Meet the Artist: Sarah Stevenson

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Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset This week I have chosen to introduce you to me, Sarah, the founder of create.explore.discover art retreat. That way you will have a behind the scenes peek at how the retreat came about and how I, as a creative learn right along side you. Hope you enjoy! Tell a little bit about yourself. Where you have lived, what type of creative work you have done and how you came to build create.explore.discover art retreat. I was born and raised in Australia until the age of 10. At that time, my family moved to central Illinois and I spent my teen years growing up in the middle of corn fields and academia of University of Illinois. I went to school for Interior Design and am a registered Interior Designer by trade. I have about 25 years of corporate design experience which included strategic planning, project management, design, architecture, construction,  and move coordination. In addition, I had a staff of about 20 working with me in various capacities on our projects. We managed around 1 million square feet of corporate space for fortune 500 companies. During my career I became burned out due to long hours and lack of what I felt at the time was creativity in my work. In early 2000, my husband and I moved west for his job and we have been here ever since. In 2010 I started redlinedesign® and started sharing and selling my own art and photography. In 2011 I developed create.explore.discover art retreat as a way to enhance how I learned as an artist and to introduce others to art and creativity. I initially wanted to teach at the retreat (and hope to return to that at some point) but found myself too busy to also develop my own courses. Instead, after having taken many online and in person art courses I decided to share the best instructors and artists with my audience. Today, some of the brightest, up and coming artists teach their skills to women at CED and I am blessed that all of them keep coming back year after year. IMG_0170 How do you keep yourself “creative” each day? My daily creative life includes, writing, photography, sketching and painting. I am constantly working at my skills as a photographer and mixed media artist and finding inspirational imagery that I can photograph. I begin my work each day, writing a blog post, writing morning pages and weaving some sort of creative activity throughout my regular business day. I will say some days are better than others and I do not always have time for a creative activity. If I can’t do something creative, I try and read a book, look at inspirational magazines or cook with my family. What everyday things do you find inspiration in? I love nature, flowers, architecture and anything that is well designed. Color is a constant source of inspiration whether it is in other artwork, in art supplies that I use or in nature. It wows me everyday. I collect fancy ribbon, the number 5 and stationery and notebooks. A blank notebook inspires me to BEGIN and I have many notebooks and sketchbooks in various stages of completeness. Image 1 What fun and exciting things are in store for you and your business this year?
 There are some really exciting things happening at redlinedesign® this year including adding two day retreats to the CED lineup for next spring and fall and the release of my first wholesale product line called Wander – Paris: a series of photographic images sharing my journey to Paris last summer. All the images from this collection are also available through our online shop: redlinedesign shop.   I hope you enjoyed a peek inside create.explore.discover and hope you will consider joining us for this years retreat. We have a few spots still available and would love to share this special weekend with you. Happy Monday everyone!        




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