We had the good fortune of connecting with Stephany Glassing and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stephany, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My business has evolved over the years. I started out in Graphic Design work while studying animation and did jobs here and there via word of mouth. It wasn’t until later in life when I started painting did I decide to truly turn my work into a business. I started painting for myself, a therapy I needed, and it’s still my therapy today. When people started seeing my work they asked if it was for sale. I was hesitant at first, because each piece is a piece of me and I wasn’t sure if I was ready to share a deeper part of me. But,I decided that part of my therapy was to allow others to enjoy my work because there had to be a connection for them to want it in their home. So, I still do layout work but I’ve added the local Marietta Artsian Market into my plan which allows me to share my paintings, along with functional art that I transpose my original artwork onto. The markets are my way of getting out in the community and enjoying people who create, and people who like to purchase work from those who create. It’s another part of a ‘therapy’ for me.
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.
I’ve always been creative. It started at a very young age. Creating things with my hands is what pleases me the most. I’ve done layout work/graphic design since the 90’s so my painting seemed to take on a life of it’s own which has lead me to being able to create and be out in the community more then I was in the past. There have been obstacles along the way but it’s more of life obstacles than anything. I sit 24/7 and my mind doesn’t always remember that I can’t move around a 60×60 inch canvas. In my head I create things big so I’ve had to adjust how I work and what mediums I work with so to keep it manageable but enjoyable at the same time. I’d like to be remembered for seeing things differently because my life has been seen from a different perspective, literally. I’m an intuitive artist so whatever is created is coming from a deeper place within me. I don’t always know what is going to come out and I try to just let it come out and let it be what it’s supposed to be. Being able to connect with people on that level is very rewarding.
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.
Well….this is a loaded question for an introvert! LOL But, being that COVID has been around the last year and lifestyles have been diverted I’m ready for a visit from a friend. Living in Marietta is a blessing because we wouldn’t have to go too far to grab many delicious meals. Going down to the square could easily feed us daily with the restaurants there. Anything from Tapas to French and everything in-between. So, we’d be eating at the Marietta Square a majority of the time. For entertainment we’d be going to live events. I really miss live music and think that when concerts start back up I may be at one every weekend for the next few years. One night we would go downtown to ATL and eat at Eclipse De Luna before taking in a concert. Probably head over to Alpharetta for an open air venue to hear live music. During the days we’d be outside either down at the river or at a lake. I love being outdoors and moving. I’m not one to work out much in a gym and I’ve always used water sports to keep me in shape. So maybe a little kayaking down the Hooch would take up a few days. If my company felt like staying close to my place, again we’d be down at the square enjoying its charm, or possibly taking another ride into ATL to enjoy the likes of Ponce City Market. Have a few drinks on the rooftop and then head home Uber style. Museums would be a part of the week as well but it would all depend on what exhibits were being shown at that time. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I couldn’t do what I do without the constant support and physical help from my daughter. Of course I have a handful of friends and family that support me as well but my daughter is the one who pushes me to keep going on days. She actually asked me at dinner one night, a few years back, what my five year plan was. I had just gotten back from being in FL for a few months helping to get a gallery opened that would ultimately be a space for disabled artist and I was tired, needed a break, but she wasn’t going to let me take too much time off. It’s something we look back at and laugh at today. She helps me mentally stay on track and physically helps me with Artist Markets that I do throughout the year. She is my person.
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