I’m Christina Steward – a creative business owner drawing and designing as if my life depends on it.
1. Like an author who has to write or a bird that has to sing, I’m compelled to create.
2. Just like you, I want my life to make a difference. I believe one of the best ways to do that is to use our natural gifts and talents to lift each other up.
HOW IT BEGAN
I was a software developer for the first 12 years after college (hello left-brain computer programming!). But once the dream to be an artist settled on my heart, I knew it was only a matter of time before I’d leave the corporate environment. With my husband’s full support, I made the leap in 2011 and never looked back.
My first professional artwork pieces were charcoal drawings. Within the first year of posting my drawings online, NBC purchased “Pear Bunch” and used it on the set of their hit TV series ‘Parenthood’.
I was shocked (and elated)! It was confirmation that I was headed down the right path.
WHAT HAPPENED NEXT
I saw something shiny. Literally.
While I had early success with my charcoal work, I longed to branch out of that realistic style and use color, but didn’t know how. I experimented with different mediums but nothing felt right. Until I discovered metalsmith jewelry, that is.
I fell in love with making wearable art with my two hands, hammers and fire. Lasting pieces that meant so much to the recipients.
This creative outlet grew momentum, too, as I met new people at art festivals and sent my jewelry across the world to customers who purchased my work online.
Then the funniest thing happened: as business increased, the less creative I felt.
I found myself making the same pieces over and over again and it was stifling. So, I took a hard look at the work I was doing and made the difficult decision of stepping away from my best-selling production pieces and allowing my creative spirit to become whole again.
But even while I made jewelry, my curiosity for drawing never left. I’d sketch occasionally and tinker with digital graphics, not realizing I was slowly finding my creative voice in a world that had been previously black and white.
The real game changer happened when I invested in a digital drawing tablet. Once I realized I could draw naturally and incorporate digital color, I knew it was the breakthrough I’d been waiting for.
HERE AND NOW
Since the spring of 2017, I’ve been drawing non-stop, building my portfolio and slowly introducing products with my art printed on them. I look forward to bringing you even more goodies in 2018.
Also, I’m almost finished with the 100 Days of Pillows personal project, intended to increase my skill set and create a large body of work. I think it’s working. I dare you to compare the pattern from Day 1 with the pattern from, say, Day 73. It’s okay, you can laugh if you want. 😁
A big goal for this year is to begin licensing some of these designs to retailers in need of art for their own products. If that describes you, send me a message!
MY OTHER HALF
Chad really deserves to be at the top of this page. We’ve been married longer than we were ever apart and we still like each other. A lot. He’s been so supportive of my art career, I wouldn’t be able to do this without him. FYI – we rarely take photos together so I’m sharing our most recent selfie, which may have only been the 2nd one we’ve ever taken. It was funny. And painful.
MORE ON WHY
I have a deeply rooted belief that everything we have…our possessions, our talents, our time, our lives…was given to us by a Heavenly Father who loves us. As such, we’re stewards (see what I did there?) of everything we’ve been given.
My heart’s desire is to see my business grow so that I can leverage it for those in need and, ultimately, for His glory.
Since 2014 I’ve been serving regularly with La Casa de mi Padre, a Christ-based children’s home in San Salvador, El Salvador. Their mission is to heal hearts, restore families, and bring hope of a better future. A percentage of all profits from this business goes directly to support their efforts.
Success doesn’t happen alone and I thank every single one of you who has supported my work over the years. Now, more than ever, I’m confident of the path ahead of me. Not only that, but I’m enjoying it more than ever, too! I trust that will be reflected in the work I create and share with you. Thanks again for walking alongside me. ♥