Meet Tricia, artist and owner behind Card & Canvas:
Hi, I’m Tricia. I grew up in Columbus, studied art at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio and now live in Powell. In the corporate world I’ve worked as a web developer, web designer, and User Experience Design Team manager. Six years ago I took some time off to raise my children.
During this time I spent my day doing activities with my children, but I felt like something was missing. I wanted to create. More than that, I wanted to create products that were inspirational. I believe in the power of positive affirmations and I wanted my work to be a tool for others to maintain a positive inner dialogue, reinforce a personal mantra or just lighten their day by bringing a smile to their face. In the back of my mind I hoped I could build a handmade business that would allow me the freedom to continue to stay home, do something I love, and bring in a little extra money to help support my family.
So, I dusted off my sketchbook and started drawing mandalas. I’ve always doodled patterns and shapes and I found the repetition of the mandala shapes and patterns was relaxing and almost meditative to me. (This was way before the current trend of mandala coloring books for adults.) I scanned my designs into Illustrator, opened an Etsy shop and and put my mandala designs on greeting cards. That was the early beginnings of Card & Canvas.
About a year later I found mini canvases at Michaels and started searching for a way to put my designs on canvas. It took some trial and error, but I finally found a process that worked really well. And I fell in love. I found a way to combine my love for design and computer graphics to create a product that hopefully inspires others.
My product line has grown from hand-drawn mantras to inspirational quotes to sports-related items. I’ve been a Buckeye my entire life so it was almost a given that I would incorporate my love for Ohio State into some of my items. Most recently I’ve added custom designed greeting cards and 8” x 8” custom canvases to my product lineup.
Her favorite product featured at Celebrate Local is . . .
I had so much fun illustrating my penguins that spell out OHIO with their flippers. That is definitely one of my favorites. My “Namaste” mini mandala has special significance to me because it was the first drawing I did in my sketchbook when I started drawing again.
Tricia's creative process looks a little like . . .
The inspiration for my products usually starts with something I hear or see that I think would translate well on a canvas. My husband probably can’t count how many times I’ve said “I should put THAT on a canvas!” Sometimes inspiration comes from my customers when ordering a custom designed piece. But it’s the feedback I receive from customers that really inspires me. To know that I am creating a special, one-of-a-kind keepsake is a really wonderful feeling.
Her favorite thing to do in her free time is . . .
When I’m not working on my business you can find me at the zoo, COSI, metro parks or one of the Delaware county libraries with my two young kids, or cheering on my daughter who is a high school senior and plays the bass drum in the marching band.
Tricia's favorite thing about being a CL family member is . . .
Being a computer geek, I LOVE Celebrate Local's portal for their vendors. I can access inventory information at any time so I know what to re-stock. Of all the stores I have work at, Celebrate Local definitely has the most exposure which has helped my business grow. I love that they support small family businesses like mine. CL is a class act and I’m so happy to be a part of their family.