My name is Amanda Hard I am a local artist based out of Maine. I create empowering paintings of abstract women, to uplift and bring self-empowerment. My paintings are inspired by women, from all over the world, all walks of life! My paintings are for the young, old, weak, bold, regardless of their strengths, color, gender, and orientation. ALL women are my inspiration! Growing up as a female in this world has its challenges. I felt like there was always an image of who or what a “girl” should be. I always wanted to be able to relate and reflect on the struggles and beauty women hold within themselves. Women are so beautiful independent and articulate! I wanted to express a women’s life, journeys, passions, love, loss, failures, strengths, the ups the downs, careers, backgrounds! We are different colors, shapes, sizes, and so much more!
This was the inspiration that led me to start my “Girl Series”. I started creating paintings when I was going into college trying to figure out who I was as a woman. I wanted women to have a chance to relate and admire different parts of who they are, as I did while embracing who I was and I am as a woman. My mission is to give everyone a chance to escape through my paintings. I wanted to share as much as I could with everyone around me, so I started printing my images and “Girl Series” on Art prints, home decor, accessories, and apparel for women to incorporate their “Girl” in their day to day lifestyle. From beach towels, pillows, handbags, to make up purses, backpacks, coffee mugs, and so much more! So whichever lifestyle and type of girl you are, you are my inspiration!
What or Who inspired you to start your business?
My Brother. He’s always told me to put my art online, I out it off for so many years not listening to my big brother, but one day I LISTENED! I never knew or thought people would enjoy my artworks so much! He’s always supported me and pushed me to share my art with the world. I couldn’t do it without his knowledge, guidance, support and brotherly love.
How do you develop Key partnerships?
Stay in touch! Always keep communication open and prompt. Balance your partnerships out with partners that balance with you.
How did you get funded or what creative strategies did you use to execute on minimal cash flow?
Budgeting! It’s not easy! Especially being a girl! We want the latest fashion, makeup, and lifestyle trends, but when running a business you have to make a budget and only spend what’s necessary. Help fund your passion and business and in the end, your business will help fund you.
What habits helped make you successful?
Staying Constant. Keep going. Be persistent.
How do you distinguish yourself from your competitors?
I feel like everyone has their own individuality. I don’t look at others as competitors. I just look at them to learn, grow and build my own business!
What was your biggest mistake?
Not listening to my brother and starting earlier! (He’d be smiling reading this!)
How do you deal with failure and how do you learn from failures?
I don’t believe in the would Failure. If it’s not in the cards for me at that time then I keep going, keep moving forward and keep growing. If you stop to think you are failing it will distract you from prospering!
What was unexpected when you started your business?
The amount of love, support, and interest in my art! It’s a surreal feeling!
What did you learn?
So much! I’m constantly learning!
What would you have done differently?
Since starting my business I wouldn’t have done anything differently. I’ve learned from everything I’ve done. Whether it was beneficial or not I learned what to do and what not to do. Without making mistakes you can’t learn and grow from them.
How can you minimize the unknowns?
What advice would you give inspiring entrepreneurs?
Give it time!! People want instant success, but it takes time, patience and perseverance.
What does it mean to live a Designed Life?
A life defined by your passion. Waking up every day and going to work for yourself, knowing you can provide for your family through your love of work.
What impact do you want to have on the world or change you’d like to see?
I’d like to bring into this world self-love, Inspiration, and smiles. There’s so much complication in this word, I just want to keep it simple and enjoyable.
Describe yourself in one word?
What habits and mindsets made you successful?
Stay Positive. Never Give Up. Make healthy choices that will make you prosper, physically and mentally.
Where does your passion come from?
What makes you smile?
Seeing people enjoying my art. Bringing happiness and empowerment into people’s lives!
Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner?
Describe your happy place
What makes you Unique?
We are all unique individuals. I am ME and that’s what makes me Unique!
How are you living out loud?
Through my Art and Empowering others!
What drives you?
My family, my friends, and the people around me.
Instagram business page – @pennyprints4you
Instagram artist page– @misspennyprintss
Facebook– Penny Prints
Website – www.penny-prints.com