Spotlight Feature: Arianne Stuhr, An Artists Acreage
Last week I had a FaceTime session with Arianne Stuhr, 25-year old Omaha native who currently resides roughly thirty minutes outside of Lincoln, Nebraska on an acreage with her husband, Dominic. Inspired by the vibrancy of Europe and nature, Arianne creates watercolor paintings meant to evoke a sense of peacefulness. She recently launched her creative platform, An Artists Acreage.
When asked what inspired her to begin this journey, she stated “I’ve always wanted to do my own thing and start my own business, but I didn’t know what that would look like. Whatever it was I wanted to inspire people to rest and refocus. Originally I wanted to open a coffee shop and have art pieces featured. I love watercolor and the effects of how water color does amazing and beautiful things.”
Arianne’s paintings are not just a by product of her own adventures overseas, she also draws inspiration from instagram accounts such as: “Fraser Adams who features gorgeous store fronts of Europe that represent handmade, slower-pace living that is important to their culture; Justina Blakeney for her boldness in color usage and eccentric living; and Christina McKeown for her linear designs and the use of nature’s beauty as her subject matter.”
Curious about her title choice, I asked what inspired An Artists Acreage she stated, “My husband and I have always had a dream to have an acreage. After living in the city for almost two years we dreamt of living outside of the city. Having an acreage is a lot of work, but it’s the place to be with each other, future kids, and we can focus on family, rest and take a break from the task of life. Also, a lot of my artwork is not only inspired by Europe. It’s also inspired by nature.”
Quitting her job in order to pursuit her art was not a decision made lightly. In fact, it has been a delicate lesson in balance. Previously, her days would involve spending a few hours in the morning painting before promoting on social media, before going into work for the day. Now, she has to find the motivation to stop creating and remember her responsibilities on the acreage and her role as a wife.
I asked if she could give other aspiring entrepreneurs and artists a piece of advice, she stated, “Just have patience with yourself and remember the entire thing has a process. There are days where I feel like I’m getting really good feedback and there are other days where it seems like there’s nothing. So, just remember it’s a process.”
She is so thankful for the support she’s receiving from her friends and family, she stated while this might not have been the route they were expecting, a lot of purchases have come from her friends and family.
If you’re interested in pieces by An Artists Acreage, she is currently available for commissions or you can purchase her prints on Etsy. She hopes to eventually expand to her own website and eventually attend different art fairs in different communities.
She is looking forward to hopefully going back to Europe in 2019 with her husband who has never been overseas and to share the joy on why she loves Europe so much. Her work will also be featured at Neutral Grounds, a coffee shop, in Seward, Nebraska during the month of April.
DISCLAIMER: All photos in this piece are courtesy of An Artists Acreage and used with her expressed permission. No Copyright is intended.