meet the maker no. 4

Liz Ottley

Based in Baltimore, MD


Let’s start with your story - how did you get started? What made you decide to start creating?

I've always been an artist but after traveling abroad for a few years I decided that I wanted my art to be my "real job" and I made a promise to myself that I would never return to corporate life ever again. So I returned to the states with "art" being the plan but had no intention of watercolor being my medium of choice. I honestly just fell into it one day while experimenting.

Who or what inspires you?

The ocean and all the talented people that are brave enough to explore it. And I love surf + skate culture.

What do you love about being a small business owner?

I truly love the grind. It's nice to end the day feeling like I've accomplished something for myself. Every day you learn something new.

On the flip side, what do you NOT like about being a small business owner? What struggles have you had to overcome?

Well, nothing happenes overnight. You know that picture of an iceberg? That is the life of an entrepreneur. The only thing missing from that picture is the emotional roller coaster that comes with it lol NEVER a dull moment and I Iove it! Struggles are mostly marketing, consistency, making sure my love/hobby does not turn into work. To sum it up... balance.

What sets you apart from the competition? What's your ‘thing’?

I think its that I use a more traditional medium in a modern way. Mixing old with new has always been my thing, but honestly, I didn't plan it that way. I didn't plan any of this actually. It all came to me very organically.

What are you most proud of?

Proud of myself for taking to leap to move abroad and travel. None of this would have happened if I never left The States.

Any tips or tricks?

Ready is a lie, and calling yourself a Perfectionist is an excuse- 2 things I've had to tell myself. The best advice is to jump in head first, you learn along the way, start before you're ready and you will find clarity in the mess of it.

Aside from art, what are you passionate about? Any other hobbies?

Fashion, interior design, cooking!

The real Q, what are you doing to stay sane during this weird time?

Online window shopping, rearranging my apartment, murals on my walls, walking, beach days, some art but honestly not much. Advice- talk to your friends as much as possible.

So, what's next? How would you like to see your brand grow?

I'd love to see my art licensed by large sellers like LeftBank art, featured in Coastal Living mag or some interior design magazine, and I'd eventually love to have a part in designing clothes/accessories/merch for men and women.



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