We had the good fortune of connecting with Edie Peterson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Edie, why did you pursue a creative career?
I decided to pursue an artistic career because I’ve always been creative and inventive and come up with random artistic things and styles since I was a kid. I would print out quotes on sheets of paper in black ink because that’s all I had access to, then color them and decorate them with stickers, markers and gel pens then display them across all of my bedroom walls. I have always been obsessed with quotes and stickers and I collected stickers when I was younger. I would also make magazine cutout collages on my school notebooks and folders and it was such a fun form of self expression. I think it’s always been in me to pursue something creative because it has just come naturally to me. It is something that fulfills me and makes me happy and I hope to bring joy to others with my art as well.

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.
My art most recently progressed and my business started on the coffee table of our 1 bedroom apartment. I began learning new techniques for watercolor backgrounds, hand lettering and calligraphy. I first made bookmarks and posted them on a new Instagram account I called Color My World Artistry. I didn’t really have too much of a plan for where I wanted to take this but it was fun to have a new creative outlet and a community to share it with and learn from. Once we moved into an apartment where I had a little bit more space, I was able to get a full desk, a printer, Cricut machine and really start to hone in my skills and learn new things like how to make stickers! This was such an exciting journey and time but it definitely came with it’s challenges. I say to others when talking about this time, that it was the sharpest learning curve I’ve experienced in a while. The last year and 10 months since I officially started selling on Etsy has definitely challenged me in new ways and encouraged me to grow and I will always be grateful for all of it.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Colorado absolutely has so much to offer in the way of art, culture, food, drinks and nightlife. Living in the Vail valley, I have been blessed to go to some of the coolest concerts and events. If I had a friend coming for a week, it would probably have to be the week of Go Pro Mountain Games. There are so many events to watch, tents and great restaurants to get food and live music for entertainment. Specific places I would take them would be Two Arrows Coffee Bar for amazing coffee and late night drinks. Mountain Standard or Root & Flower for delicious unique food and drinks. We would go to the top of Vail Mountain on the gondola and ride the alpine coaster or go zip lining. We would visit Vela Apparel for some super cute local souvenirs and clothes. There are so many unique places I couldn’t begin to list them all!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are several people who I can shoutout for always supporting me and my dreams. My husband, my best friends, a few new friends who I befriended on social media through our artist accounts, my dad, my family, my most recent work family. They all have been so amazing during this time of growth through my art. I can think back to all of my art teachers in school and those who always encouraged me to continue pursuing this. It always meant so much to have those voices telling me to keep going and that my art meant something.

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