We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrea Rector and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andrea, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I’ve been painting for fun since I was young, and always wanted to have my own business as an artist, whether that meant full-time or as a side hustle. Since I already have a full-time career, I’ve been painting during my free time for a number of years. What really turned it into a business was when I started to get requests for commissions. Suddenly I realized there was a market for my work! The idea of starting a real business was both exciting and scary, but I knew I would regret it if I didn’t try. I formed my LLC in 2019 and have learned a ton along the way and met some great people in the art community.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
For me, one of the most challenging parts of being an artist is having a million ideas but a finite amount of time. I keep a running list in Evernote so I can remember them all. When a painting has been living in my head – sometimes for years – and I finally get it onto canvas, it’s a very satisfying feeling. A lot of artists create their art spontaneously – that’s not me. I’m a planner and a perfectionist to the core, and I think it comes through in my art. Recently, I’ve have some great ideas for how to expand the MascTots series and am excited to see where that will go.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There’s so much to do in Denver! We’d definitely spend at least one day hiking somewhere in the mountains, like Cataract Lake. We’d have to make a trip to Estes Park and stop at the Colorado Cherry Company for the most amazing cider and cherry pie. In the downtown area, I love to take people to Union Station because the renovation is so beautiful. The Denver Art Museum is a must-see, but my favorite museum is the Kirkland, so we’d do both. Food and drink stops would include Hapa Sushi, Linger, Kochi Cafe, and Sweet Action. I’d also take them to an escape room at Colorado Escape because it’s one of my favorite hobbies.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I wouldn’t have known where to begin without the tools and mentorship provided by the Colorado Small Business Development Center. They are an amazing resource for anyone starting a small business. I also have to give a shoutout to my cat, Cookie, for being my constant supervisor and occasionally inspiring a painting.
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