Jaya King is our Thriving Woman of the Week

Jaya King is our Thriving Woman of the Week

Jaya King is a professional artist, instructor, and inspiration. Her enthusiasm for painting is infectious and it propels her students, as well as herself, down a path of inspiration and understanding through creation. Learn more at www.jayasart.com

How long have you been in business? From a very young age I knew I was put on this planet to be an artist. I grew up with a crystal clear vision of what I was going to do. I officially began showing, demonstrating and teaching my art throughout the Bay Area in 2003. Art is my life, however I never thought of my art as a “business.” In the last 5 years I have embraced the CEO mindset and am now running my life’s purpose as a thriving business.

Why did you begin your business? When I show my art the question that always comes up is “Do you teach?” Teaching came naturally and after each class students would ask, “What’s next?” and before I knew it I had a full schedule of classes and workshops. It took me a while to realize that this was actually MY BUSINESS! Once it dawned on me, I began to run it like a business.

What is your mission for your business? My mission is to transform the world by inspiring creativity and fearlessness in my community.

If there was one thing you wish you knew before you began your business, what would that be? As an artist I am versatile in many mediums. In the beginning I wish I had focused my energy on one particular style to build up a strong, consistent body of work.

What is a guiding principle that you use in your business? My art is a reflection of me. I only put my best work out there and I stand behind my prices because I am worth it. If you are open to learning, I will teach you.

What makes you a thriving woman in business? I am a force. I paint with purpose. When I create, I am thinking of what the whole series will look like on a gallery wall. When I teach, I bring my personality to the classroom. I make sure to encourage each person sitting in front of me. My students gain more than the knowledge of how to paint, they gain confidence and this is why they keep coming back.

What do you love about being a thriving woman in business?  It is important for me to embody artistic freedom and empowerment. I take the term “working artist” to the next level: I love being a role model for my students. I want them to see what is possible and that they can live their dream.

What is the next big thing or dream for you in your business? I will have the most amazing studio/gallery space where I can paint BIG! The space itself will be 2,500 square feet with ample parking. I will have a classroom where I can teach up to 8 students. The gallery will be beautifully lit with natural light where my art can be seen from the street. This is going to be a state-of-the-art space where inspiration and creativity flows without boundaries!

How can our readers connect with you? My website is www.jayasart.com and you can directly e-mail me at jaya@jayasart.com. You can also follow me on Instagram @artchickjaya and connect with me on my Facebook page.

You Can Support Your Art Using Business — I Did!

You Can Support Your Art Using Business — I Did!

If you’re anything like me, you had aspirations as a young college bound individual who, through poetic determination, decided to forego the warnings and pursue Art School instead of, say, a business or engineering degree. You saw your future as the more challenging route, and through your struggle you would persevere and come out the other side, beating the odds triumphantly to live your life successfully off of the career you are most passionate about. Then reality hit you, after nearly a decade of denial, and you had to get a real job.

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