I've been creating all my life. As a child, I would spend hours on
Sunday mornings, drawing one character from each of the Funny Pages,
thinking that one day I would be a cartoonist.
As far back as I can remember, I've written and doodled in journals and
developed a love of creating my own lettering styles. I was fortunate to
have supportive parents, friends and family that encouraged me to create.
Most of my friends and family members have cards or drawings that I have
given as gifts. I had a series of inspiring art teachers and one very special
high school art teacher introduced me to the art of Calligraphy. That set
the backdrop for the kind of art I have I enjoyed creating the most.
By the end of high school, I knew that I wanted to be an art teacher so that
I could provide inspiration and encouragement to students who aspired to
create. I chose, instead to get a degree in Advertising Design, with the idea
that it would be a more prosperous career path. Upon college graduation, I
got an opportunity to follow in my dad’s footsteps and became a drafter and
that eventually led to a career in Architecture. Creating working drawings
by hand, before CAD was required, fulfilled my desire to spend my time
with pencil in hand.
Becoming a mom and having the ability to work from home gave me the
benefit of creating a space that allowed me to step away from the domestic
responsibilities and maintain a successful Residential Design business.
That business reinforced my inclination to be self-employed and to
provide a creative service to people that was customized to their needs.
For years, I worked in the retail industry. My creativity was awakened as I
was made responsible for the merchandising of gifts and whimsical
mass-produced items. I realized a need of many of the customers for
hand-made and personalized gifts and I began building my own business*
providing custom lettering and calligraphy services. When I was given
the opportunity to teach Calligraphy classes, I see this as a full-circle
creative path, a manifestation of a dream that started from childhood, the
dream that God created me for!
*The name Beautiful Way Designs came about to honor my Italian
maiden name, Bellavia. The English translation is beautiful way,
and my artist name is “Bella.")
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