When I was in college, I got sucked into the restaurant management world and stopped pursuing my art degree. I moved from Florida to Colorado in 1998 and worked in the natural foods industry for 15 years. A few years back, I realized that most of the quirks and traits that make me who I am as an artist, were the very same things that did not work well for me in the corporate environment. So I decided it was time for a career change and focused on staying home until both kids were in school. Living through their eyes rekindled my desire to create and reminded me of my own goals as an artist when I was a kid like them.
Grateful Goat Studio
finding art in everything
Grateful Goat Studio
My sources for inspiration are mostly found in people, nature, music, food, and pop culture.
Thank you to all my friends and family
for your love, support, and encouragement!
Work Hard and Have Fun...
But not too much of either one
I consider myself a "jack of all trades" so most of my work involves everything from carpentry and sculpture to drawing and painting, cutting, sewing, and even some digital design. I enjoy using all materials including wood, paper, ink, paint, metal, fabric, glass, vinyl, and dried plants.
My signs are mostly made using pallet wood, beetle kill pine, or repurposed barn wood. I use acrylic paint by hand on most of the backgrounds and other features. My lettering is usually machine-cut adhesive vinyl which I then seal onto the wood. I pride myself on offering unique custom work for my customers on a sustainable product for a reasonable price.
After making some handmade signs for family and friends I realized there was a need for custom and personalized art everywhere. I started my own business in 2016 by creating a space within my home to use as an art studio. Since then I've made over 200 pieces and continue to have fun doing what I love.
"Goat" has always been a childhood nickname that stuck with me along the way, and starting this business has been all about getting back to my roots really.
Growing up, my parents always taught me to be grateful for what we have no matter what.
A lot of my art is using what I already have and what I find for free. It took a long time and a lot of hard work to get here and so I felt like a 'Grateful Goat' when I finally realized my dream and launched my studio. I hope that I can teach my kids that being thankful for our experiences is an award in itself. No matter how bad things can seem, there is always someone else out there who has bigger problems than you. Be grateful and kind!