Joy Peirson is an artist who has exhibited her work in many shows around the world, including the Middle East and Canada.
If you could give your past self some advice, what would you tell you?
What advice would I tell my past self? Trust your own judgment more. You are smarter than you think, and that voice inside urging you to take one path or other is to be believed. Be easy with your decisions; they are yours and will directly affect you, so don’t take a different path, because of someone else’s directions. Believe in yourself.
When you first started your career, how did you know you were ready and what made you start?
I’ve had several careers, but my art career has been put on hold for a long time. I did start before I had children, but again that nagging doubt made me ditch my flourishing art debut to take up teaching. However, the most pivotal moment came when I was teaching in Abu Dhabi. I was in the Hilton Hotel by the garden, next to the swimming pool, in a town called Al Ain where I worked as the Head of the English Department at an International School. I had my sketch pad and was doing some quick watercolours. A voice came from behind me..
“Are you an artist?”
“Do you sell your art?”
“How much is that one you are working on?”
A $100 slid over my shoulder, and I gave her the watercolour. The conversation lasted two minutes, but I had answered without hesitation. Now I was an artist again, and I had an Art Show there in the next month.
What or who has been your greatest influence in business?
My greatest influence in business has not been any one person, but an accumulation of points learned by viewing other businesses.
What is your number one business goal to accomplish this year?
My number one business goal this year is to become a well-known name. I want people to say I own a “Joy Peirson” and have others know what that means.
What do you have going on that you would like to share?
I am working on a series of paintings of bridges in Vancouver. I paint Vancouver most of the time, but the bridges fascinate me. I love the industrial girders in front of the amazing scenery. I hope to have an exhibition of them at some point – COVID allowing – but I am selling them almost as fast as I am painting them, which is a positive outcome.
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