We caught up with the brilliant and insightful Christine Rennie a few weeks ago and have shared our conversation below.
Christine , thanks for taking the time to share your stories with us today Risk taking is something we’re really interested in and we’d love to hear the story of a risk you’ve taken.
At 6 years old I discovered my passion, painting. I’ve loved creating and making as long as I can remember. Most of my childhood memories consist of joy filled days spent paint brush in hand. After completing high school I found myself pressured into perusing a career. Society as a whole pushes you to earn a degree, find a job, settle down and work. With this, I perused a career in nursing. After marring my husband and settling into being a stay at home mom of our two beautiful daughters, I found myself again, paint brush in hand. This feeling, this calling, is my heart. I truly believe I was called to create. After 14 years of embracing my passion I’ve shown at multiple gallery exhibits across the county. Have sold numerous paintings to collectors around the world. I spend each and everyday creating and making not only for myself but for the joy my work brings to others.
Christine , love having you share your insights with us. Before we ask you more questions, maybe you can take a moment to introduce yourself to our readers who might have missed our earlier conversations?
I am a Richmond, VA based fine artist. I use ink, oil and acrylic paints to create one of a kind works of art for collectors.
I also create palette paint heirloom silhouettes. from children to pets, palm trees, and livestock. I can create almost anything from a photograph.
Have you ever had to pivot?
Absolutely! Before Covid, I was anti-social media. All of my work was sold in art galleries. Traditional shows, exhibits and openings, email blast.
When the world shut down I was forced to pivot to social media (mainly Instagram) to sell my artwork.
In 2020 I set up @clrennieart on Instagram and used Instagram shopping as a retailer for my artwork. Thanks to Instagram shopping, most of my work is sold on social platforms and shipped directly to the client.
We’d love to hear the story of how you built up your social media audience?
The best advice I can give as a social media artist/manager is be yourself! Your followers “your people” want the real you! Post bits of your work, process, and engage! Connect with other accounts that have similar niche and engage with them. We all rise by lifting others. I’ve learned it has never harmed anyone by helping or encouraging others.