We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah E Bott and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah E, putting aside the decision to work for yourself, what other decisions were critical to your success?
After I decided to work for myself, the single most important decision I made was to trust my intuition. When I made the transition to self employed, a lot of people projected their worries onto me. It was difficult for a while to block out negativity from others, but I knew in my heart that being a creative was my calling. I also had to fully commit to trusting my intuition in my paintings. I decided to only do projects and paintings that make me feel good, rather than paint what I think others will like or buy. I have found that when I stay true to embracing what lights me up, it is much more likely to be successful.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My creative process begins when I venture into wild and then follows me into the studio. I am most motivated by color, nature, and outdoor adventure. You will find that my contemporary style allows me to create relative and accessible work for both mountain lovers and abstract art fans. I am most excited about recently branching out as a muralist and developing a signature style in that niche. When I graduated from Colorado State with a fine art degree, I wasn’t sure if I would ever use it. Especially because throughout my college career, many people unashamedly voiced their opinion that painting was an unlikely career. But I learned that when I am not painting regularly, I am not fulfilled. I trusted my intuition telling me that I needed to keep painting after I was out of school. Before I owned a home with my husband, we were living in tiny apartments in Breckenridge for several years that didn’t allow room for an art studio, so I painted anywhere I could make work. This included a loft above a business downtown, a shared space in an office, my tiny apartment porch, and the corner of our little dining room. When I wasn’t working or snowboarding, I dedicated my time to painting. It wasn’t easy fitting it in at the time, but I felt incomplete without it. Then we bought our first home in the mountains surrounded by aspens and majestic mountain views. Living in a secluded place in the heart of nature heavily influenced my painting style and I still reference those years often in my current works. When I moved back to the Front Range, my craft shifted slightly again as a studio artist, and I also found my way into painting murals and business storefront windows. This is when I was finally able to focus on painting full time. I have learned that my work as an artist will never be finished. Art is meant to continuously evolve and it is important to allow this growth in my work. I notice shifts in my creative interest are based heavily on my surroundings, the seasons, and my experiences in nature; capturing this by means of landscapes and abstracts. My brand emphasizes sustainability, love for the outdoors, and living consciously.
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?
The most fun activities in my area that I enjoy sharing with visitors are mostly outdoor activities. Horsetooth Reservoir is great for boating, bouldering, and easy-going hikes. Mountain biking in Lory State Park and enjoying river activities on the Poudre also make the list. Concerts at Mishawaka and festivals in Old Town Fort Collins are great for those looking for music and art.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to the book A New Earth, Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Ekhart Tolle. This book completely changed my outlook in an amazing way. I also want to dedicate my shoutout to my husband, family, and all of my wonderful friends who have encouraged me to follow my passions in life and work.
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