I’ve been working on this blog series for the last few months (literally). My goal is to feature the best boss babes I know to share their inspiring stories with you. I hope this series will allow my readers to recognize that you don’t have to be stuck in the 9-5 cubicle grind if you don’t want to. Of course, some people like the stability (*raises hand*) of knowing they show up to work every day and receive a steady paycheck every two weeks. On the other hand, what makes your fire light up? What fills your love-tank? Building your own dream business (*raises other hand*) or helping someone else at the top of the food chain, build their dream?
I’m so excited to share these ladies with you; I truly believe I have rounded up the best of the best ladypreneurs, who will share their successes, failures and triumphs (+ a trade secret or two!). I’m kicking off this series with the lovely Paige Poppe. This boss not only has a background in Architecture but killer painting skills and her very own podcast!
Interview with Chief of the Teepee, Paige Poppe:
Tell us who you are & where you’re from?
My name is Paige Poppe and I am an artist living + creating in my native state of Arizona. I work in watercolor and acrylic paint, and my favorite canvases to paint on are paper, wood, and skateboards. I just moved back to Arizona after living in California for the past 5 years where I was getting my Bachelor of Architecture degree.
Tell us about your thirst for art and when/how it started.
I've been busy and creative from a very young age. I feel like a lot of people say that, but I guess it's just ingrained in us! I am an only child, so I think I was even further encouraged to make things + paint because it was the perfect thing for me to do solo and entertain myself.
As I got older, I've been lucky to have very inspirational art teachers and architectural professors that have encouraged my pursuit to be an artist. I was doing my art pretty casually the first few years of college, but I lost touch with painting when I studied abroad 2 years ago and didn't have my acrylic painting supplies with me. Luckily my friend Elsa convinced me to take a watercolor class with her while we were studying in Copenhagen, which really ignited my desire to paint again, and I fell totally in love with the medium. I started spending over 3 hours just sitting in a park and painting what I saw. Since then, I've adopted the habit of painting every day, which is very rewarding and meditative.
Do you find living in the state of Arizona to reflect in your artwork & style?
Absolutely, especially in the work I have created this summer. I just moved back to Arizona after living in California for the past 5 years where I was getting my Bachelor of Architecture. My return to the desert was really reflected in my work these past few months!
Now that fall is approaching I can feel the darker cool-toned colors creeping in, and I think more architectural influences will start appearing in my paintings.
(See some of Paige's Fall-inspired art below)
What drives you to pursue your passion each day?
I am naturally very creative and love to work with my hands, so it's a bit ingrained into me to pursue my passions. But I will say that one thing lately that has been very encouraging is the response I am getting from people who purchase my original paintings. They have told me some very poetic things about why they connect with my artwork, and some of the stories are very personal. I love to hear these stories. They motivate to keep sharing my vision with others, because they tell me it inspires them and brings them joy.
Photo by Hannah Minker (Insta: @minkmade)
Can you share one trade secret with us?
I really believe that good photography is make or break for an online creative business. One of the best investments I've made is a quality tripod. I don't always have someone around to help me take photos or videos, so it is like my in-house photographer and videographer! Haha.
What is your favorite motivational quote? Why?
We already spoke about pursuing your passions, but my favorite quote is "If you pursue your creativity, your life will be prosperous." I found this quote in a fortune cookie of all places! I really love it though, and it resonates with me. I have found so much happiness is pursuing my artwork and a career in architecture. Even if I have a bad day, painting is always there for me as an outlet.
What is the hardest thing you’ve faced since starting your business? How did you overcome this?
Remembering to shut off is hard for me, because I love what I do. If I finish up a big piece by the end of the day, but am still in the mood to create, I will want to sit down and edit a video, or write a blog post, because I simply love it. I try to remember to tune things out and just relax or spend time with my family instead of pushing in those extra couple hours.
What is bliss to you?
When I'm in creative mode, bliss is the morning daylight flooding my desk, an iced latte, and quiet watercolor time. When I'm just relaxing, I love long drives with my boyfriend Jake just talking a lot and listening to music while we drive.
Photo by Asia Croson (Insta: @asiacrosonphotography)
See more of Paige here!
Hear more from me: http://www.PaigePoppe.com/join