Before I was a painter I was a lot of other things. A teacher. A waitress. A grant writer. A backpacker. A student. A marketer. A copywriter. A mommy.
In 2008 a dear friend asked if I would create her ketubah, a traditional Jewish marriage certificate. She had attended the birth of my first son so this was our trade. I had made my own ketubah and a few others for family but it had been a while. But I found that the project, instead of depleting an already tired full-time working mama, it filled me up. It actually gave me energy.
So I took a creative life coaching course with a wonderful coach named Laura Geduldig in Oakland, California and through that experience I created a plan for myself to grow my portfolio, spread the word, quit my day job and start my business.
In the three years since I began this experiment my work has been included in galleries and private collections throughout the United States and in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Italy, Mexico, Israel, Sweden, Hong Kong and Singapore including the Lucille Packard Children's Hospital of Palo Alto which hosts the entire collection of my watercolor animal illustrations. I currently have licensing agreements with Hallmark and Calypso Cards and in addition to ETSY, I sell online at Gallery Judaica, Rosenberry Rooms and Kids-Art.com, plus several Judaica shops in California including The Skirball Museum in LA, Dayenu in San Francisco and Afikomen in Berkeley.
In 2011 my husband and I moved with our three kids to a lovely hamlet in the hills outside of Jerusalem. I chronicle life here and all it entails - parenting, cultural differences, the physical beauty of this place, our family adventures, my creative journey - on my blog, www.susielubell.blogspot.com.
Thanks for stopping by!
Susie Lubell joined Fine Art America on September 9th, 2012.