An Artist's Beginning
With the Stoughton Art Walk beginning tomorrow (Saturday, September 25), we wanted to share some more about Adrienne with AJ's Art Jam, our featured artist!
Originally born in L.A. , raised in Hong Kong, Adrienne started out as Pre-Med but took one drawing class as art was a requirement to be fulfilled and fell in love with art. Adrienne has always loved art but didn't think it was possible to make a living as an artist. A big reason she would love to teach watercolor someday and help young people realize the possibility of art as a career.
She is not only an incredibly gifted artist but the most wonderful human. We are ecstatic to be hosting Adrienne as our featured artist and to have her as one of GG's vendors!
Walk me through AJ's Art Jam!
My business (AJ's Art Jam) is where I create fun and expressive watercolor portrait illustrations to help people build an inspiring home that they want to create memories in. Inspiring others to create is even more fulfilling than creating myself.
What pushed you to pursue your art career?
I had felt a strong desire to pursue the arts for about a year before I decided to listen to my heart and give it a shot. It made sense to me to try it earlier in life rather than wait especially because I was unhappy with what I was doing at the time.
Can you describe a specific moment or memory you have of when you decided you wanted to pursue your art business?
I had started my business on Etsy at the end of 2019 to test the waters as a side gig. It was during the 2020 COVID lockdown that I really began to question how I was spending the majority of my waking hours. My day job had become increasingly unfulfilling because I constantly had to undo and redo work mainly due to decisions made by upper management. It had become a Sisyphean task. Meanwhile, because I didn't have to commute everyday, I spent increasingly more time painting fashion illustrations and I loved it. I decided to once again listen to my heart and go all in because I couldn't find enough time to be the artist and businesswoman for my brand while working my day job.
Who have been major influencers/supporters in your life of your art career?
My husband encouraged me to quit my job and supported my artistic pursuit. He gave me the confidence to take the leap of faith. My close friends have also been very supportive. I couldn't do this without them.
What lessons have you learned since starting your art business?
It takes years for businesses to get to a good place especially when it's an art business. I have to constantly remind myself to be patient and reflect on how far I've come instead of how much farther I want to go.
If you could give your past self any advice, what would it be?
Skip art school and spend the time practicing drawing/painting instead. The internet is an extremely rich resource that's virtually free. Are there things that I wouldn't have learned or would've taken me far longer to figure out? Sure, but in a field where expertise only comes with lots of practice, I think time and money would've been better spent without a formal art education.
For anyone looking to follow their dream, what advice would you give them?
If you get the opportunity to pursue it, seize it and don't look back. You owe it to yourself to at least give it a shot. Otherwise, you'll wonder "what if?" for the rest of your life.
What is your favorite quote and why?
"Never say never" - how can you say never when you can't predict the future?
What are some unique things you want others to know about you?
I'm a curious person with many interests who loves making things. My latest interest has been in woodworking, which I can't complain about because it complements my art well.