Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your shop?
My name is Ana Goncalves originally from Portugal (born in Lisbon) Have been living in the UK for 21 years now. I have always been very expressive since a young age and believe that it is the gateway to the soul.
My shop has a mixture of uplifting original paintings and prints on various paper crafts. My work reflects a great part of who I am, and how I connect and feel about life. I am inspired by existence, everything around me through daily experiences, feelings, reflections and my own self awareness. I am also inspired by nature and animals, which bring peace and harmony and remind me that life is ever changing. My art brings insight as well as provides a positive and empowering message.
What inspired you to open your shop?
I wanted to share my creations with the world and allow others to connect with my Art
Besides designing & creating things, what do you do?
I am a Holistic Therapist, help people on a one to one basis, as well as do voluntary work and help others when needed in a mixture of fields.
Where, who or what does your influence come from?
Being here and being able to tap into how I am feeling is one of the main reasons I create, and so existence plays a big influence in my creations.
What inspires you to be creative?
Just being who I am right here for this moment
How do you get out of a creative rut?
Go for walks in nature, be around animals, and try something new.
When did you first discover that you were or wanted to be an artist?
I feel that we are Artists at heart in whatever we do from being a Teacher, to a Cross Stitcher or a stay at home mom, we are constantly creating and designing ourselves around what we are and what we do, in turn creating our own very master piece of life.
Can you describe your creative process for us?
It usually starts with a feeling, or a motivation to create and see what arises.
What is your most cherished handmade possession?
An original mixed media original artwork titled ‘Emerging Vibrance’ by Chrissy Foreman C, a good friend and a very inspiring woman.
Where do you see or want your shop to be this time next year?
Where would you like to be in ten years?
In a community or travelling the world inspiring others to live their truth
Who are your favourite shops to browse on Etsy?
What is your best advice to newbie Etsian's just opening their shops?
Enjoy your creation process and be grateful for it, be open to all the avenues and possibilities of being found. Value what you provide and find the true worth of your work. Ask for help where needed, and most importantly enjoy yourself on the journey and never forget why you are here.
Where else other then Etsy can you be found on the net?
On a Blog
Do you have any coupon codes that you would like to share with our readers?
I currently have 35% OFF all items using coupon code: THANKYOU35
Available until 30th April 2012
I am 2 sales away from 100 sales here on Etsy and I will be offering the 100th buyer a FREE Art Print Postcard of their choice from my shop.