A bit about me and how I got started in this business…

This is my very first blog ever written so I want to start with a bit of background on myself. I have a furniture painting business and my husband has a sand and gravel business. We both love what we do and I’ll be sharing some of that with you in my blogs along with the talk about art, creative businesses and promoting our work.

I’m Rhonda Dalton. My husband and I live in Wisconsin on a farm that we built. Tom owns a sand and gravel business and I own a furniture painting business. When we are not busy with our work, we like to spend time with family and friends and we like to travel.

I’m a daughter, sister & aunt. I’m an artist and friend of many creatives, artists and artisans throughout the world. I had a pretty typical childhood growing up in a small Midwestern community in Northwestern Illinois. I was involved in just about every activity I could participate in through the school system, volleyball, basketball, track, swimming, softball and gymnastics. I worked very hard to be the best I could be at whatever I did.

In junior high, my art teacher entered a collage that I made in art class, in the National Scholastic Art Awards competition. Ned Nesti showed a true interest in every student’s work, gave everything he had to this program and truly changed my life when I think back on it.  I didn’t know I had any artistic talent and certainly had no idea what an impact this would have on my life.

     

When it came time to make a decision about what I wanted to do upon graduating from high school, the only true talent I knew that I had was artistic talent. How was I going to earn a living as an artist though? I grew up in the era of the “starving artist” after all.  Graphic Design was my choice at the time as I knew I could make a modest living and that is what I pursued.  I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Graphic Design from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh back in the mid 80’s. Back then, we didn’t have computers to work on (I know, I’m dating myself, but that’s okay). We learned to draw and paint our designs and make story boards. We made things by hand and I am so grateful today that I learned that way. I took classes in drawing, painting, photography, printing and graphic design. It was very interesting work and I loved all of it.

Fast forward a few years . . . okay maybe more than a few, I began painting furniture in 2012 and opened up a furniture painting business online in 2014. I’ve learned a great deal about marketing my work and have a passion for encouraging fellow artisans to do the same.  It has been another truly amazing experience in my life that I have been graced with. In 2017, one of my former teachers, Anne Frame, from Morrison contacted me and asked if I would like to display some of my work in Morrison’s new local gallery, Loft 112. Things had truly come full circle.  So, I have placed a few items in the gallery and I intend to do more. A lot is changes are happening in my business right now that I will be sharing in the very near future. I look forward to every new venture and am excited about sharing it with my community of family, friends and followers.