Multi Award Winning... Artist/Designer Arts Educator Illustrator/Author Arts & Crafts Photographer Public Speaker Licensing Artist
Creating an Arts Business has been my passion. For years I considered, and "the Government "considered my Art and Craft a hobby. When I took the leap to create a business with my talents in art a whole world of opportunities opened up and also my mind set changed.
Taking the leap of faith from "Right Brain" thinking: working from the creative side of the brain, and joining it with the "Left Brain" side of thinking, I realized: I can make everyday a creative, productive money making day.
Creating and developing an Arts Business is not a direction to take for everyone. It takes focus, hard work, and determination, directed in leading you to the big picture, and your goal. Creating any business in art or otherwise becomes a passion, a way of life.
Being an artist, producing art for yourself is great, it is wonderful and being expressive. Your family and friends love receiving your handmade items.
Being in the mindset that your art is your message and vehicle for communicating to others is a whole different story. Your message is key, and the switch from the right brained artist to the left brained businessperson. At least it was for me. Having the vision of the "Big Picture" gave me a tangible goal. What I was heading towards became real and obtainable, each time I headed in that specific direction.
That switch in thinking helps to find your purpose in life as an artist and an individual human being contributing to the whole of society.
Think about it...Business’s are either providing a service or a product in their specific industries - in the Artist’s case it can be both the service and the product. How lucky are we as Creatives to have two options instead of one. Our lives become richer and more rounded. Plus enjoyable and entertaining - for us and those individuals who cross our paths.
Knowing what you wish to convey as an Arts Business Person is key. Focusing on the end result and the change or impact you wish to make on society and your community is knowing what art to produce and how to get your message across.
If you wish to learn more consider enrolling in one of my Arts Business Classes: "Make ART YOUR Business" offered in Reno, Lake Tahoe, Nevada and offered privately with groups of 1-5 and thru various arts organizations. Please contact us if you are interested in Speaking Engagements in your area.
Resume and Bibilography
Honors and Awards / Grants / Authored Illustrated Books 2018 Latimer Art Club Sparks, NV Hakiu Show Sparks Heritage & Cultural Museum 2018 AFCI Assoc. for Creative Industries Yearly Conference Phoenix, AZ Selected to participate in the INNOVATION CENTER of CREATIVATION & 'The Ultimate Pitch" Inventor of the OIL PASTEL SMUDGE technique. 2018 City of Reno, NV Reno, NV Art Show Scheduled Juried May-June 2018 McKinley Center for the Arts 2017 City of Reno, NV Reno, NV Reno Art Fest Oil Pastel Smudge Juried 2017 Nevada State Arts Council Carson City, NV Jackpot Grant Oil Pastel Smudge video production 2017 Latimer Art Club Reno, NV Vice President Guest Speakers 2017 Assoc. For Creative IndustriesTrends Report Contributor 2017 Assoc. For Creative IndustriesYearly Conference Phoenix, AZ (Formally CHA) Oil Pastel Smudge - Designer Demo 2016 Craft & Hobby Association Yearly Conference Anaheim, CA Oil Pastel Smudge - Mixing Up the Mediums Workshop 2015 The Terry Lee Wells Discovery Museum Reno, NV ARTOWN Presentation: Oil Pastel Smudge workshop "The Nevada Landscape" 2015 The Terry Lee Wells Discovery Museum Reno, NV Oil Pastel Smudge "The Sun, Moon & the Stars" 2015 Nevada State Arts Council Carson City, NV Accepted to the State Artist Roster of Art Instructors 2015 The LATIMER ART CLUB Reno, NV ARTOWN Presentation: Visit the World Show 2015 Craft & Hobby Association Yearly Conference Anaheim, CA Oil Pastel Smudge - new Art Technique Workshop 2015 I Can do Anything Charter School (ICDA) Reno, NV Artist Residency 2015 LAKE TAHOE COMMUNITY COLLEGE "CONNECT" So. Lake Tahoe, CA Make Art Your Business Workshop 2015 Truckee Meadows Community College "Community Education Reno, NV Art Technique Tuesdays classes offered 2014 Nevada State Arts Council / National Endowment for the Arts Grant - Professional Development Rural Social Media Carson City, NV 2014 Nevada State Arts Council / National Endowment for the Arts Jackpot Grant Oil Pastel Smudge Curriculum Development Carson City, NV 2014 Craft & Hobby Association Yearly Conference Anaheim, CA Oil Pastel Smudge - new Art Technique Workshop 2015 Truckee Meadows Community College "Community Education" Reno, NV DRAWING: Circles, Patterns & Lines classes offered 2013 Craft & Hobby Association “Innovations Showcase” Anaheim, CA Oil Pastel Smudge - new Art Technique 2012 Craft & Hobby Association “Cre8time” Chicago, Ill. Paper Dress 2012 Burning Man - Black Rock City, Center Camp Sculpture Alcove #12 2012 Artown: Reno is Artown NV Presenter Spanish Springs Library “Oil Pastel Smudge” 2012 Tahoe Art League CA Guest Speaker / Demonstration “Oil Pastel Smudge” 2012 Dover Publishing Mineola NY "Heart to Heart" Stain Glass Coloring Book 2012 Dover Publishing Mineola NY "Hearts" 3-D Coloring Book 2011 Burning Man - Black Rock City, Center Camp Sculpture Alcove #12 2011 Dover Publishing Mineola NY Designer/Illustrator Words on Love Stain Glass Coloring Book 2010 Burning Man - Black Rock City, Center Camp Sculpture Alcove #12 2009 Dover Publishing Mineola NY Designer/Illustrator Hearts & Roses Stain Glass Coloring Book 2009 Burning Man - Black Rock City, Center Camp Cafe Fence Artist 2008 National Art Materials Trade Assoc. NAMTA Reno, NV Designer/Demonstrator for Pentel Arts of America 2008 Reno Philharmonic Reno, NV Painting on Stage Pioneer Theatre - Young Peoples Concert 2008 Burning Man - Black Rock City, Center Camp Cafe Fence Artist 2007 Reno Philharmonic Reno, NV Painting on Stage Pioneer Theatre - Young Peoples Concert 2006 City of Reno Reno, NV Public Art Project, “Sun . Wind . Water . Life" Sidewalk Enhancement 2006 City of South Lake Tahoe, California USA Public Art, City Promotion CeleBEARtion - “BEARing Gifts” 2004 South Lake Tahoe, Recreation Dept. South Lake Tahoe, CA Public Art Project - Ice Arena - Recognition Wall 2003 Jack C. Davis Observatory Carson City, NV Public Art Project - Western Nevada College (WNC) "Wall of Honor" 2003 Nevada State Arts Council Carson City, NV Community Grant Recipient Douglas County Juvenile Probation Dept. Holding Cell Mural 2002 U.S. Forestry Dept. - Interpretive Trail Carson City, NV Commissioned Illustrator / Photographer 2002 Sierra Arts Professional Artists' Grant Recipient - Reno, NV "Gigantic Paper Sculptures" 2001 Nevada State Arts Council President/Mrs. George W. Bush Washington, DC 3-D Ornament for The White House - Nevada Governor's Mansion 2001 Carson City Community Awards Carson City, NV "Artist of the Year 2001" 2000 Nevada State Legislature Carson City, NV Calligraphy - State Assembly & Senate Member names of the 71st Session of Congress 1999 Carson City Millennium Silver Coin Carson City, NV "Contest Winner" 1999 R. J.Reynolds Center for Technology Carson City, NV Public Art - Western Nevada College (WNC) "Wall of Honor" 1998 Nevada State Arts Council Jackpot Grant Brewery Arts Opening "Paper Sculptures" 1998 Nevada State Legislature Carson City, NV Commissioned Illustrator - Building Exterior 1998 Nevada State Legislature Carson City, NV Illustrator: Image representing Feeling of the Legislative Chambers 1998 Sierra Arts - Riverside Hotel Restoration Project Reno, NV “Ballerina Images" 1997 Western Nevada College (WNC) Douglas County, NV Public Art "Wall of Honor" Contest Winner 1997 King Street Gallery (NAA) Carson City, NV 2nd Place "Desert Storm" ColorPlay Series Acrylic/Mixed Media 1997 King Street Gallery (NAA) Carson City, NV USA 2nd Place "In Bloom" ColorPlay Series Acrylic/Mixed Media 1985 So. Lake Tahoe Recreation Dept. Brochure So. Lake Tahoe, CA Award Winning Brochure Design - Regional Division Design Contest 1983 Lake Tahoe Community College So. Lake Tahoe, CA Instructor: Calligraphy
2017 Yosemite National Park CA Great Gray Owl in Clay Yosemite Art Center 2017 FaveCrafts.com Jeweled Mandala's Coloring eBook 2017 South Valley Library Fair JeReno, NV Oil Pastel Smudge & Calligraphy-the Letterary Arts 2017 InteractiveArtistsMagazine.com Make Art Your Business Inspiring Articles with Illustrations 2016 FaveCrafts.com Spring/Fall Coloring eBook 2015 ARTOWN 2015 Oil Pastel Smudge Workshop Terry Lee Wells Nevada Children's Discovery Museum Reno, NV 2015 Craft and Hobby Assoc. MEGA Show & Conference Oil Pastel Smudge Workshop Anaheim, CA 2014 ARTOWN2014 Oil Pastel Smudge Student & Instructor Show So. Valleys Library Reno, NV 2014 Craft and Hobby Assoc. MEGA Show & Conference Oil Pastel Smudge Workshop Anaheim, CA 2014 Latimer Art Club Reno, NV Speaker: "Make Art Your Business" 2013 "Heart to Heart" Stained Glass Coloring Book New Release: Craft and Hobby Organization Newsletter 2012 Run Salmon Run Tahoe Tallac Assoc. Fundraiser So. Lake Tahoe, CA Tahoe Daily Tribune Sponsor 2012 Sacred Spaces Village Black Rock City, NV Speaker: "Living your Bliss, Finding your Joy, Being Creative!" 2012 Scenic Nevada Organization Quick Draw Art Auction 2012 ARTOWN Oil Pastel Smudge Exhibit Reno is Artown Festival Spanish Springs Library Sparks, NV 2012 Oil Pastel Smudge Exhibit Tahoe Tallac Assoc. So. Lake Tahoe, CA 2012 InteractiveArtistsMagazine.com Written Instructions Oil Pastel Smudge - Mountain Landscape 2012 InteractiveArtistsMagazine.com Article “3 Types of Pastels” 2012 Nevada Museum of Art School Instructor: Oil Pastel Smudge Round Table Discussion Group: Art is Your Business 2012 Tahoe Art League Guest Speaker Oil Pastel Smudge So. Lake Tahoe, CA 2012 Scenic Nevada Organization Quick Draw Art Auction 2011 Dover Publishing Mineola NY Designer/Illustrator Words on Love Stain Glass Coloring Book 2011 Nevada Museum of Art Reno, NVSchool Instructor: Oil Pastel Smudge 2011 Craft & Hobby Association: Designer Showcase 2011 Scenic Nevada Organization Quick Draw Art Auction 2010 Craft & Hobby Association Exhibitor: Licensing & Design 2010 Create & DecorateMagazine All American Crafts, INC. Written How To Instructions: Hanging Patio Art 2010 Scenic Nevada Organization Quick Draw Art Auction 2009 Dover Publishing Mineola NY Designer/Illustrator Hearts & Roses Stain Glass Coloring Book 2009 Reno Gazette-Journal Arts & Culture: Hearts & Roses Stain Glass Coloring Book for Adults 2008 Sierra Arts Reno, NV "Nevada Wide Open" Juried Nevada Wide Open Skys 2008 Create & Decorate Magazine All American Crafts, INC. Step by Step How to Article: Dough Hearts 2008 Craft & Hobby Association Designer Showcase Participant 2007 Nevada Magazine "Jewelry of the Silver State" 2007 Artown Event: Garden Sculpture Show River School Reno, NV 2007 KUNR Reno, NV Artist Interview Radio Series 2006 City of Reno, NV Design Winner Art District Sidewalk Project 2006 Sierra Arts Magazine "Encore" Artown Edition Urn Show Clay Nichols Reno, NV 2006 City of South Lake Tahoe, California USA CeleBEARtion Artist “BEARing Gifts” Tahoe Tribune Sponsor 2006 Sierra ArtsMagazine "Encore" Bartley Ranch Reno, NV "The Paint & the Pen" 2005 Reno Gazette-Journal Sparks, NV City of Sparks Cultural Arts Specialist 2005 Nevada Museum of Art Reno, NV Artown-Artouring Exhibit 2005 Reno News & Review Letter to the Editor "Support the Arts" 2004 Nevada State Archives & Library Carson City, NV Gigantic Paper Sculptures 2004 Tahoe Tallac Association So. Lake Tahoe, CA Children's Art Workshops 2004 Artown Event Moana Nursery Reno, NV Featured Artist ColorPlay Paintings, Gigantic Paper Sculpture, Oil Pastel Smudge 2004 Tahoe Art League South Lake Tahoe, CA Featured Speaker: ColorPlay Paintings 2004 Nevada Artists Assoc. Carson City, NV Member Artist Show 2004 Sierra Arts Reno, NV "Fall Arts Festival" Juried Show Participant 2004 ARTBEAT Brewery Arts Newsletter Carson City, NV Paper Sculpture/Painting Show 2003 Record Courier Minden, NV Featured Article "Sketching the Fine Line Between Art & Business" 2003 Nevada Appeal Jack C. Davis Observatory Public Art Project Western Nevada College Carson City 2003 The Zephyr Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Featured Artist / Illustrator / Writer 2002 Tahoe Daily Tribune So. Lake Tahoe "Valley Artist Publishing E-Book" 2002 News Carson City"ArtWorks" Carson City, NV Television Interviews with Area Artists 2002 Nevada Arts Council Annual Report White House Ornament Artist Carol Foldvary-Anderson Art Services 2001 Reno Gazette-Journal Carson Douglas "City Artist Authors, Illustrates" 2001 Reno Gazette-Journal Carson Douglas "Artist's Ornament adorns White House Tree" 2001 Nevada Appeal Community Awards "Artist of the Year" Carson City, NV 2000 Carson City Mint Silver Millennium Coin Designer - Limited Edition 2000 Reno Gazette-Journal Carson Douglas People "Art is her Business, Passion"
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