We had the good fortune of connecting with Sandra Marshall and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sandra, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
The thought process behind starting my business Be… An Artist studio is a funny story. I was walking through a shopping plaza with my two children who were seven and ten at the time. They looked into the window of an empty storefront that was for lease. My son said, “Mom. Here is your new business! Call the number on the window.” My daughter got my phone and said, “Yes Mom. Call now!” She grabbed my phone for me and I called the number. I thought this would be a perfect example to show my children how to start and run a business. I told them before I called that this would be their business too, so they better be prepared!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am an artist and a business owner. I am so proud I was able to build a business to share my love for creating with others. I am also really proud of the art I create. Not only do I paint, I am a food artist! I had one food art book published in 2016, and now I have a children’s book on the way. The children’s book is so cute! I feel so lucky because I get to share my passion for food art (and healthy plant based eating) with others. I actually turn our dinner ingredients into art pieces and share them on social media. My images have traveled the world. I make anything from cute puppies to portraits of people. The colors of nature are mesmerizing. They are so vibrant and beautiful! I have met so many wonderful people from my social media pages. I realize how small the world really is. The decision to close my brick and mortar creative center Be…An Artist was a very hard decision, but I needed more balance. This center was my baby who we raised from just an idea. It was hard to let that go, but in my heart, I needed more time to create. I was missing my own creative time because I was teaching each and every single day. After leaving the studio, I bought two tiny mobile art studios. They are small tiny houses where we could create art on the go. We actually can paint now with hundreds of people at one time. We bring the tiny house with all of our materials to the larger events, and for smaller events, we actually paint inside the tiny mobile studios. It is so much fun! With the pandemic, we are taking a break of course, but we have hopes to begin again when things are safe. My mission in life is to share the joy of art with others, either through my own art, or by helping others to explore their own creativity. I hope to inspire! Sandra Marshall Art is my brand now. Everything I do is now under this name. Facebook and Instagram and others are @SandraMarshallArt
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take my friends to the local museums, the Desert Botanical Gardens, and the Phoenix Zoo to start. The Phoenix Art Museum is one of my favorites! I love the Herberger theater also, but they are closed due to the pandemic. Downtown Scottsdale is always fun as well. I love how you could walk and shop outdoors. There is lots of patio dining everywhere! The art galleries in downtown Scottsdale are always fun as well! There is so much to do around here. I am proud to be from Phoenix, Arizona.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people who helped me follow my dream. I dedicate my shoutout to my husband, children and my entire family for their support. If I didn’t have their help and understanding, I would not be where I am today. I also have to thank my two great friends Linda and Ralph Ricciardi, who were there every step of the way helping in anyway they could. One more shoutout would go to Chuck Newton, from SCORE. He helped me so much! He was a huge part of my business success. Chuck volunteered with this fantastic organization to help me get my business up and running. I highly recommend them!
These are all my photos of my food art pieces. I am the photographer.