Can We Talk?
Can we talk?...Don't be shy...but do you have...... naked walls? .....Oh my goodness, there I said it. I know it's a bit embarrassing!!
Of course I'm kidding with you, but I'm also serious...but don't worry you're not the only one with a naked wall problem.
I walk my dog a lot at night, especially since it gets dark so early during winters here in Canada. As I walk I catch wee glimpses of the walls in people's living rooms. I'm surprised how often they don't have anything hanging on their walls. I think there would be no bare walls if people knew how much great art enhances your enjoyment of your living space.
Having beautifully colored images to look at can make a house feel like a cozy home.
I know this because I've spent my life making art, mostly paintings, to hang on naked walls.
My name is Cathy Horvath-Buchanan. I work as a professional visual artist in the charming lakeside town of Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada, along with my husband Shawn and my adorable beagle hound-dog Patches.
I started making art as a kid, as we all do when we're children, because we are free to express whatever is in our little heads. I didn't really plan on being an artist, it was just always who I was and what I did. Seems I never grew out of the stage of expressing whatever was in my little head and I just went with it.
After high school I continued on to art school. After three years I graduated and with diploma and paint brush in hand I went out into the world to make art to put in galleries. The thing about art galleries though is they are very local and have a very limited clientele. Paintings can hang in galleries for months before they sell; not a way to make a living.
It didn't take long to discover that being an artist isn't an easy path. To remedy this I also became a graphic designer. I worked full time as a designer while painting on the side. I did those things together for a few years, till I decided that I really just wanted to paint. I tried to figure out just how I could do that.
Selling My Art Online
It was at that time that the possibility of selling things on the internet was really becoming a reality.
Ebay was taking off, so in 2004 I experimented with selling my art there. I was surprised just how well it went. Soon I began to paint full time every day. The best part was I was selling everything I painted to collectors from around the world.
In 2010 I opened an Etsy shop, still selling original paintings. In 2014 I also added high-quality art prints made from my paintings.
The feedback from both Ebay and Etsy customers has been absolutely wonderful. I try hard to make the buying experience positive and to produce original art and art prints that people will be proud and happy to have in their homes. The hard work has paid off, having sold over 2000 works of art I still have a 100%, 5 star rating.
My website SoloWorkStudio.com has changed platforms. I now have my own e-commerce store (the website you are currently viewing), this website can also be found at cathyhorvath.com and cathyhorvathbuchanan.com.
My Painting Style Story
Many years ago and just out of art school I painted in a very realistic, somber style: lots of muted grays. Serious looking work that I created to be hung in galleries.
When I started selling my paintings online I noticed that my style changed in reaction to the platform. I found that the more colorful and simplified I made my paintings, the more intense was the thumbnail picture I could post online and the more able to capture your eye and draw you in so you would want to click on the listing. This revelation led to the style of painting I currently have.
What is also amazing about this change in style are the messages I receive from people who have bought my art, so incredibly inspirational, uplifting and positive. Not only is making art making me happy, the bold colors in my art really seem to be speaking to other people's hearts and making them happy as well. What could be better? There seems to be a re-energizing effect that comes from surrounding yourself with bright happy images. See for yourself!
Through my Etsy shop I have been fortunate enough to be seen by people who have offered me various opportunities including art licensing. In 2015 I signed up to be represented by the Montage licensing agency. The agency came to a close, but in February of 2017 I signed with another agency ArtLicensing.com , then in May I also signed up with U.K. licensing agency MGL. Hopefully you will see more of my art on products as a result. See LICENSING for more information.
And so the story continues ....
I hope to be expanding what I have to offer you to include licensed products and downloadables such as coloring pages and printables. Stay tuned to see what happens next....I'm really excited to have you along for the ride!
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Down with naked walls! Up with artworks of brilliant happy colors to cheer your heart and home!!!
Cathy : )