Today we’d like to introduce you to Rashelle Stetman.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Rashelle. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
When I was a child I loved drawing. It was something that soothed me through some difficult times in my life and as I grew it became more of a coping mechanism and therapeutic experience where I could escape real life and immerse myself fully into my drawings.
I took Advanced Placement Art in High School in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and passed the college exam with my portfolio at 16.
At this point, it became clear I should consider becoming a professional artist regardless of all the people who claimed it was not a suitable or “real” career. I’ve always done things a little different, so this did not scare me but motivated me.
This “doubt” from outer sources has only helped me in my artistic career. I welcome doubt because I turn it into urgency to prove it wrong. We all need this to a certain extent, just seems hard to admit that negative aspects of life are actually a huge blessing.
Has it been a smooth road?
It has been a journey for sure. From the financial side to the actual studio days remaining a certain level of inspiration isn’t always easy, but never have I felt it hasn’t been the right path for me.
The relationship I have with creating is powerful. Its something that cannot be stripped from you, it cannot be damaged or go away. It is mine and I get to control my work ethic, that’s the important thing to keep up with. You drive is everything, self-motivation is everything as a professional artist.
The road has been bumpy at times, more 5 years ago when I first started my business than now. As most businesses go, starting out introduced all kinds of questions and confusion. Not knowing how to fill out an invoice or take payment, etc. It was fun getting it all together and forming it all into what is now a functioning business.
Stuggles always push you to get it together that much faster so I take time to appreciate the struggle. Without struggle and trials, how boring would this all be? Even when I was struggling eating Ramen Noodles and hiding out in my house working 24/7 I was grateful for the life I chose, because I got to choose it.
Tell us more about your work, what else should we know?
Rashelle Stetman Art LLC was created to continue my path as an artist and make a living doing so. The personal artwork I create is sold directly through my company online at www.rashellestetman.com or through galleries I work with. Currently, I am working with Black Book Gallery in Denver, CO. The other piece of my business is creating commissioned work for clients such as illustrations using references provided, logo work, portraits, tattoo designs, landscapes etc. I specialize in black and white portraits, being a color-blind artist.
I really enjoy creating custom art for people. I look at it as a way of being able to give back and share your gift with others.
There is no feeling like giving a family a drawing you created of their daughter who passed away. As the artist, you are able to take the unique characteristics of that person and bring them into the drawing. I get to know my clients in-depth and have the honor to hear their story. For example, having illustrated for Chad Michael Murray and his family inspired me. I was commissioned to draw his wife Sarah and newborn baby for a Mothers Day gift. The reaction from seeing the piece is exactly why I do this and why my job is unique.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I see the art world being primarily showed online and less in galleries. Unfortunately, I have already witnessed this.
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- Website: www.rashellestetman.com
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