Emily Balivet: Mythological Goddess Art

Emily Balivet's shop is a Gallery of Mythological Goddesses, Art Nouveau Divas, Celtic Damsels, Psychedelic Sorceresses, and Medieval Witches.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I've been creative for as long as I can remember, but it happened once when I was about 17 years old that I realized I wanted to make a living as an artist. I began selling my artistic creations at festivals in Alaska around that time. About 12 years later I discovered the magical world of the online marketplace and it quickly became my main venue.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Now that I'm a mother I have to say that cuddling up with my girls and a book is just about heaven. Though besides that, my favorite thing has always been waking up in the wee hours of the morning with strong coffee and painting the hours away. I really really enjoy reaching the altered state of consciousness that painting sometimes can bring me too and I confess, I'm obsessed with trying to achieve that space on a daily basis.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
There are so many challenges...
One that comes to mind and one that I've been working on recently is the balance of work and play. Naturally, as a business grows there are hair-raising busy periods of time and then, of course, there are the dry spells. Since it's entirely unpredictable it can be difficult to make plans for a leisure day in advance.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
As the saying goes - You don't know what you've got till it's gone - I generally only feel an attachment to a piece after it's sold. My present favorite in this category would be my "Zoomorphics Celtic table"

As far as works that are currently available in my shop "Epona" is presently hanging in my bedroom and I really enjoy setting my eyes on this painting first thing in the morning...

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
An architect, just like my father. I spent hours designing houses and floorplans for each of my dolls.

What other shops or artists out there do you love?
and many many more...

What does your future hold?
I'm bound to continue painting and following my muse...wherever it leads me. I'm beyond thrilled to be making a living as an artist, so I just hope I'm destined for the same...only more so!

Visit Emily Balivet at Etsy and www.EmilyBalivet.com. Also look for a feature on her work in the October 2009 edition of The Artist's Magazine!