproduce the beauty that surrounded me.
I am, basically, a self-taught artist because in school, I fell in love with math and science, which led to a degree in Applied Science. But art remained important to me.
As the years passed, I spent more and more time exploring different forms of art mediums. I read extensively on art and color theory. During these growing years, I had political cartoons published in the Durham Morning Herald and would occasionally accept commissions for Pen and Wash watercolors for small businesses.
After retiring, I began to take art more seriously and began studying watercolor under Dan Meyer, an award-winning watercolorist. I have displayed artwork at shows sponsored by the Williamsville Art Society; the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society; Lockport Art Center; Clarence Public Library and other venues. In 2016 I became a signature member of NFWS. I have won several wards and sell paintings regularly, also I teach a art class at St. Joseph’s Convent in Clarence.
I spend time to think about design, color and subject matter and consider how the use of contrast of light and dark can enhance the story the painting. I try to stay flexible and am willing to explore the new ideas and methods. The excitement of a new painting is finding what unexpected surprise awaits. That hope helps keep my art fresh and interesting.
Where are you located?
Clarence, New York
What exactly are you trying to accomplish?
To create art that reflects the beauty of this earth.
How did you organize your team?
One person business
What were some of your concerns as a start up?
What is your favorite aspect of being an entrepreneur?
Being able to set goals and the freedom to pursue them.
As a startup entrepreneur what type of lessons could you give to inventors and people with new ideas as to how to bring their ideas to fruition?
Don’t give up. If it’s a good idea, it will be worth the work.
What are the top 3 skills you believe are needed to be a successful entrepreneur?
Dedicated; Self- motivated; Willling to work long hours and to try new things
Are you familiar with any of the laws regarding patent, trademark law or licensing and how they affect your business?
What is your favorite quote?
You don’t know what you don’t know (and I like adding so go out and learn something new)
What was the best advice/wisdom you were ever given?
Don’t give up.
How has being an entrepreneur affected your family life?
Sometimes, the art commitments conflict with family plans but we usually find a way to work around problems and have learn to compromise.
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