Why Small Businesses Matter
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You're IT Black Bird Studios!
Three questions with Kathy Lechler, founder of Black Bird Studios.
Why did you start your business?
Black Bird Studio was started back in 2009 when I decided to move away from a career in publishing and decided to begin freelancing. I was a very competent Graphic Designer and Art Director and a fine artist. Having studied Illustrations in Graphic Design at The School of Visual Arts in New York City and upon graduating with a degree in Fine Arts, I found a lot of freelance work in New York City. My fine art business has been always evolving. I am a landscape/seascape impressionistic artist and also paint anything in nature. Many of my paintings are of shore birds, anything along our beautiful eastern seashore. I’ve visited many national parks in search of the next landscape or seascape.
Today, Black Bird Studio is mostly a fine art studio and I paint on commission and produce notecards from my artwork. I started my business because of my love for art and the beauty of nature that surrounds our community in Connecticut.
What is your best-selling product/service?
My best-selling service is probably my notecards. While my original art sells, my notecards are what I call “Affordable Art”. Not everyone is an art collector. Still, many people enjoy looking at art. I recreate my artwork so many people can enjoy artistic nature differently.
How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?
The main local business that I support to “support my art habit” is Jerry’s Artarama on Main Street in Norwalk. They are a wealth of products for any artist, beginner, or professional.
Kathy would like to nominate Jerry’s Artarama to be featured next!
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