Lydia Marie Elizabeth is an artist that illustrates beautiful interior and architectural designs in watercolor. She shares her passion with the world by running her own business. Patricia even has one of her desk calendars sitting next to her compute and has commissioned a custom illustration for her Christmas card last year! We truly love this talented artist, find out why in our interview with her below.
What inspired you to start your business?
“Both sets of my grandparents ran their own businesses. My grandfather on my mom's side got sick, and wasn't drafted into WWII, so he started his own business as a mink farmer in Connecticut at the age of 16. He grew his business to supply NYC with some of the best mink pelts in the industry. He knew how to do everything too--he cured his mink from a disease that nearly killed off his whole farm, he wisely traded on the stock market, and he fixed his own cars and boats. I think his influence just infused everyone around him that if you put your mind to something you can do it.”
What advice would you give to an aspiring entrepreneur or student?
“I think entrepreneurs all agree that you're always learning. One of the hardest lessons for me to learn was that there isn't a textbook to refer to, and you don't usually have someone who is going to tell you exactly what to do.
You don't have to have everything figured out at the beginning- it would be weird if you did. Reach out to others and ask questions. I think a genuine approach to your business is what will resonate with people.”
How has social media influenced or helped your business? Do you have an example?
“I got my first commission request via Instagram! I still get a lot of my leads through there. I also think it's a great way to show your portfolio of work and constantly have your work in front of people.”
Who do you admire and why?
“Jeremiah Goodman has always been a giant to me. He died only a few weeks ago, but he started working designing movie sets, and gradually moved to painting rooms and interiors- of notable homes and for architects and designers alike. I've been admiring his work for years- because of what he painted, and how he gave emotion and drama to what he saw. I love painting emotion in what I create, and I think he's an amazing example of how that can really be pushed to be something incredible.”
What inspired you to create a calendar?
“It was the first "product" I created in my business. I think it was really just the way for me to start somewhere. I wanted to create something that my clients could interact with and that would be a series of art. Now, I've really grown to love creating it and because it's usually a mixture of reality and my own imagination and depiction of the emotion in a scene.
I love the promise and excitement of a new year, and I think it's such a hopeful and easy gift that incorporates art into daily life.”
What’s next for you and your business?
“I'm entering into longer term projects with some clients; a series of paintings to illustrate the details that make an estate special to my clients as a home, and possibly some children's book illustrations. I think in terms of LME series of work that are available on my website, I want to really push the patriotic tilt my work has and do more pieces of American cities and scenes that resonate with Americans.”
What do you feel is your greatest accomplishment thus far?
“Honestly, I think it's continuing to appeal to so many people who are willing to buy my artwork. I'm so flattered when my clients want my art for their homes or to give as wedding gifts! It's such a personal expression of taste and I'm so touched when my clients purchase my pieces to incorporate into their homes.”