We had the good fortune of connecting with Janelle Frampton and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Janelle, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk is a very important aspect in the growth of any career or with life in general. Taking risks can lead you to the greatest opportunities, open doors, lead you on a path you could have only imagined had you not made the leap of faith. Taking risks leaves you with no “what ifs”, and pulls you right out of your comfort zone. We have a tendency to get stuck in these comfort zones that provide us with no growth or chance to experience our talents to full potential. Risk has benefited me in both my career and life in that it has provided opportunity, it has provided experience, and it has given me the tools to know what to expect of certain situations or scenarios going forward. It has also made me aware of my own capabilites.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Art for me is very fluid. I draw inspiration from life, sights, and emotions. When you gain an appreciation for it all and how fleeting it can be, you can find beauty in everything. Each piece, whether it’s a painting on canvas, or a photo, has a story behind it, and I try to incorporate that into every piece. There’s a message, meaning, or symbolism to every work that I produce. Some of it readily seen, some of it incorporated into the work. The exciting thing is that there is inspiration in everything! It’s an endless resource, and a wealth to draw from. It was easy in the sense it is something I enjoy and am passionate about, therefore it never really feels like work. The challenge is enabeling yourself to consistently learn and push to take risks for growth in your knowledge base. But taking risks can be one of the most rewarding things you can do. Not only for the opportunities it can bring, but also in the experience you gain. I feel the biggest thing for my brand or story is that I am always open to learn. I admire the paths of other creatives of any outlet, and draw a lot of inspiration from that. Most of all I spend a lot of time in places that are special to me in order to intrinsically feel what I want to envision for my work.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Being in Arizona, you can go in any direction to find a whole new scenic view filled with surreal natural artistry. Rolling hills of the painted desert, to vast mountains so lush and green. There are endless places to love and explore here. Arizona is a melting pot of diversity in so many ways. I have such a love for the outdoors…in rich history, and in experiencing as many places as possible. In seeing what a community offers to get the full experience as well, and this is how I’ve come upon so many fascinating local stories that are lesser known. So the first stop would be immediately local in Show Low, Arizona… checking out some stores like the Red Door Consignment where you can find some unique items, eat at one of these local favorites such as Sweethearts Cafe, PersNIKKIty’s Cafe, Red Devil, What’s Cooking…. Then take a trip to Greer to hike around East or West Fork. Such a beautiful area that brings so much peace and serenity! I also have a love of road trips, so the extent of the stay wouldn’t be confined to just the one area. One of my most cherished and loved places to go is Sedona, where a whole week in itself could be spent. Not only do you have the beauty of the unique surroundings, but you genuinely get a feeling of such serenity and calm there. Some of my favorite destinations to go to there is the Amitabha Stupa Peace Park, Crescent Moon Ranch, West Fork trail just to name a few of the more know locations. Shopping at Tlaquepaque, and just having fun drinking and dining in that center. Yes, they are dog friendly, as most of the area is! Arizona truly is the gem for exploring interesting, unique, and beautiful areas that are also very rich in history.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate this shoutout to my family. I come from a long line of very artistic family members on both sides. My mother and father always instilled that sense of adventure, appreciation and love for life that has allowed me to see everything in a new light. To everyone in my life that has always supported me. The simplest of sights, moments are so precious to me and I want to document it all! Whether that be through photography, painting, or writing. For me, it’s about keeping a memory of that moment in time, because in the end these will be the most important physical things that we have to solidify those memories and keepsakes. Of course to my son, who I adore, and inspires me so much every day to keep creating and doing everything with a heart full of love.

Website: VenturesandVirtues.com
Instagram: @janelleframptonphotography
Twitter: @JFramptonPhoto
Facebook: @JanelleFramptonPhotography
Youtube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCZhLdSb8gTBggSXENuEPFGg
Other: Etsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/JadeFlame

Image Credits
Janelle Frampton Photography

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