I've been artistic all my life...Doodling in the corners of my notebooks in school; copying cartoon characters from the funny pages on Sunday mornings; working on perfecting my handwriting as I wrote in journals, making up stories and poems; creating handmade cards for friends and family. As far back as I remember, I could get lost in time when I was creating.
I was fortunate to have supportive parents and a series of inspiring art teachers. One very special high school art teacher introduced me to the art of Calligraphy. This fine art gave me a newfound dexterity with writing instruments. That caught the attention of the drafting teacher, who encouraged me to get a job as a drafter the summer before college. I had so many teachers who positively motivated me, I was sure I wanted to go to college to be an art teacher.
Armed with drafting experience and a college degree in Advertising Design, I got an opportunity to follow in my dad’s footsteps and became a drafter, which eventually led to a career in Architecture. Creating working drawings by hand fulfilled my desire to spend my time with pencil in hand. It was a meticulous and rewarding career and I had a successful Residential Design business that provided a creative service that was customized to my clients' needs. The most fun I had was creating artistic renderings of homes I had designed in a variety of housing communities.
When we moved to Orlando and my sons were in school, 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. Now that I get to teach Calligraphy classes, and create pieces of art that inspire and tell a story, 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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