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

Hi Melissa, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
There were couple of factors that collided at once which spurred me on to pursue beginning my own business as an artist a couple of years ago. At the time, I had just given birth to our fourth child, whom we knew completed our family. I had spent the last 8 years at home contentedly caring for our children, but with the birth of our fourth my thinking began to reorient further down the road. We had always planned for me to work once the kids were in school and it hit me, that was now only five years away.

I have a bachelor’s in fine art with an art education teaching license, so for along time my plan had been to teach art, but over the last five years I had also been painting consistently and realized I had a different desire. I wanted to be an artist for a living and I knew if I didn’t at least try I would regret it.

So, when my baby was two months old I made with a decision to treat painting as my job. I set up a work space on our dining table and began painting every day as if it were my job. I was interrupted often and could be found painting one handed while holding a sleeping baby in the other, but I was committed to showing up for my job daily. Beginning this business has been a process of slow but consistent steps in the direction I want to go.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Growing up in Denver, it’s hard not to picture the mountains when I begin a painting. I love creating more impressionistic mountain scenes with blocks of color next to one another. I also love the tactile nature of drawing and will often add embellishment of both line and texture as well. When my youngest was still an infant, I mainly worked in watercolor because it is easy to pick up and put down without much clean up, but as he grew and I had a more predictability in my day I moved onto oils and acrylic and have settled on a combination of thereof usually on raw canvas.

The question I get asked most often is how I make time for pursuing my art and business while also being at home with the kids and that is one of my biggest challenges. In truth I don’t have it figured out, but what if often comes down to for me is the choice of what I will do with small pockets of time. As often as I can I try to prioritize my art and business above chores at home.

I am thankful we have been able to make it work for me to be home with our children and I love being a mom, but four children in, I know how important it is to make time for myself and hold onto my identity outside of motherhood. Art has always been part of who I am and I usually feel most like myself when I am creating. I am a better mom and happier person when I plan and prioritize time for creating and pursuing my own dreams.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Depending on the occasion we might go out to eat a few different places. Osteria Marco is one of my favorite restaurants. I am also a big fan of middle eastern food and love to eat at Jerusalem or Ash’Kara. I am also a frequent visitor to any of the Sweet Bloom coffee locations and MaGill’s ice cream is the best.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My partner, Brady, has always been my biggest cheerleader and encourager to go after my dreams. I wouldn’t be who or where I am without him. As well as my parents who when I said I wanted to major in art in college never blinked an eye and continue to help support me any way they can.

Another great investment I made was becoming a member of The Studio Source (@thestudiosource on Instagram). The Studio Source has online courses to help creative entrepreneurs with the business side of things, something they don’t teach you in art school, as well as a great community of artists with the same goals. They have been a tremendous help to me.

Website: melissaloyd.com

Instagram: @melissaloydart

Other: email: melissaloydart@gmail.com

Image Credits
Matt Pangman, Chelsea Beamer Photography

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