February 10, 2017
Let’s hear it for the locals is a monthly blog post featuring other small, local businesses in the Raleigh/Durham area. I recently have had a desire to use my business as a platform to help other small businesses like myself flourish! Did you know that about 50% of businesses fail during the first year in business? The reason Cor Photography is where it is today is because of people who have advocated for me. To be an advocate means to support or publicly recommend someone. I want to be an advocate towards other small, local businesses and this month we have the fabulous Linda Dion! Linda is an artist and calligrapher located in the South Raleigh area. She teaches full time and runs her business on the side! You go Linda! I’m proud to feature her and her work on my blog this month! Check more of her work out here:
What’s your business name and where did you get the inspiration from?
As an artist, I wanted to my business to reflect my name, but because my maiden name was so common, I chose to go with Linda Creative. I felt that it reflected what I wanted to offer – a range of creative projects and commissions.
When did you start your business?
I started my business in 2014 with the encouragement from friends who admired my work. When I painted wedding venues for my clients, it branched into paintings of pets and homes. I love pieces of art with sentimentality.
Where is your business located?
My business is just south of Raleigh, as I work out of my home in Fuquay Varina.
It’s Friday night and you can do anything. What do you do?
If I could go to Iceland to see the Northern Lights, I would definitely do that. Otherwise, my favorite nights are those spent with my husband cooking dinner, undertaking home projects or watching the latest and greatest Netflix series (I can’t wait for Stranger Things in October!).
What’s your favorite thing you love about your job?
I am a teacher by day and love the extrovertedness, quick pace of lessons and investigating scientific concepts. Painting, on the other hand, allows me to lean into my own quiet space. It’s a reflective time when I slow down and think of the light filtering through windows, the breeze through the grass, the silent moments we all have and unknowingly cherish when we feel at home and at ease. Writing has always been an inherent love of mine, and the deliberateness of calligraphy forces you to think about every word you want to communicate. I love the opportunity to capture that in a piece of artwork for my clients.
If you had to sneak candy into the movie theater what would it be?
Junior Mints, hands down. But anything dark chocolate is a close second.
What sets your business apart?
Clients that seek me out have a connection to the style that I capture their memories in. Because of my scientific nature, I can be very precise and detail oriented on some aspects, but then play with things like shadows or foliage. With calligraphy, I find a strong connection of words to emotion and believe that little acts of kindness speak great volumes.
What are your dreams for your business in the future?
I would love to expand into doing signs and more stationery work in the future, but I’m so in love with painting homes that I hope that I can continue to do that as long as I am able to.
What’s your favorite Netflix show to binge watch?
My husband knows that anytime I am watching Netflix, it’s a 75% chance that it is Gilmore Girls. Life’s short – talk fast.