Saturday, June 21, 2008

Meet Etsy Artist: mbush1us

When Michelle Bush is in create mode, she tends to "look at the world through a mental view finder of sorts." Her artistic eye is always on the lookout for vibrant colors and great composition. "I moved to New Mexico a few years back from Washington State in order to be closer to the art culture of Santa Fe with all the wonderful galleries. Nothing kills a creative funk like a stroll down Canyon Road," she jokes. Her works are often a unique fusion of photography, watercolor, and digital art. "While the image may start as a photograph (taken by me) the process to produce the finished image is pretty time consuming and involves lots of various techniques," she explains. "I also paint in watercolors (though I don't yet sell them on Etsy) so my digital art tends to take on the same kind of look and feel." She has been a graphic designer for over thirty years and "made the change from a board artist to a digital one when computers first became available for design work." She has always been creative and admits to being "one of those kids who doodled on everything." In fact, her mother had to constantly carry paper and pencils just to keep her quiet. Right now Etsy is just a hobby, but she hopes to turn it into a job. As a designer, she realizes that Etsy buyers are generally "visually sophisticated and artsy. They are likely to be influenced (positively or negatively) by the look of your site (banner, avatar, etc). Give it the attention it deserves," she recommends. Please check out her shop:

-Wendy Baylis
Dharma Designs

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