We had the good fortune of connecting with Diana Brosseau and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Diana, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
To be honest I was more driven to start the creative process than a business. I’m a full time mom to three little girls so the bandwidth to start a business didn’t really exist. But I had the desire to be creative and painting makes me feel alive and inspired. The business part happened organically. I picked up a paintbrush last summer for the first time in a decade and started painting seascapes and landscapes. I can only put so much art in my own home, so I started an Instagram account and began posting them there to sell. I guess there’s an untapped market for affordable original art, because almost everything that I’ve posted has sold.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Well I got where I am today by listening to the small, still voice inside of me. If I hadn’t answered that nudge to paint I would still be a full time mom, but I would be one lacking a creative outlet. It is so important when you are taking care of small children to carve out time to do something that makes you still feel like yourself. For me that’s the joy of using the creativity God gave me. I’m most excited about developing that gift and sharing it with others. There is nothing more thrilling than having my art hang in someone else’s home! But I think it’s important to note that I had to overcome the fear of vulnerability in order to get there. Putting my paintings out in the world was initially terrifying. But once I decided to get over my fear, it was incredibly rewarding. The moral of the story is that if God has given you a gift, don’t overcomplicate it. Don’t be afraid of vulnerability. If you’re not using your gifts you’re not living!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Dallas has so much to offer in terms of restaurants and activities. In fact, we have so many options they can be hard to navigate. There are always new restaurants and things to do but I like to stick with the classics. Javier’s is my go to for great Mexican food. Hillstone and Cafe R&D, both upscale American, will never disappoint. Shinsei is good sushi with a fun atmosphere. If you are celebrating a special occasion, I would recommend Cafe Pacific in Highland Park Village. It has the best seafood in town, but what I really love about it is that it’s still old school Dallas. It was one of my grandfather’s favorite restaurants and it hasn’t changed much since he frequented the place in the 80’s.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Last summer in the midst of quarantining and taking care of my three little girls I felt the nudge to start painting. I ignored it initially. But I’ve learned after many years that when I feel like God is trying to tell me something to pay attention. And eventually I paid attention and got out the paint set I had stored away since high school. Now that it’s been a year since I started painting again I can tell you with certainty that that nudge or encouragement to paint was from Him.