Monday, September 15, 2008

Meet Etsy Artist: toenailgallery

OK - I must admit that most of us don't think of pretty thoughts when we hear the words toe nail, but this next artist will definitely change your mind...
Jason runs toenailgallery on Etsy and calls himself a "living artist, meaning that I make about half of my income from my art." He focuses his talents on making function things - like furniture, appliances, and bicycles - look better. "I feel I do well at that," he says, and after seeing his Geisha dresser I'd have to agree. "I'm happy with every piece I've done," he admits, but goes on to say that "I'm pretty anal when it comes to my stuff. It has to be the very best I can do." If he isn't happy with it, he'll primer over the entire thing and start again. He describes his inspiration as a "beautiful dance between me and the person I'm creating for. It could be a color preference, theme, favorite animal or just an intuitive feeling I have at the moment." He appreciates that his clients tend to trust him and let him work his magic. "Almost all of them blindly let loose with their things without a clue exactly what I had in mind. It's a awesome feeling to share the finished piece with them. I really love that part!" Etsy has helped his unique work get seen by over 1000 people all over the world. "That number at times has been humbling in the fact that I've had 3 sales," he says. "The people I've had the pleasure of connecting with have been very friendly. You guys rock!" Please check out his shop:
-Wendy Baylis
Dharma Designs

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