If you’ve been on the lookout for that special splash to brighten up your home, Patrickcollin is your guy. Patrickcollin, shop-owner of View Patrick’s Art, has been honing his artistic abilities since kindergarten and has created an impressive collection of colorful pieces on a variety of materials. For Patrickcollin, art isn’t just a creative outlet, it’s a way of life. Completely dedicated to expression through color with a special interest towards animals, Patrickcollin’s works are unique, bold, and perfect for adding that “pop” of color to your home.
What got you started? Where did you begin?
Growing up in Southern California, my love for painting began in kindergarten with colorful landscape finger paintings of the school grounds, my childhood pets and items around the house and yard. Stacks of paintings that I still have to this day, thanks to my beautiful mother’s keen intuition to save them. Tucked away safe and sound for many years, I now pull them out, study them and see my young, uninhibited and talented mind at work. I think back to those days of crayon drawings and paper cutouts and remember it felt like really important work that I was doing at the time. I have been creating art ever since!
What do you hope people will receive from your products?
Brighten their day, lift their spirits when they need it, give them something to smile at and basically make them happy that they chose my art for their home or as a gift for someone else.
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by nature and bright vivid colors. My paintings usually have a background splashed with color against black and white or a neutral object. My home, garden and studio are also full of colorful décor that inspires me all day.
What advice do you have for those just beginning to sell online?
One of the keys to selling online is good-quality, clear photos that are simple and show your product. Choose a neutral background if possible with lots of natural light. I’m in the process re-shooting all my photos now that the natural summer light coming into my art studio is the brightest.
Do you sell offline too? Where else can we find your stuff?
I sell my creations on my ETSY shop, I also have a shop on Society6 for items I can’t create myself, like my art on a cell phone or ipod case. I also sell in gift shops and I set up a booth at local art shows here in Arizona. Most people don’t understand my Sandstone Creations, they sell much better when customers can really look at them close up and see the detail. And I sell by simple word of mouth, my Facebook page and Pinterest helps people learn more about me and directs them back to my ETSY shop.
What is the most fulfilling aspect of your business?
I’m happiest when doing something that I enjoy and making a living creating art is what I enjoy most. The thought of running a business could sound daunting, but mine is most enjoyable. I spend my days in my studio creating, shipping out art and dreaming up new ideas by doodling and journaling. The most fulfilling aspect is to know that people all over the world have my creations hanging on their walls.
What’s your favorite thing about CraftLaunch?
I really like I can actually build my website myself with CraftLaunch. The templates allow me the flexibility to customize and make it look the way I like, but the best part is the connection between Etsy and CraftLaunch is, it’s so simple to use.
View Patrick’s Art: viewpatricksart.com