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

Hi Kaila, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk taking is essential in all that I do. The endeavor of building a business around myself as an artist felt risky from the beginning, and it still does to this day. The journey had so many uncertain outcomes, from the time I moved abroad to Australia for a year, where my business was born, to the beginning of covid when I realized I would have to completely restructure the way I sold and spread the word about my art. Taking risks is a part of the creative process too. It is completely unsustainable to spend a week painting a row of flowers only to realize it’s not quite right and paint over them to begin again. But it happens quite often. Through creative risks the best work is produced. Learning to let go of what I believe will sell well and embracing creating images from my soul is challenging but I have found it to pay off. When you pour your heart and loving energy into your work, abundance results and somebody else may value in it as well! Or maybe it doesn’t sell this time and you have to try again. It’s all part of the journey, a journey where playing it safe will probably never get you too far.

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 mission in creating art is to inspire others to see and appreciate the wonder and intricacies of nature. As humans, we are deeply and divinely connected to every part of this vast planet, as is every living thing. And so, respect and care for our home is essential. I think this message resonates with many people, as we are beginning to see a shift away from the maximization of capitalism and production, back to a more holistic way of living that considers the impact we as a species have on our surroundings. Sharing my message of sustainability through my art has definitely had its challenges. Navigating the eCommerce world of marketing was not originally in my artistic toolbag. However, the learning along the way has been invaluable to me. I’ve had to teach myself things like web development that I never thought I would need to understand. Running my own business is far from easy overcoming self doubt and challenges but it is work that makes me feel fulfilled and connected with the community. With the support of my amazing clients, and fans, I am pushed to run a business that makes a positive impact.

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?
I would definitely want to show a visitor the natural beauty of our state. From Red Rocks Amphitheater to Rocky Mountain National Park, there are endless attractions for those who love the outdoors. I would walk down Pearl Street in Boulder, and show them the art scene in Denver’s Santa Fe Arts District. Spend the day in the mountains in Winter Park or Evergreen and then come back to Denver for dinner at one of the many locally sourced, farm-to-table restaurants it’s so known for.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Without the support and mentorship of both my parents, who are artists themselves, my father with woodworking and my mother in filmmaking, I would be lost. They encouraged me from the time I was young, allowing me to try out different art media and never silencing my creative voice, which has been the foundation of my success. Growing up in the community of Boulder, my parents made sure that I was surrounded by art and nature and for that, I am forever grateful.

Website: https://kailaspencer.com/

Instagram: @kailastargazer

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