Maybe it’s my age. At 44, everything I’ve learned in my life seems to be gelling in all the right ways. Once I made the decision to become a full-time artist, I just intuitively knew what I needed to do to start constructing a successful business.

Having owned a few businesses in the past, I knew all the licensing procedures and payment setup methods. Having been a professional web developer from 2004 to 2010, I set to work building a new website. Having been a professional photographer from 2000 to 2007, I began preparing my camera equipment for acquiring reference photos and pics for the website. I also had an oil painting of a family I had started over a year ago that desperately needed finishing so I could move on to new paintings and also use as a showcase piece to advertise the new business.

I definitely feel motivated.

By Cody Deegan

Cody Deegan is a life-long artist versed in drawing, painting, sculpting, and design. He studied filmmaking and character animation at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles as well as figurative oil painting at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle.

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