New Beginnings

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I am an Artist, a Surface Pattern Designer and a Mom. Since the birth of my son I have been freelancing from home (he’s 16 now). It’s allowed me great flexibility to work and raise both of my kids, which was so very important to me.

In 2010 I started taking Watercolor workshops at my local library. I hadn’t painted since college. I forgot how much I loved and needed to paint.

After a heartbreaking divorce in 2011, I suddenly found myself needing to generate more income and I became bogged down with making $$$.

I was feeling very uninspired. In December 2014 I stumbled upon a website called Do what you love…..and WOW it has brought a whole new world of change and possibilities my way.

I am lucky that I love what I do but now had to figure out how to earn a living doing it.  My next discovery was B School with Marie Forleo. Even though I had no marketing or management training as an art major at SU and felt intimidated by the 6 week intensive online course, I jumped in with both feet anyway.

My aha moment came during the first module of the course and I knew what I needed to do. Rebrand myself, keep painting, launch a new website, blog, financially support my family through my craft and get my artwork into homes all over the world.

Marie taught us to take opportunities for your business even if you don’t think you are ready. Next thing I know I agreed to show my artwork at a local Artisan Fair and as well to design a room at the North Fork Designer Show house this August.

Along the way if I can inspire others to dream big and go for it.  I will be thrilled.

So join me on my journey as I share with you my process, my inspiration, my projects and my art through my blog and newsletter

Melissa Hyatt Painting

Read my next blog entry for a sneak peek at my new Studio space…..