We asked some of the city’s leading artists and creatives to tell us about how they decided to pursue an artistic or creative career. We’ve shared some highlights below.

Emily Meekhof | Calligrapher & Artist

After spending my teen years being told that having success in an artistic career was few and far between, I became used to the idea that I would have to give up creating to have this “ideal” life. I gave up hobbies and the love of creating to focus on what everyone else was. I started in real estate soon after graduation in assisting roles, and felt like nothing was truly fulfilling. I would come home after a full day and wonder, “why isn’t what every one told me was the right way, making me feel like I’m taking ten steps back?” and then when I started calligraphy just for fun the feeling of fulfillment or at least that this was my path finally clicked. It never felt like work – it felt exciting and although the late nights weren’t easy, the job of creating and being authentic came second nature. I started Emily Grace Creates to help that feeling of emptiness, anxiety, lack of direction and never believed it would turn into what it did! I think the pursuit of an artistic career is never ending because there’s so much change and uncertainty that comes with it – but for me it’s been the most rewarding thing I’ve ever gone after. Read more>>

AnnAnn Puttithanasorn | Fashion and Wedding Photographer

I have always gravitated towards the arts growing up. It is a form of expression for me and I truly feel whole when I am able to create and share a piece of myself with the world–whether its through visual arts, such as photography, to something intangible, such as music. I truly believe that we need more beauty in this world and photography has been a way for me to share that along with the stories that I care about most. I am a fashion and wedding photographer and throughout my journey as a creative, my goal is to always bring out each individual’s unique stories. As an Asian, female artist, I also strive to bring representation to the media. Especially in my fashion and creative work, my hope is to create art that empowers others and captures the essence of what it means to be human. I believe that everyone’s differences are beautiful and they should be appreciated and accepted for who they are. Read more>>

Tammy Schriewer | Designer + Lettering Artist + Lifelong Learner

Growing up, I always had a passion for gift giving, making cards and learning a new writing style that fascinated me. Grabbing pretty wrapping paper, taping a row of pennies and cutting patterns into it were pretty normal for me to leave sweet notes around the house for my family. I didn’t put a lot of thought into it – I figured I was just being a kid. Ironically, after thinking I would pursue an accounting degree because math had come naturally to me, I ended up taking a different path after high school. After never taking an art class, and watching a commercial for the art college, I thought, that looks interesting. I’ve never done that before. Well, one class in and I was hooked! Read more>>

Zachary Anderson | Owner and Artist for Skucci Skateboards & Black Sheep Branding

Its the only thing I have full control of. I can be anything or anywhere. In this world or the next. The imagination is a endless resource just alot of people loose touch with it in the everyday hussel and bussel of adulting. I have always used art as an outlet. Drawing or doodling on anything since I was a kid. Its was a way to escape and drown out the outside world. Ive always been restless. Art is what keeps me level and tbh working for the man, watching their pockets get fat as your work your ass off… If im going to work my ass off, id rather do it for myself. It first started off with Skucci Skateboards, but since then ive been able to branch off amd create Black Sheep Branding where I create digital art, shirt designs, custom paintings, logos, etc. Slowly working my ways towards being self sustainable Read more>>