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Monday, June 15, 2015


Monday, February 9, 2015

Birthday Freebies!!

As a thank you for wishing me Happy Birthday, I am having a Giveaway in my FB group. Please sign up over at my Facebook page, chloe + isabel VIP Lounge -  to keep up to date with my fundraisers, sales, promotions & giveaways!!!! 

Sharing the Love...I put together a list of stores and restaurants that are more than happy to provide you with free stuff for your birthday!!! It’s always nice to receive special treatment on your birthday, especially when it’s free!!
American Eagle Outfitters: Sign up for AERewards and enjoy 15 percent off during your birthday month.
 Aveda: Register at Aveda.com Get a free customized gift on your birthday valued at up to $25 when you join the Aveda Birthday Program.

Barnes & Noble: Sign your child up for the Kids’ Club and they’ll receive a free cupcake from the cafe on their birthday.

Anthropologie: Sign up to be an ANTHRO member and get a birthday discount — rumoured to be 15-percent off — to use during your birthday month.

Old Navy: Sign up for Old Navy’s email newsletters and get a free surprise on your birthday.

Sephora: Join the Beauty Insiders and receive a complimentary gift during your birthday month.

Victoria’s Secret: Sign up for their mailing list and receive a coupon for $10 off a purchase of $10 or more on your birthday.

Applebee’s: Sign up for their email updates and get a free treat on your birthday.

Baskin Robbins: Sign up for the BR Birthday Club and, five days before your birthday, the ice-cream joint will send a free-scoop coupon and a discount on your birthday cake.

 Ben & Jerry’s: Become a “Chunk Spelunker” and enjoy a free scoop of ice cream.

Black Angus Steakhouse: Become a Prime Club member and receive a complimentary dessert. The first birthday after you register the steakhouse chain will spring for a free dinner.

Chevy’s Fresh Mex: Compadres Club members receive a special, free birthday gift from Chevy’s upon registering. (Compadres Club? Who thinks up these names?)

 Cold Stone Creamery: Join their club and get a coupon for free ice cream on your birthday.

Cost Plus World Market: Sign up for the free World Market Explorer program and get a “birthday surprise,” rumoured to be a coupon for $10 off purchases of $10 or more in-store or online during your birthday month.

 Dairy Queen: Sign up for the Blizzard Fan Club and receive an email coupon and special surprise on your birthday. You’ll also receive an anytime, buy-one-get-one-free coupon for two Blizzards.

 Denny’s: Join their rewards club and enjoy a free Grand Slam on your birthday.

Einstein Bros Bagels: Join the Loyalty Club and you’ll get a coupon good towards a free bagel and shmear when you buy any drink. Come your birthday, you’ll receive a free breakfast sandwich when you buy any drink.

Famous Footwear: Receive a free birthday surprise from Famous Footwear when you join their free loyalty program. In order to qualify, you must attain GOLD status by spending $200 annually.

Footlocker: Join the VIP Rewards club and receive a birthday discount, plus $10 off your purchase of $50 or more upon enrolling. Other benefits include exclusive coupons and alerts about upcoming promotions.

Godiva Chocolatier: The gifts last all year when you join the Godiva Chocolate Rewards Club. (mmmmm…chocolate) Membership entitles you to one free piece of chocolate each month; a free gift each month you spend $10 or more; and free standard shipping for online orders.

Goodwill: Join Club Goodwill and enjoy a plethora of special offers, including a coupon for 25-percent off during your birthday month.

Hot Topic: Not the hottest offer on the list, but setup an account on Hottopic.com and get a coupon for $5 off online orders of $30 or more.

 IHOP: Join their Pancake Revolution and receive a free meal for signing up and on your birthday.

Jack In The Box: Show a legal ID on your birthday and Jack In The Box will automatically fork over your choice of a chocolate overload cake or a New York cheesecake.

Joe’s Crab Shack: The Shack promises to put crab in your inbox when you register to receive their email. The deal includes a free appetizer when you sign up and another order on your birthday.

 Johnny Rockets: Join eClub and receive a free hamburger on your birthday.

Juice It Up: Join the Smooth eClub for a free smoothie on your birthday.

Krispy Kreme: The divine donut makers promise something free on your birthday

Marie Callendar’s Restaurant & Bakery: Join Marie’s E-Club to get special birthday stuff for free.

The Melting Pot: Become a Club Fondue member and receive a free fondue-for-two coupon. Other benefits include stuff like special invites to wine tastings and food samplings.

New York & Company: Store credit-card holders receive a coupon for up to 25 percent off purchases (in store and online), valid during their birth month.

Olive Garden: Sign up for the Olive Garden newsletter and they’ll send you some free birthday stuff; We’re just not sure what.

Orange Julius: Sign up for the OJ Quench Club and you’ll receive an email coupon on your birthday, a special offer for joining, and a free Julius Fruit Drink or Premium Fruit Smoothie.

Outback Steakhouse: Join their rewards program and receive a free dessert on your birthday.

Papa Murphy’s: Join the Take-and-Bake Revolution to receive 50% off your second pizza. Then on your birthday you’ll receive a coupon good for a free cookie dough treat with the purchase of any pizza.

Panera: Sign up for MyPanera Rewards and receive a coupon for a free sweet treat.

P.F. Chang‘s: Sign up for their email updates and get a free dessert on your birthday.

Red Lobster: Join their rewards club and get a free gift on your birthday.

Red Robin: Join their eClub and get a free burger on your birthday.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill: Sign up for the email newsletter and receive a coupon around your birthday.

Ruby Tuesday: Get a free burger on your special day when you join So Connected.

Shari’s: Join the Shari’s E-Mail Club and receive one free piece of pie.

Smashbox: Get a free birthday gift set during the month of your birthday when you join the Pretty Points Rewards Program.

 Sonic: Sign up for Sonic Cruisers and you’ll receive a free birthday surprise along with all sorts of nameless perks.
 Starbucks: Join their rewards club for a free drink on your birthday.

TCBY: Your registration gift is a free waffle cone, followed by a birthday deal of a free small cup of frozen yogurt and $3 off a cake or pie.

T.G.I. Friday’s: For your birthday you’ll receive a coupon good towards one free dessert when purchasing an entree.

Tony Roma’s: Become a Roma’s Ribs expert and you’ll receive a registration freebie of one onion loaf, followed by a birthday gift of an entree priced up to $15.99.

Vera Bradley: Receive a generous coupon for $20 off any purchase of $20 or more when you sign up for their email club.

 Waffle House: Registration gets you a free waffle immediately, followed by a second one on your birthday.

Wendy’s: Email registration gets you a coupon good for $1 off any premium sandwich, followed by a birthday offer of $1 off any premium combo.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Featured!!! Bike Wanderer Lohan Gueorguiev

Hello my sweet friends, can I ask you a HUGE favor!? I want to help promote this amazing and wonderfully inspiring person Iohan Gueorguiev!! You can't help but just love this guy after watching his videos and his adventures heart emotico
Could you kindly take a few moments to watch and PLEASE PLEASE share his story & videos. He could win some new gear for his bicycle tour around the world!! 
You can visit his website to watch all the videos, his fundraising for VIVA, his journal and his donation page. Website here Bike Wanderer

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Society6 Featured Artists ~ Curator

Art by Ali GULEC

Art by Alex Garant

Art by Megan Lara

Art by LouiJoverArt

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Creative Souls Featured Artist Richie Montgomery - Electrickoolaidart

With a grateful heart, a loving soul, and an open mind, I present to you ElectricKoolAid Art... Please check out the short videos!!

My philosophical surrealistic drawings are known for their unique twist on life and our perspective of it. The "hidden in plain sight" details of my work are ruminants of the great masters like M.C. Escher and Salvador Dali. My work takes an extraordinary amount of time to complete, sometimes up to 3 months or more as the very fine details take quite a while and are sure to keep you asking questions forever. The more you look into the art the more you will see, the details are quite mind blowing and zooming in close is highly recommended. Along with many other things, there is a duck and a penny hidden in almost all of my works. I include them for the love of my girlfriend because on our first date we fed the ducks and to this day when me or her find a penny on the ground we give them to each other as an 'I Love You" penny. I enjoy drawing my hyper-detailed art very much and hope that you will as well.
I have been drawing my entire life and have had no formal training other than just my own desire to create from the time I could hold a crayon or pencil. I enjoy many different types of art yet surrealism holds my passion the most.
I get my inspiration from my many travels throughout the country while living life as homeless alcoholic train-hopping and hitchhiking to get around, my strange view of the world and the strange quirky nature that I have on life. I gained sobriety and with that change in my life, I gained a whole new perspective. While begging for money in Harvard Square, I met a woman who finally gave me a reason to actually live, instead of spending my life chasing the next beer, God sent her to me and now I am living my dream. I have settled down and finally had and took a chance to actually do something with my life besides drink, I decided to pursue my art. I spend an enormous amount of time drawing each and every fantastic detail and enjoy every line and dot that fills the paper.

Please support and visit Richie's sites here...  





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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Creative Souls Featured Artist Cerrie Anne

Life is discovery! I spent my life chasing money and a career in sales, I spent 6 years in Vancouver and 1 year in Ontario, then after a failed relationship I moved back home  and for the past 5 years I have been living in Winnipeg.
I spent the first year after moving back from Ontario asking myself why? “Why did my life suck?” “Why, can’t I meet a normal guy?”, “Why can’t I be happy?”, “I’m a good person, why does this always happen to me?”…. “why…WHY … WHY!!???”
The next 3 years I spent bettering myself as a whole, I started reading and I began to connect to truth and finding real purpose. One day along my journey about 2 years ago I decided to leave my job, give up my apt and spend the summer at the lake. I got a job and I disconnected from what I knew for so long. Something inside was changing and I felt a pull coming from within, I had to follow, it was my beginning. Weeks past and I felt my self-becoming free, I would walk daily and I really started to connect to a deeper place within. I was connecting with nature on an extreme level; I started to see the faces in the moss and beautiful designs on the organic Greenery around me. On one of my first kayaking outings, I found myself feeling safe and headed out further than normal; I ended up Kayaking along the water’s edge, looking ahead I saw this piece of wood, staring at it and thinking ”no way! That says Love”  The roots of a dead tree were sticking out of the water and read “Love” Later that day, I found myself a little ways from that spot. Jumping onto shore I started to look around and discovered some wood, I began to throw it closer to my kayak, what I didn’t know was as I was doing so my Angels were placing them for me safely on the ground, I saw this and went back and built my first Wing, It’s my Largest wing so Far and not for sale, I make make them in all sizes, I’ve made them as small as a magnet .
Fear was the demon I wore on my back most my life, when I replaced it with Faith in life and in myself, the questions I started to ask myself now changed, like I did. The Fear Knot Angel wing is special, it’s for you to stick along your daily path. When you see it let it calm you knowing that no matter what you’re doing, The Angels are there to protect you on your Journey.
Live in Love

THE ECBD Project - Her way of giving back 

They say to dream big... I Dream of a world full of unconditional Love. 
Earth Child by Design; is an Organic, Natural and Gmo free ingredient Company.
The Design of my company is to bring Natural, Organic and Gmo Free ingredient products to people who want them, as well as for the poor who aren’t given a choice to have them.
Poverty is a sad reality that exists and 1 in 10 people are living in poverty.

The thought came to me over 7 years ago, I was in a situation. Being in a new city at the time I had to ask for extended help from some of the local resources available, at this time I would have been considered less fortunate. Being set up with the basic necessities for survival by these fantastic organizations gave me a feeling of renewal and the thought that it's going to be okay.

One of the things that I received was a mixture of random hotel shampoos and at that very min I remembered the day before, I was walking past a well-known bath and beauty store and thought how wonderful it would have been to buy some bubble bath. I just wanted the reality of what I was in to go away.
While taking my bath in my hotel shampoos... I thought there has to be more that I could do.

Years past and it stayed with me as a thought, popping up every time I saw a struggling mother with her children or someone sitting alone looking lost or in need of help.
One day after suffering with a terrible rash all the way up my neck, I sought help from 3 Dr’s and with 3 prescriptions, and 2 months later I finally got sent to a Dermatologist. It was clear to him and he told me "Cerrie, you have Ezema."

With this life affecting info I became aware and went on a mission to give myself the best. I realized a lot of the products can be full of preservatives and full of genetically modified and synthetic ingredients which turned out to irritate my skin and remain toxic in my body.
I was just a little careless at times and didn't really care what I use on my skin.

I've spent time perfecting recipes for my sensitive skin. I haven't had an outbreak since using my products I haven't had the need to use anymore proscribed medicated creams. I can't help but believe that Natural and Organic Gmo free ingredients are the way to go. 

Ecbd project was formed from a situation which gave me the feelings I needed to form the thought, it was all triggered by a skin issue, that I'm now blessed for having.
 By supporting Earth child by design a portion of all proceeds goes in support of  The Ecbd Project ,creating hand crafted Natural, Organic and Gmo Free ingredient products for the poor. No matter the circumstances in one’s life there is always enough to go around.

CS Featured Artist - The Organic Artist Nick Neddo

Creative Souls featured ARtist... Wow! Just WOW!! Don't you LOVE it when you discover new artists!! (well, new to you:) and they just blow your mind!!! (smile emoticon) I am really impressed with this artist as I am sure you will too!! Intriquing, interesting, inspiring!!!

CS feature ARtist... The Organic Artist Nick Neddo ~"Nevertheless there is an alarming trend of neglect and even abuse of the creative spirit in young people. The repression of creativity and critical thinking seem to be one of the primary results (if not an objective) of the American public schooling model. Creativity is like a muscle that all people are born with; it is a survival tool. If it is not exercised it will not develop or get stronger. In essence, creative abilities can atrophy. The result is more and more adults who have lost touch with this innate ability. A society that lacks creativity is a cross-section of a culture that has lost a foundational element of humanity." Check out his book  http://www.organicartistbook.com/ and be sure to And check out his website and FB  https://www.facebook.com/nick.neddo.92

Pay It Forward Weekend

Just thought I would share this event with everyone. I know alot of us do random acts of kindness as much as possible, but how nice it would be for all of us to join the Facebook event page & invite all of our friends & see what happens this weekend with all the paying forward heart emoticon smile emoticon I LOVE stuff like this!!! 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Creative Souls Artist Interview with Sean Phillips

Artist Interview with Sean Phillips / Collage Artist
Sean Phillips is a collage artist and graphic designer who was born and raised in Corpus Christi, TX, but now resides in Bakersfield, CA. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in graphic design from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. While he often works in graphic design, his true passion and artistic drive lies in the art of collage. To Sean, collage is playful and dramatic, even surreal and absurd. His focus is on creating works that are, often times, controversial but hold a sense of dark beauty with a vintage sense of design. Working with torn paper, scissors, and glue, he works to create art that speaks out to viewer, stirring emotions and thoughts to ideas that seem to take their place on the backburner of society.


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                                     Artist Playing Cards, Set #1. December, 2013

Are you self-taught?

I would really like to say that I am entirely self-taught. However, I have had an extensive
background in different art techniques. For as long as I can remember, I have been drawing or
painting something. Most often drawing. I would sit in my classes at school, daydreaming, and
drawing whatever came to mind. Most of the time, I would draw monsters or images of war.
When I was in middle school, I took art both years. I continued Art Education throughout high
school, completing up to an Art IV Honors class. That was the class that laid the foundation for
the art that I truly love to create; collage. We were told at the beginning of class that our 
assignments were totally up to us. We would have a "concentration" of media or style. That
"concentration" that you picked would all you would create throughout the class, turning in a
new piece of work every week. I picked collage. Later on, I attended The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, where I obtained my Bachelors in Graphic Design in 2012. The Art Institute gave me
a lot of insight into the actual design process, color themes, and typography. I practiced graphic design for a while, but eventually found my way back to collage techniques. To make a really long story short, collage was something I was never taught. Collage comes freely to the artist. No one is responsible for showing me the process. I've studied it myself. Developed it through trial and error. I have created my own niche in my style.

Are you in love? Does that love help you create?

Love is a very wonderful thing. Yes, I am very much in love. I met the love of my life, my best friend, close to six years ago. Before I found her, I only thought I had been in love. She has changed my whole world. This love of ours, our beautiful relationship definitely puts the fire into my creativity. Never have I had someone who offers so much support for my work. She loves it. She helps me at times. She guides me. She inspires me. She is truly my biggest fan and my hero at the same time. And that feels really good; it keeps my fire burning.

What was the last movie you went to see?

Most of the time, we watch movies at home on Netflix. But, the last movie I actually went to see was, "The Devil's Due". Horror and supernatural are my go-to in movies. I absolutely love them! In fact, horror and the supernatural hold a lot of influence for me in my work.

                                         "Satanas" (closeup detail) July, 2014

What personally motivated you to begin creating?

I had honestly just come to a point where I felt inadequate. I felt like there has to be something more for me to offer this world. I have never been at a point where I am looking for fame from my artwork. But, I just wanted to matter. I want to leave a mark. If anything, for my children. I want their kids and their kids to know me, and what I was about; who I was.

What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

I would really like to be able to say that I am only an artist. However, most of my jobs have been the likes of warehouse-type jobs; shipping and receiving. A lot of delivery jobs. In fact, at the time, I work for FedEx. Whatever pays the bills.

                                                         "Juliette" August, 2014

What do you dislike about the art world?

Oh, this is a great question. One of the main things that I can honestly say that I dislike about the art world right now is how competitive it is. We are in a time of technology (Photoshop, Illustrator, so many drawing apps, and photo manipulation apps, etc.). Where everyone has these amazing cell phones with all of these apps that do everything for you. Most of everyone truly believes that they are an artist or photographer, of sorts. And their work is everywhere. It clogs up blogs of all kinds. It is posted all over Facebook and such. And I'm not saying their work is bad, or just because it was created by technology, that it is bad. In fact, I love exploring all sorts of artwork and photography of all kinds. But there is so much. The art world is saturated. It's hard to stand out when you are drowning in a vast ocean of artwork of all kinds, displayed everywhere. The Cezanne's, Picasso's, Ansel Adams, and Van Gogh's of the world are there. Somewhere. I know it. But they are hard to find. They are lost. 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

The best piece of advice I have ever been given, came from a man named Peter Steele, the lead singer of Type O Negative. I had many chances to meet him, and he was the greatest guy. Just so down to earth. We had been discussing a type of music that I was wanting to create. (I was a very active musician many years ago) I was younger and so worried about pleasing everyone else. I thought what everyone else would think of my actions or beliefs so much, that I hid them most of the time. Peter told me, "Forget everyone else! If they love you, they love you. They will be there for you in the end. You do for you! Do what makes you happy and what will make you the man that you want to be. The man that you want to present to the world. That is where you will be the happiest." From that point forward, I have tried with everything I have  to follow that advice. RIP Peter Steele. Thank you!

  Professionally, what’s your goal?

I would eventually like for my artwork to help provide a living for my family. But, I am honestly happy to say that I just enjoy doing it. Pieces of me, who I am, goes into each and every single piece. I just my work to be out there for people to enjoy.

                                    "Deep Conversations" September, 2013

What art do you most identify with?

I really love collage. Collage is my favorite art. I love the absurdity of it. I love when you see a piece and it's so ridiculous, it's genius. The surreal environments created get me. The often haunting imagery in collage is what drives me. I am a huge fan of the Dada movement. Anything surreal, rebellious, or controversial. I love art that makes the viewer think. It needs to move them, whether negatively or in a positive manner. I identify with art that makes you speak out, or shout out, for that matter; art that develops and inspires change and new ideas.

What’s your strongest memory of your childhood?

I forget what age I was. Possibly somewhere between 4-6. My grandparents had come to visit. I loved them so much. When it was time for them to go back home, I asked my mom if I could go home with them. The answer was, "No." So I decided to leave the house and hide myself in the floor of the backseat of their car. I was going to run away, so to speak. The car started and began to move. I remember being so excited that it was working, and that I had not been caught yet. Meanwhile, my parents had began looking for me and
became so worried that they called the police. We made it to my grandparents house and I let them get out and get to the front door before letting myself out of the car. I didn't want to surprise them too quickly. I finally popped my head up and made my way out of the car. I went inside and they were so confused on how I got there. I told them I had been hiding in the backseat the whole time. My Mammaw immediately called my mom on the phone and said, "Are you missing someone?" They brought be back home. My mom was a wreck. The police were looking for me. I was in huge trouble. That is a story that my mom makes sure she tells anyone and everyone about me.

What themes do you pursue?

Most of the themes in my artwork are very dark and haunting imagery. I never sit down with a certain idea in mind though. I never know what will be created. I began to tear books, magazines, and paper apart. Ideas begin to flow, and my work comes to life. I like to use controversial images. These can include anatomy, gore, industrial and technical images, images of war, religious, anti-religious, and anti-government images. I also use quite a bit of the human form. Most of the work I create is a message to myself. Whether others can see it, I don't know. But most of them are my ideas and beliefs about society and where it's going. The wrongs that are done to people. The media. Everything that I feel is messed up in the world and needs a rebirth.

                                       "Andrea's Remorse" October, 2014

How many pieces of work do you produce in a year?

As of lately, it has been around 24-27 pieces a year. I would really like to increase this number drastically. I have been wanting to do one collage a day.

What would you consider your largest success to date in your art career?

Just staying consistent. Sticking with it. I consider myself successful if I can just consistently create more and more artwork. I just don't want to fall out of the loop. There are so many times I sit down to create something, and nothing comes. I get so frustrated. Often times, I just walk away. At times, it's been a couple of months of nothing. But, I come  around. Sometimes with something that even blows my mind. It makes me proud of myself, and I think that's important.

Which past and present artists do you admire?

Hannah Hoch and Raoul Hausmann are, hands down, my favorite artist. I mean, there is so much great work out there. But something about their work just really draws me in. I love the imagery. In fact, they were some of my biggest inspirations in what I wanted to do. I love the haphazard absurdity in their collage work. I love the darkness. I love the rebellion and everything it represents. Presently, one of my favorite artists is Maja Egli. To me, everything she does is golden. Her ability to manipulate portraits of people through torn strips of paper absolutely amazes me. Her color schemes and the images she uses...I have no words. Excellent work! Just genius! Please, look her up.

                                                "Mommy, Daddy!" September, 2013

What is your favorite piece that you have created so far?  (if so, do you have a photo?)

My favorite piece has to be a piece that I titled, "Mommy, Daddy!" What makes it my favorite piece, and not many know this, but it was created with the help of my daughter. She sat with me one night while I had begun working on it. She helped me pick out images that I wanted to use. She helped me with the ideas for
the content of it and helped me put it together. A lot of times, I don't think that she feels she did that much, but she did. I enjoyed our time together. I enjoyed that she wanted to help. I'm sure a lot of people don't feel that it is my strongest work. But, that is what makes it special, and makes it stand out to me.

Do you listen to music while creating? / Is music an influence on your work? if so what is your favorite

Absolutely! I always listen to music when I sit down to collage. The music always takes me to the place I need to go in my mind. I know it sounds weird, but there is this place inside of me where inspiration and creativity comes from. It is hard to explain. Possibly a deeper sense of my subconscious mind. If I sit in the quiet, nothing comes. So, yes. All of the time, I listen to music. My favorites are those that are extremely thought-provoking to me. I love poetic, dark music. I like complexity. A lot of my collages were made by listening to a group called HURT, especially their albums, Vol. I and Vol. II. I also constantly listen to and group called My Dying Bride. I love My Dying Bride. The lyrics, the music; it always gets me where I need to be to create. It inspires me and motivates me.

For you personally, do you feel the internet has had a positive or negative influence on your work?

I feel the internet has had a tremendous, positive impact and influence on my work. Because of the internet, I have had a chance to study and view many more styles. I have also been able to network with other artists, which I absolutely love doing. I've had a chance to work with and collaborate with a lot of other great collage artists. Because of the internet, especially social networking, my work has really got around. It always surprises me when I wake up some random morning and someone, somewhere is featuring my work on their blog or page. Or, I've seen my work as someone's cover photo on their Facebook page. It's odd and crazy at the same time. But, it feels good. It feels good to know that people are liking the artwork that I create. It motivates me. That is where I find I feel most successful at this point.

What good advice can you pass along, to emerging artists?

The best advice I can give, is the best advice I've received. Stay with it! Find your niche, and stick with it. Stay consistent with what you want to do. Forget about how you are going to please everyone and please
yourself. Someone will find you. In fact, many will find you and they will love what you are doing. Make friends and network your pieces with others as much as possible. Take every opportunity as much as possible with your work. If there is an opening in an exhibition, throw away the fears and take it. Even if you don't get picked, you tried. But eventually, someone will pick you, and it is one of the greatest feelings in the world. 

                                                   "Fallen Angel" June, 2012

What type of materials do you most love to create with?

I use a lot of various materials. I love classic and vintage magazines. I look for old McCall's magazines quite a bit. I use a lot of advertising, colored paper of various textures. Basically, anything I can get my hands on I use. I am constantly tearing up books and magazines. Sometimes I feel it's addicting; my constant search for materials. I find myself walking the sidewalk, or across a parking lot and I am always looking for pieces of paper on the ground. I'm always looking for anything I can use. It's odd, I know. But it works for me.

Why do you think people should buy handmade?

I know a lot of people like to purchase prints. Prints are good. But there is something so great about handmade artwork. It's real. You can feel how real it is when you are holding it in your hands. Artists put their heart and soul into the work they create. And I don't think a lot of people realize that and just take it for granted. My wife once explained to me, "I love when you find a really good fruit. And when you are eating it, you can taste the nature in it. You can taste the rain, the sunshine, the fruitful soil, and the Earth. You can taste exactly how it came to be." I feel it's the same idea with handmade artwork. When one buys a piece of handmade artwork, you are getting a physical piece of the artist's heart and soul. You can see and feel their time spent, their thoughts and emotions, their inspiration, their heart. It's all there. And it means something. It feels like you really have something. Something way more special than a print.

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