We had the good fortune of connecting with Becca Rowley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Becca, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
Being my own employer has taught me so many things, as I’m sure for most. Honestly, I don’t have a one most important lesson, but 2 major lessons that creating my own business have taught me that really go hand in hand together.
STOP MAKING EXCUSES AND JUST DO IT.
MAKE TIME FOR YOUR BUSINESS.
Before I was finally able to quit my serving/bartending job, I kept making up excuses as to why I was too “busy” to get the ball rolling. Finally I decided to force myself to make actual time, and dedicated hours to put work into staring up my own business. Research, reaching out to people, offering to do small art projects to get my name more out there.
I found myself feeling a bit out of my league, again with excuses, and kept falling back and not growing. So once again, learning the lesson of stop making up excuses and just do it. Prioritizing making time to work on things like social media posts, building a website, creating new content and sticking with it has really got me to the place I am now. Piggy backing on that, prioritizing time to allow my self to get inspired. Making time to fall in love with the beauty and life around myself. Whether it’s taking trips out to places like Death Valley and seeing the beauty in the desert and melting into it, or experiencing a new artist musically or visually. Making time to be passionate and expressive. Making time for my business and stop making excuses.
Once I have put these two to work I learned how to keep moving and growing as an artist.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I like to think of myself as an artist who helps other peoples visions and dreams come true! I love working with people and hearing their ideas, then making it real life for them. It brings me so much joy knowing my creative work made some ones home, or business what they want. When it comes to my own original work like my art prints or other projects, everything I create I do so with purpose. My passion is creating and expressing to help others. Whether it’s a portrait of your sweet pup or loved one, or a mural that brings inspiration.
I think so far what I am most proud of is a full custom home remodel. That project took me about half a year and this home now looks like it’s straight out of Tuscany! Just Gorgeous! Faux painting walls, refinishing old built in bookshelves, glazed every cabinet in the house, painting a 19ft high ceiling, and a mural in the court yard. It was a dream job I was so fortunate to have.
I would like to mention the support I received from my favorite coffee shop in downtown, Luana’s Coffee and Beer. They had me do a very cool mural incorporating their logo with a fun basketball twist.
I’m very excited to be working with a few local bands helping them create logo and album art for their music. It’s so wholesome working with another artist and seeing the excitement as their project grows with my art.
It hasn’t been easy starting up my own art business professionally. It definitely took a lot of research and starting from step one. I just kept asking questions and digging deeper on how I can manage myself and be efficient. Honestly I’ve learned to just keep trying. Everyday making time for my business, even if I’m feeling unmotivated or low energy. A tiny bit of work will help kick start you for the next day.
I want the world to turn to me and my brand Becca Lee Creates when someone has a vision they need to create or wants to have an original piece of my artwork for their home.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Being an Arizona native I have a major love for all it has to offer. Living in downtown makes it so easy to fill a week’s worth of exploring and fun. I could almost write a book about all the amazing gems to experience here. No matter the time of year Arizona is a beautiful place. Riding bikes all around downtown is the absolute best! Definitely a good way to spend a week’s adventure with a friend showing them around. Starting out at Grand Ave with all the art installations along the street and great shops, hitting up Grand Ave Pizza Company for a cheese pizza with fresh basil then grabbing some ice cream donut sandwiches from Novel Ice Cream. Heading over to The Crescent Ballroom for my favorite tacos in town, catching some amazing live music and dance nights. Trivia on Thursdays at Luana’s Coffee And Beer with the amazing coffee drink menu and the best pizza and beer combo. Stopping by the Theodore for unique beer to go. Running across the street for the best drumsticks and burgers from Wilderness Brewery and taking it all to Hance Park for a picnic and frisbee day. I love having mural searching days. When we skateboard around to see all of the murals enjoying all the different artists’ beautiful work all around stopping in places like the Pemberton for a quick beer. I definitely can’t wait until concerts come back to dance and sing our hearts out to the touring bands at all the venues around. Drag nights at places like Bunkhouse, seeing amazing blues bands over at Char’s Has the Blues, and punk bands over at the Lost Leaf. I truly am so grateful for living and thriving here with a full heart.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have been so fortunate to have some pretty wonderful people who support me. Definitely the most important person on my list is my incredible mom. I grew up with her working as a faux and mural artist. She has taught me basically everything I know. We painted all the IKE’s Love & Sandwiches shops in the Valley together. I don’t know how I would do it without her answering my calls when I need advice on what finishes or products to use. I feel so lucky to have her show me that being an artist can really be a career.
I also wouldn’t have grown so much as an artist if it wasn’t for all the amazing creative people I have met in my life along the way. After immersing myself in the art district in down town Phoenix, my whole world grew! Living here for the passed 7 years in this community truly got my drive for building my own art business going. Meeting the amazing people that I have helped me get to know who I am, and see my potential. So I have to recognize them all as well, I love them all.