We had the good fortune of connecting with Faith Lefever and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Faith, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Starting my own business came from the idea that I want to be the owner of my time, and ultimately to utilize all of my skills to the fullest. Having your own business is a lot of work, but it comes with a lot of freedom as well. Being an artist I can create art anywhere, and location freedom is important to me. Being able to go and visit friends and family, taking trips in general and being able to live anywhere has been an amazing experience for me.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I would say that I am where I am today because I have no resistance diving into a curiosity I might have, and learning new things, it is fun and exciting for me!
A large part of my business comes from commissioned oil paintings, and animation work. I have only been painting for 5 years, and animating for 2. People are always surprised to hear that I started painting when I was 30. With that said, I have aways surrounded myself with the arts since I was young. I started with music and playing piano at age 8, from elementary through high school and my first year of college I was immersed in music. I played multiple instruments; flute, saxophone, bass clarinet, bassoon, oboe, and percussion (marimba, drums, etc). After high school, and through my twenties I taught myself photography, lighting design, photo retouching and photo restoration. I’ve learned the art of stained glass and taxidermy through mentorships. Last year I published my first children’s book ‘Super Special”. In the last two years I have started doing traditional animation and recently collaborated with DTO and Doc.Peace and created an animated music video called ‘Solo, but not Alone’.
I have always been told that you should stick with one thing and master it, what I have found is that sticking with one thing is boring, and only leaves your tool box filled with a few tools. It might work for some but being disciplined in different mediums has filled my toolbox. This has grown my confidence and been the key to giving life to any idea a client might bring to the table.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When friends come to visit they usually come to get away from the city because I live in a rural mountain town about 2 hours from Denver. It’s quiet, secluded and the scenery looks like a Bob Ross painting. The only place I would take them to eat out at would be the “Otto’s Food Cart’ its a food truck on the main street and has the best food in Park County! I would also take them to the infamous ‘Al-mart’, a small general store that has kept its buildings historic charm (built in 1896).
We would spend time hiking different trails (some that start at our backdoor). We have a few 14ers near us as well, but sometimes the best places to hike to are the hidden gems only locals know about.
There would be a lot of delicious home cooked meals because I love to cook for my guests. Late nights staring at the stars, and time in our sauna!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There is one book that I have read that will always stand out for personal growth and success. “War of Art” by Steven Pressfield. It has a huge influence on me, the idea that your doubts and blocks are all connected to resistance. Knowing it by name, and understanding where it comes from and how it works, makes it easier to defeat.