Meet Our Vendor: Elizabeth Person Art & Design
Who are you and what do you do?
Hi! I’m Elizabeth Person of Elizabeth Person Art & Design. I use ink and watercolor to create illustrations that are as educational as they are beautiful.
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?
One of my latest projects was a map of Kenya. Whenever I travel somewhere new, I make a map of the country or area. I spent two weeks in and around Nairobi this summer, so I learned a lot more about the country as I drew and painted it’s dramatic geography upon my return.
What is your favorite new product for 2016?
Local maps! I’ve created some hyper-local maps this year, including the San Juan Islands, one of my favorite places on the planet. I’m working on Washington’s mountain ranges next – The Cascades Range, and Olympics Range, from various vantages throughout the state.
How did you get started in your business?
I was at a crossroads in my life about six years ago. I had a good job, and bought a condo and was doing life, whenI realized… “hey wait…is this what I wanted to do? Is this what my five-year old self dreamed of? Is this how I want to spent my one ‘wild and precious life’?” I felt like I had three choices: continue on the career path I was one without complaint, go back to school to do something new, or do what I’ve wanted to do my whole life…be a full-time artist.” The last choice became MY choice and I work toward my dream every day.
What’s something you’ve learned through running your business in the past 12 months?
Stand up for yourself. No one can speak for you. No one can tell you what you want for your business but you. That’s a deep lesson. Even if you have super supportive people in your life, YOU need to say what you need to say to have the business you dream of.
What’s the best experience you’ve ever had with one of your customers?
I love when a parent uses my art to explain something to a child. At a show a few months ago a mom pulled out my map of Switzerland, pointing to the north and turning to her child to say, “This is where Grandma lives!” He totally got it! Maps are very abstract to a small child, but that mom transformed my artwork into something hugely meaningful and personal for her son. When someone can walk away from my pieces having learned something or ponder something new…that’s satisfaction to me.
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