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Daily Inspiration: Meet Maria Fink

Today we’d like to introduce you to Maria Fink.

Hi Maria, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
First off, I would like to thank you all for giving me the opportunity to tell my story. I am a floral artist living in Santee, California. My floral journey, or should I say, “creative reawakening” started at the age of 46.

My husband and I were about to become empty nesters and I decided to take a chance and invest in myself by going back to college. I studied floristry and ornamental horticulture at Cuyamaca College. I am grateful for this time and the courses I took with the most inspiring and passionate instructors.

This time in my life was the perfect time for a new beginning that has reawakened my creativity and it sent me on an amazing journey of rediscovery.

Like most creatives, I jumped right in, took a leap of faith and started my small floral studio, Petal Vision Design and Events. I wanted to provide a creative space where my clients and I could bond and collaborate.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It’s funny, when you start something you envision it will be a certain way and then you realize it is not a good fit for you. Initially, I followed all the guidelines on how to set up a business and I became a part of all the organizations they tell you to join as a new business. I met so many amazing and wonderful people that I am proud to call my friends but quickly realized I was on a different business path. I longed to have deeper connections with my clients and more creative freedom.

I realized I had a calling to create one-of-a-kind floral designs that would bring beauty, joy and comfort. It took me years to realize I would be writing my own story as to how this business would operate…

The lockdown really saved me and my business. Life changed quickly for all of us and my true and authentic business flourished. Being a small business, I was able to adapt quickly to the many challenges that covid brought to us. I did not have control over the pandemic, but I did have control over how I reacted.

I stood by every one of my clients as we navigated through canceled events, deaths, funerals and elopements. I checked on them and I think we all helped each other. It was a very uncertain time for everyone. At one point, I even learned to sew and I made masks that I gave away to essential workers.

When the flower market shut down, I started to grow my own flowers and foliages, and I created a certified wildlife habitat in my garden. I also joined the Slow Flowers Society, which is educating the flower industry on more sustainable practices and advocating support of farms and American grown flowers.

As the world is opening up, I look forward with excitement to what is ahead for my clients. They have waited a long time the celebrate their special day with family and friends. I am thankful they chose me to help them.

Life is a beautiful journey, I hope to continue my flower journey for many years connect with clients and help them tell their stories with flowers.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I have a hard time with titles and have struggled with this for a while. My clients often refer to me as a “floral artist” and I am starting to own that title. I love people and the personal connections I make with each of them. Being a small business allows me time to get to know each client. Designing for them is always a personalized and creative collaboration.

When clients call upon me to design they are calling upon me to create a story with the flowers. Sometimes I create designs for joyous occasions, such as weddings, but other times there have been events so heart-wrenching, I will cry while creating the designs. The clients I have met and the stories I have witnessed have touched me, and they’ve made me appreciate life and the beauty and fragility of it.

I am the entire team and creative force behind my business and this is something I could not do without the love and support of my family, personal friends and floral friends that have helped me through the journey. The floral education I went through with the most amazing mentors and floral designers in this industry and around the world has also been a huge part of who I have become as a floral artist.

Alright so before we go can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
The best way to reach me for a collaboration is my website. I respond with a phone call within a day unless I am on location doing a project. To support my business, tell a friend, leave a review or just drop a line and say hello. When you buy flowers at the grocery store look for the American Grown Flowers Logo and support local farmers.

Contact Info:

  • Email: hellopetalvision@yahoo.com
  • Website: www.petalvision.com
  • Instagram: Petalvisiondesignandevents
  • Facebook: Petal Vision Design and Events
  • Yelp: Petal Vision Design and Events

 

Image Credits
Maria Fink
Melissa Montoya Photography
Therese Ruffner Photography

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