I got an art submission over the weekend from Olivia Shea, a young lady based in Northeast Massachusetts. The first email was written in standard artist submission format with several images attached, but they all seemed to be digital scans and not printed on any sort of paper, so I respectfully declined, but told Olivia when she printed her work in some format, I’d be happy to share it with y’all. Well, a short while later, I got another email letting me know that she indeed does put her work on greeting cards and is also petitioning some local galleries to showcase her work.
Olivia didn’t include much personal information, so I had to do a little internet investigating (stalking) to find out more. Because she appears to be a minor, I’m not going to divulge too much, but when I found out she was still in high school, the impact of what I was looking at really struck me. The illustrative quality of this work at such a young age is quite remarkable. If she sticks with it, I fully expect she’ll make quite a name for herself.
Because she’s printing on cards, I’m assuming she wants to sell them, for which I would highly advise her (with the help of her parents) to get her up on Etsy right away. Her style is ripe for that marketplace and I think she could make herself quite a bit of kicking-around cash for the summer break. For now though, go pay her Tumblr blog a visit where she has a lot more pieces showcased.
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