Nevi’s Paintings Shop

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Meet Nevila, The Founder of Nevi's Paintings Shop

Laura: First things first, tell me about your business? What do you create and who do you create it for?
Nevila: I mostly do water colour portraits of women (with an angle towards fashion). I also do landscapes and seascapes in a variety of media, including oil on canvas. I am either paid on commission or sell the paintings I post on Instagram and my customers are demographically wide ranging. I paint women of a variety of ethnicities to embrace diversity and empower women of all backgrounds. I’ve also begun to sell my art for commercial use and for use by other artists.

Laura: How did you first get started in your industr
Nevila: I started painting when I was 5 years old, so for more than 20 years now. When I was studying architecture and urban planning I stopped painting as much as I did not have the time. When I started painting again last year I realized how much I loved doing it and how much I had missed it, and now I paint almost every day. My sister pushed me to open an Instagram account to showcase my work (@nevi_paints), and when I started to receive lots of positive feedback I opened by NevisPaintingsShop on Etsy. Running this little shop is my part time job, and its something I love doing.

Painting of My Pink Chalcedony Hair Comb

Laura: What is one thing you want people to know about you, that they may not already know?
Nevila: Aside from the aforementioned fact that I’ve been painting since I was five, another thing people may not know is that I always personalize my orders. So you never know what else you might get when you order a painting from me! The best way to find out what those little customizations might be is to order something from my shop! 😉

Laura: What do you struggle with most when it comes to running your own business?
Nevila: Well, selling art it is not easy. Not many people buy art if the artists is not well known. You need to market yourself hard and find your niche before selling enough to make a living out of it. Not to mention some people want your art for free. haha
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Laura: What is one thing that comes really easy for you?
Nevila: Inspiration. I know that may be difficult for some people but I am easily inspired. I guess it is because I am surrounded with strong beautiful women all the time. I feel very motivated by the idea of inspiring others with my work.

 Laura: What aspect of your business is the most rewarding?
Nevila: The positive feedback I get from people for sure. When you see people appreciating what you do it is really rewarding and heartwarming. I love when I get pictures from my customers and when I read beautiful comments about my work. A lot of the positive feedback comes from other women and other business women and that makes me so happy, because women should support women! That is the only way!
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Nevila Also Sells Totes With Her Prints
Laura: How do you manage the stress and overwhelm of running your own business?
Nevila: Painting helps you to manage stress. So, I’m lucky in that the very work I do relaxes me. It means that whenever I feel stressed about my business, I’m compelled to keep working on it!

Who influences or inspires you the most in regards to your industry?
Nevila: I have so many people that I follow and inspire me. My number one influencer is Gustav Klimt (Austrian painter) who is my favourite. One illustrator that I love and inspires me also is Janice Sung. I love her style. But as I said before every strong woman inspires me.
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Laura: You have “a worthy brand,” I can see that, but why do you feel your brand is worthy? How do you remind yourself of your worth to continue building your business each day, how do you remind yourself, you are worth it!
Nevila: Thank you for this question…Sometimes it is hard to tell yourself that your brand is worth it. As I said paintings do not always sell, so sometimes you feel like what you do is not worth it. But then I think: I love what I do and my art inspires other women (and perhaps some men even!), and I’m grateful to be in that position.

 Laura: And last… if you could give new or struggling entrepreneurs one piece of advice, what would it be?
Nevila: Never give up on doing what you love! Now that I’ve put this into practice I’m probably the happiest I’ve ever been.
Photography by Nevila Muka

Thank you for sharing your story with us Nevila!  I’ve been lucky enough to have her paint a few of my accessories & I even have her prints in my studio space.  I’m so impressed with Nevila’s paintings as it’s something I just don’t have the talent to do.

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