Today we’d like to introduce you to Britt Vasina.
Britt, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I refound my creative side in late 2016. Looking for a way to relieve stress and productively spend free time I began teaching myself to paint with watercolors. Aside from taking two art classes more than 10 years ago in high school, I am completely self-taught. In November of 2016, I went out on a limb and started an Instagram account strictly for my work, not expecting anything to happen or anyone to follow. I simply wanted an easy visual catalog to see the changes in my techniques, colors and subject matter. To my surprise, people started gaining interest in this newfound hobby of mine ended up as a small business. I love making physical work and it gives me a creative outlet that I cannot get from my career as a Software Engineer.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I would not say that it has been smooth. I have learned so much in the past year and a half and have absolutely pushed myself to my limits, almost always feeling like I am working two full-time jobs. I really enjoy it though. The painting part comes naturally, the hardest part to me is marketing, and other time-consuming necessities like website design, product packaging and shipping. I do feel like things are starting to become smoother the more that I learn about this crazy small business life, but I sure have a whole new respect for small business owners. It’s very hard work.
Please tell us about Britt Vasina.
I specialize in Fine Art Paintings, specifically Contemporary Abstract designs. I think what sets me apart is that being self-taught allows me to take more risks and experiment and find techniques I may not otherwise have found. I have been told that I have a recognizable brush stroke and it is clear that my paintings are very thoughtfully layered and either linear or cyclical. I really focus on balancing the piece and am obsessed with symmetry, so those themes can always be seen in my work and it really happens naturally without me even realizing what it is that I’m doing.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Honestly, I don’t think I would have or could be done anything differently. I have worked so incredibly hard for each and every opportunity I have been given. I’ve been told “NO” more times than I thought one person could handle, but I’ve been persistent and I have learned so much with each “NO” that I’ve gotten.
- Website: www.brittvasina.com
- Phone: 678.905.3199
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/brittvasina
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/brittvasinaart
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