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Justin Erickson Art
Justin started Justin Erickson Art in 2017. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on Justin Erickson Art?
I was born and raised in a small farming community in rural Alberta. As you can imagine there isn’t a lot to do out there. My interest in drawing and painting started when I could first hold a pencil. I would draw the cattle or the wildflowers, and the bugs I found. Eventually, my skills got pretty good.
After graduating I struggled with the idea of finding a career. I don’t think any of us really knew what we wanted at such a young age.
I ended up leaving the farm for Edmonton. I went to college there to study Business with a focus on hospitality and after job jumping for a few years I discovered It was crushing my soul.
I had been painting in my spare time and I would showcase my work at local events. I had a bit of a lightbulb moment during one of those events and decided I wanted to go back to college and study something creative. That’s when I discovered graphic design and digital illustration.
Afterward, my art career started to take shape.
Despite the starving artist myth. I began to consider a creative career as possible. I started to develop my brand. I picked up photography and started documenting my process and I started taking proper product photos etc. It elevated my work from a hobby to something professional.
When I wasn’t working on my brand I would design logos, brochures, and other collateral for clients. Without really realizing it I was creating my portfolio. I was discovering what kind of work I enjoyed.
Eventually, I was earning just as much through my art as I was at my day job. I got courageous and decided to leave my day job. I’ve been an independent artist since.
Contributors to this article:
- Pat Walls, Founder @ Starter Story
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