Artist Spotlight: Mckynzi B’s

Artist Spotlight: Mckynzi B’s

Mckynzi Bohnen, Boulder, CO

An intuitive healer once told me I have a strong connection to the fairy realm and I bring people there when they look at my work. I like that. I have been surprised and overwhelmed with gratitude for the emotional reaction people have to my paintings. As a single mother, my number one goal is to provide the best life possible for my daughter. Through major soul searching, in February 2017, the Universe showed me I should pursue painting professionally. I had nothing to lose, except nap time.

Describe Your Work:

You could say my animal and food work are portraits or figurative even. I like to focus on one subject without drawing any attention to the background. Contemporary. My abstract work is experimental. I haven't seen anything else like them yet. Texture and rhythm. They are inspired mostly by my experience in intuitive meditative healing.

How did you get started in the crafts business? 

I have enjoyed art off and on for my entire life. When my daughter was around one year old I was barely making enough money for food. Painting was something I could do while she napped and could manage on a flexible schedule. I had always desired to take the risk. At this point I didn't have a lot of options, so I went for it.

How long have you been wholesaling?

Wholesale started on October 23, 2017 when I painted a little piggy with wings. So almost a year!

What are your top 3 marketing methods for reaching new buyers?

For wholesale, so far I just stop into stores. It goes quite well! I have only received one, "no," and I plan to go back and change that. Instagram gets me attention and some sales. Looking forward to seeing results with Indie Me marketing.

What percentage of your business is Wholesale? Retail? Commission, etc.?

Oh boy.. I'll tell you at the end of the year when I do my taxes! When I started painting for a living the majority of my sales were commissioned pet portraits. The majority of my original painting sales are still commission. My steady income now is retail checks I receive from stores every month.

How has IndieMe helped your business?

I have not even been on Indie Me for a week so I will tell you next time! So far the community and support has been fabulous.

What advice do you have for new craft artists?

Trust your intuition. Just try it. If something doesn't work, move on.

What advice do you have for new craft galleries?
I would say; get to know your artists. I like a lot of communication with my galleries. I want to know what sells there, what doesn't. We can work together to make your inventory work best for your store! And hey, that works best for me, too. The manager of Art Mart spent ten minutes with me one day going over her best sellers. She encouraged me to paint a sloth. I did, and now it is one of MY best sellers! My sales increased and so did theirs :).

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