The world is such an amazing and gorgeous place don't you think?! Unfortunately I sometimes find myself taking it for granted because I get caught up in the chaos of life and it becomes too easy to miss the beauty that is staring me in the face. It is good to slow down every once in a while and take in what is right in front of us. Personally, I feel that anything artistic is a great start to admiring creative brilliance and enjoying life's gifts.
Today in my series of small shop features I am showcasing the wonderful Rachelle of Nose Prints Art. I meet this amazing woman awhile back at a market where we were both vendors. Funny thing, we kept popping up at the same markets and ended up connecting. The image of her painting at the first show is one I will not forget. Both my daughter and I were in complete awe at Rachelle's raw talent. She truly has a gift!
1. What motivated you to start your shop?
I couldn't think of a better way to combine my love for animals with my love for art. It really is the best job in the world for me!
2. Where does your inspiration come from?
I have a sweet, derpy greyhound named Walker, who I love an unreasonable amount. He inspires me to play hard, sleep well, and chase my dreams (well, in his case it's bunnies).
3. Is there a special meaning behind your shop name?
The name was inspired by Walker, who prefers to make art with his nose rather than a paintbrush. He also loves the smell of paint, so I have to keep him from "collaborating" with me when I'm painting (though maybe this is a good business idea? Hmmm . . . )
4. What is your mission with Nose Prints Art?
My mission is to make art that brings joy! My artwork celebrates the unique and powerful connection between animals and their owners, which means capturing pets' emotions along with their personalities.
5. Are there any special events you will be attending with your shop?
I do lots of events in and around Denver, as well as further out in Colorado. This summer I'll be doing:
- Louisville Farmer's Market - August 4
- Lafayette Art Night Out - August 10
- Loveland Art Market - August 11–12
- Four Corners Folk Festival in Pagosa Springs - August 31 – September 2
6. What do you like to do for fun?
I like to swing dance, hike, cook, read, and play nerdy board games.
7. Who is someone you consider to be a hero in your life?
My parents. I think I owe a lot of my confidence in myself to them. Growing up, they told me all the time that I was beautiful inside and out, and that I should choose a career that I was passionate about. Of course when I was young, I used to roll my eyes because I was a moody ungrateful teenager. But now I see the effect those words have had on me, and I am so thankful for them. Thanks Mom and Dad!
8. What is a big lesson you have learned on this journey?
Predictability is overrated. Five years ago I thought I was going to be a university professor (I recently got my PhD in linguistics). This version of my life is so much better than any I could have planned for. Like I said — best job in the world. I feel incredibly lucky.