Today’s blog interview is with Susie Bettenhausen, a local artist in our area. I met Susie several years ago when I worked at a local Fine Art Printer. She paints gorgeous pieces with delightful colors! She was always one of our sweetest clients and so easy to work with. Luckily, I ran into her again and she agreed to do a blog interview! So, meet Susie!
Tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up in Alabama and headed out to Texas for college. After college, we moved around the South a number of times and spent a few years in the UK as well. In 2006, we settled in Jupiter full-time.
When did you first have an interest in art? How did you get started in the “Art for a living” field? How long have you been in the biz?
I’ve had an interest in art ever since childhood but I never really thought I could make a career out of it. I was the kid with the little art station in the corner of my bedroom all neatly organized. I drew houses, fashions, etc. My creativity is always finding an outlet and I love to experiment with new mediums all the time. After college, I pursued art on the side initially. I began by illustrating sketches, invitations, notecards and other stationery products. I later branched out into giftware related items. I love the aspect of “handmade” and the uniqueness that comes with each product. I made the transition to fine art and have never looked back. Each piece takes more time and had more meaning behind it.
What do you find most challenging about running your own business?
Balancing everything – especially the aspects of the business that are not my strength areas. As a wife and mom I have to keep everything in check and make sure my priorities stay in the right order. Even a God given gift or talent can become and idol when it takes over your life.
What is the most rewarding thing about running your company?
Hands down, the ability to work for myself under my own guidelines and timelines.
What do you do on your days off?
Because my work schedule is so flexible, I may take time off at any given moment on a whim. When I am feeling extra creative I work – a lot! If I’m not feeling it, I don’t stress over it! I adore spending time with my husband and kids and we usually make our way to the water somewhere. We love to get up on Saturday mornings before the weekend crowds are out and go snorkeling in the Inlet or bike around Palm Beach Island.
How do you juggle work & family?
With a lot of help from my husband for sure! I make an effort to start the day with a prayer and devotional time which I absolutely need in order to keep myself on track with my eyes in the right direction. If you don’t constantly remind yourself where you’re going, it’s too easy to get lost!
Where can we find You and your artwork online?
I have a website, www.susiebettenhausen.com which I try hard to keep relevant and up to date but the best way to keep up with what I’m working on is through my Instagram @susiebettenhausen.
Is there anything else you would like us to know?
My art has been taking me all over the South recently but I do have some local events on the horizon this spring. In February, I’m looking forward to participating in an artists event at Social House Lake Worth and in March, I will be taking part in an art event on Jupiter Island. I am currently working on a Palm Beach series of works that will be available in the spring as well.
Thank you Susie, for sharing your story! Your work is so lovely!!
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