What inspired you to become an artist and entrepreneur?
I have always had a love for art and creativity. I did photography in high school and entered and won in art shows then in college I continued to enjoy taking pictures. I had tried painting and drawing and pottery but I always found myself stuck trying to conform to other peoples ideas. I found when I have a camera in my hand its like I can see the world completely different. When I had my first baby boy I was obsessed with taking his picture. He was my first true artistic accomplishment. When he started crawling and then walking I had to upgrade my camera to keep up with him! I started my photography business thinking it would be more of a hobby but I became determined to make it my “job.” I also wanted to stay home more with my kids and not be away from them as much as I was with my nursing job so I set goals for my business and made my dream happen. Being an entrepreneur is in my blood. My fathers dad was a hard working farmer and my mothers dad owned his own very successful business. My own father is a dreamer and entrepreneur. He has never worked for “the man” and has always owned his own successful businesses. He instilled hard working ethics in me, made me realize that there is an “outside the box” and that its perfectly acceptable to live there if its your dream.
How many dogs is too many?
In MY opinion there can never be too many dogs. My husband and I have a dream to own a farm one day and have hundreds of dogs! We want goats and pigs and sheep too! We have fostered many dogs and have been a hospice for two animals as well. We were a caring home for these two animals to live out their lives in happiness and we hope to do this again. Animal rights is another passion of mine. I have been a vegetarian for 10 years and cannot wait for the day we have our own little happy farm.
What do you love the most about living in Colorado?
What I love most about living in Colorado is that I was born here. There are very few Colorado natives left. My family, my friends and my heart will forever be in Colorado. I don’t ski, snowboard or even like the snow but its my home.
Are all babies really cute?
No not all babies are really cute. In fact most babies look like yoda or a potato for the first month. I cried when my kids were born… not out of happiness… out of fear because they were SOOOO not cute. They are the cutest boys in the world now.
Why is art important to you?
Art, for me, is my life. Its my creative outlet and has opened my eyes up to the beauties and wonder the world gives us. I never used to notice the beautiful sunsets or the shining stars. Art has opened my eyes and my mind to see the beauty in the little things in my existence. Art has also helped me become a better mother to my boys. I appreciate their little projects much more and feel that raising them more in open minded will only benefit them and their future.
See more of Stacey’s work at her website, photographybystaceyanne.com.