Friday, January 15, 2010
Name: Robin Maria Pedrero
General Location: Orlando, Florida
Business Name: Robin Maria Pedrero
What do you create/sell? ART, Fine Art Bags and accessories, fine art mugs, prints, aceos
What inspired your shop name? Due to participation in exhibits and in respect to collectors I thought it would best to use my name so I can easily be found.
How long have you been creating and how did you get started? I have always been an artist. I began creating at a very young age. I studied with master artists at 13. I began to sell and exhibit art at 15. I have had other "jobs" but still continued to be an artist, now I am a full time professional artist.
Tell us about your work space: I have a lovely small studio with both northern and western light. Bird feeders outside my windows bring songs and feathered friends. I work in several mediums and have numerous pastel and acrylic pieces in progress. I have a wonderful bookshelf made by my mother, filled with books of inspiration, guidance and business. A sliding glass doored closet full of supplies. And music! A cd player and my ipod on speaker. Glancing around one sees many files, papers, mementos, chairs, tables, easels, portfolios, feathers, award ribbons along the upper walls, and paint speckled on the floor. Sometimes there will be packing supplies filling the tables, but everything is picked up as every week there are students.
Any advice for those thinking about starting their own business? Yes, I teach art marketing workshops locally. First of all have goals. If you don't know where to start take a peek at some of mine from last year http://pocketfullofcolors.blogspot.com/2009/12/action-accountability-and-all-righty.html
and my projections for 2010 http://pocketfullofcolors.blogspot.com/2010/01/robin-maria-pedreros-2010-goals.html
Then market, build relationships online and in person, (strongly suggest you join UWIB) perseverence is a must, market, repeat with excellent customer service, smiles and good bookkeeping.
Fun facts about yourself: I really like to play racquetball! I like to explore and travel. I believe creating and sharing art makes a difference and I would love for you to join me in my journey; Pocketful of Colors my blog - http://www.pocketfullofcolors.blogspot.com/
Website - http://www.gallery523.com
Etsy ~ http://RobinMariaPedrero.etsy.com
1000 markets ~ http://www.1000markets.com/users/avisualjourney
Books ~ http://stores.lulu.com/robinmariapedrero
Video ~ http://www.youtube.com/rmpastel
Please join my Fan Club ~ http://artist.to/robinmariapedrero/
Twitter ~ http://twitter.com/robinpedrero
Visit her on Etsy now!