We had the good fortune of connecting with Tate Hamilton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tate, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I come from a family of entrepreneurs. Many family members have been self employed through many generations. I had a rock and roll band in high school and this was my first experience at running my own business. This eventually led to many other endeavors throughout my life from other bands to a maintenance business to an automobile paint touch up business and then eventually my current business and passion which is oil painting.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve enjoyed being a full time artist for 26 years. I seemed to have learned everything by trial and error. Every business that I engaged in I learned something new. One important lesson was this; their are no failures, only feedback. The feedback became less and less necessary as I got better and better at managing and running my business. I’ve not only become an artist but also a salesman, an accountant, a marketer, a truck driver, an advisor to others that wish to go into business themselves and a wearer of many other business hats. I get up every morning prepared to have fun. I go to my studio and then do just that.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In Denver there are many fun places to go. My wife and I enjoy a variety of restaurants and music venues. Our son is a musician and in a couple of bands and we try to get out and see him perform whenever we can.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Many people have helped along the way towards my success. Ken Valastro was a mentor that gave me a path towards accomplishing the goal of becoming a successful oil painter. The writings of Richard Bandler and John Grinder and then the eventual training I did with the Tad James company gave me the confidence to sell my work myself at Art festivals throughout the US
The ballet painting credit goes to @milano_photography for permission to paint this scene. All other paintings were originally photographed by the artist.