We had the good fortune of connecting with Elizabeth Eleanor Davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elizabeth Eleanor, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
Creating makes me happy. When I am working on an artistic endeavor, I feel a fulfillment that this is my place in the world. To create and share what I create with others is my role in society. It feels incredibly rewarding to use my imagination to come up with an idea, and then execute that idea with my own two hands. Having the privilege to sit alone in my studio and work gives me a focus that I do not experience during any other activity. When someone connects with what I create, I feel elated and like I have done my job, done what I have set out to do. That in turn, encourages me to create the next project and the next and so on. Other things that make my happy, that bring me true joy are my wonderful husband, my dog, music, friends, and laughter. I am a big believer in finding your tribe, like minded people who celebrate and encourage one another, and I feel lucky to have found that.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I enjoy the dualism in my art. I enjoy being able to offer dark and sometimes moody pieces, and also light and whimsical scenes. I like to elicit a sense of wonder or beauty in some pieces, and just try and make people smile with others. I feel that is what makes my art stand out. I am fortunate in that I have the support of my husband to explore and experience the freedom of being independent in my art. It isn’t always easy. Some times there are side hustle gigs, part time jobs, disappointing art shows, and some tears. But there are also a lot of successes along the way. It takes a lot of patience, time, focus, and determination to build an audience and connect with people. I just try and keep at it, keep learning, keep growing. I read, listen to other creatives, listen to podcasts, and participate in collectives to try and expand my artistic journey.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Living in Orlando, Florida, you think the first place I would take an out of state guest would be the theme parks. While, yes, we do have some of the biggest tourist destinations in the world, and they are worth a visit, there are other parts of my city I love as well. I love visiting Lake Eola in downtown Orlando. It is a pretty park filled with public art and beautiful swans. I enjoy hanging out in our Mills 50 District, filled with independent bars and eateries with some of the best food in the city. Finally, I would suggest partaking in some of the arts scene we are lucky to have in this city. From world renowned choral societies, to theaters and festivals, and the ballet, Orlando’s arts scene is robust and has something to offer anyone.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I learned a lot about marketing and self promotion in the creative world through Becca Basic at Rock Your Rebellion Marketing for Photographers. While her group focuses on photography marketing, much of the tips and techniques she shares is relevant to all sorts of creative industries. It has been a wonderful community for like minded people to share ideas. I also belong to my own private little art collective we call Goth Church. We gather a few times a year to discuss sore points in our business, share our struggles and successes, and try and assist each other with creative ideas and paths forward. There is also wine, laughs, games, and comradery to be had as well. I am fortunate to have such a lovely resource and friendships there.
All pics by Elizabeth Eleanor Davis