Thursday, August 3, 2017

Small Business Spotlight with Whitney Cox’s Artwork

Owner(s) Name: Whitney Cox
Business Name: Whitney Cox’s Artwork

Serving Area(s): I am from Oklahoma. I would love to ship worldwide and I am open to commissions!
Explore the Artist: Here!

Describe of your business in 3 sentences or less?
I create things, dark, dead, pretty, not so pretty. I also adore portraits and figure drawing.

What products or services do you offer?
I make string dolls, handmade jewelry, paintings all mediums-oils-acrylics-watercolor(my favorite). Pastels, charcoal, graphite and even crayon. I pretty much do it all. I feel like sticking to one thing limits you as an artist.

Why are you in this type of business?
Art is my passion. I love what I do, I would be lost if I couldn’t create.

How did you get started in this business?
I have always loved to draw. When I was a child I would stay up till the wee hours drawing anime characters from my brother’s video games. In school I would participate in art shows getting recognition and motivation to do what I love. I’m always doodling.

How long have you been in business?
I have been drawing since I can remember. I’ve been a “professional” artist since 2010.

How did you get the background and skills necessary to run this type of business?
I have been drawing my whole life. I went to college took all the art classes provided then branched out on my own. Being an artist isn’t a “gift” or a “talent” It is many years of passion, hard work, learning, failing And never stopping to get to where you are.

Who inspires your entrepreneurship?
I have many inspirations. I have a lot of favorite artist. Everything is inspiring from nature, everyday life to emotions.

How do you market your business?
The easiest way to know what I am up to is Facebook. Or through email. I will be the first to admit social media is hard to keep up with. I have a twitter too. Other than that I do a lot of local art festivals.

Where do you see your business in the next year? In the next five years?

I’ve always wanted to have my own gallery /studio. I would love to have solo shows or themed shows where I run and not have to worry about percentages. I would have group shows too so my other art buddies can show. I would also like to make more so I can support myself along with my significant other and raise our little fur/gill babies (we have a bunny and a fish). I want money not to be an issue. (Doesn’t everyone?)

Do you have any mentors? Do you mentor?
I do not have a mentor. I have taught some water color classes in the past. They are always a blast. I love seeing what every one’s finish piece looks like. The subject is the same but everyone’s piece is different.

Why do your customers select you over your competitors?
I have very unique very affordable art. I rarely make prints of my work so what they buy is truly something special. I am very passionate about what I do, and when a customer wants to buy a piece and just loves it as much as I did making it. It becomes, like, an added bonus to me and makes what I do that much more enjoyable. When I am working on a commission, I want to make my customers happy. If they have any issues with something I am determined to fix it into something they will absolutely love. I strive to make a piece both my customer and I will be happy with.

What are the biggest issues running this business?
There can be all kinds of issues. For instance if there is an outside show you have to prepare for the weather. Then there is the saying you have to spend money to make money. You have to be willing to go out there and take a leap of faith. Also we can’t forget about time. There is never enough time.

How do you achieve balance in your life?
I would say I achieve balance in just taking a break. You have to step away from your work before it becomes too frustrating. It’s nice to relax with my significant other or play with our bunny. You know, watch movies, play video games, listen to music, go outside and enjoy nature. I will admit it can be hard to take a break when all you know is art, work, work, work…but I manage.

What advice would you give Artsiest wanting to launch a business?

First thing is question if this is what you are TRULY passionate about. You HAVE to have patience. This is not an easy job. You will have difficult times, where you doubt yourself and questions like why you are not “making it” (there will be other artist that are selling their art that “isn’t better than yours” that make you question yourself, your art, your skill) I have figured out, everything like in high school, when it comes down to it..Unfortunately is like a popularity contest. That is utterly disgusting and, I know, it makes you have no faith in humanity. Don’t get me wrong. You will come across beautiful souls that will do everything to encourage you and like-mind artist. You will find people who cherish your art, meet friends, have amazing shows make the money you need to pay your bills if you just stick with it. Overcome the downfalls with realizing you are doing what you love to do. Have the patience to wait out the obstacles. You are doing what makes you happy. There are so many people out there that are stuck hating their job and envy you because you are HAPPY. To me, that’s what it is all about. Love what you do and find happiness.

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