*Where are you from? Tell us a bit about yourself.My name is Carrie Bagalio. I am from Vermont....4th generation vermonter actually! Although I love to travel I'll always love living in Vermont. I grew up in central Vt with my parents & sister who have all been very supportive of my artistic talent. I went to Green Mountain College & Studio Arts Center International (florence) & since then have been working out of my home studios, & selling and showing where I can. I currently live in Stowe Vermont.
*Why did you start your business?Its my biggest aspiration to be able to make a living from my art. I started my Etsy shop in hopes that it can be one of my stepping stones to the goal.
*What are 5 things you want people to think when they see your product?
- I want people to feel happy.
- I want them to connect with my art and be reminded of a similar situation.
- I want people to have a warm feeling about people in there life.
- I want people to be drawn in to the detail of the painting and enjoy daydreaming.
- I want people to stop, think about and appreciate the moments and people in there daily ives.
*What’s your supply addiction; is there a specific color or type of supply you just can’t pass up?Living in a small town, I go with what is closest! I don't aways have the option to be fussy with paint or canvas brands, so I'm not. I prefer cheap brushes because I know I will go threw them quickly regardless. (The worn out ones make great hair sticks!)
*What do you do when you’re not being an artist? What activities do you enjoy?I love the outdoors. In the summer I'm a hiker and a biker. In the winter In a cross country skier and a snowshoer. I spend time hanging with my awesome husband and our basset hounds, spent time with friends......and........I'm a very hard working waitress. (aka=super determined woman)
*Which item in your shop did you enjoy making the most and why?I enjoy painting as a whole. I start with an idea from everyday life, them get together someone to put into pictures.(always a fun time doing art photo shoot) My realism has a process where I get to be mathematical, and challenge my skill level. Then my colors and patters let me relax into a different looser stage of my creativity.
*What keeps you motivated?My family always told me I was a great artist. Sounds simple, but it has always driven me. Plus I'm very stubborn.... I want this, so I will make it happen.
*If you could give a piece of advice to a new shop - what would it be?In Etsy, I'm still new... Connect with others.
As for advice to artists in general. ..Keep going, maintain your integrity. When I was in college I remember meeting so many outside "artists" that told their story.....it was their major, then they found something to pay the bills & don't have time for art. It was discouraging. I am determined. I have been out of college for 8+ years now, its hard, but I remember promising to myself I would not be another cell phone rep in trade for art. Yeah, I cant afford luxury things & I have to wait tables. (for now) I'm also experiencing life, painting about it, supported by others and know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
*Are there other places on the net we can find you?You can find me at: