Tell us a bit about yourself.
Hi… My name is Mindy Lacefield and I live near Little Rock, Arkansas with my husband and two pooches, Dudley and Cosmo. Dudly, my yorkie, is my studio assistant and is forever at my feet while I’m creating.
I initially started my degree program majoring in Marketing and completed my master’s degree in 2002. After struggling to find the perfect job, I decided I wouldn’t spend any more time in a job I was unhappy with and went into makeup artistry. This part of the journey, I feel, led me to a point that I had the courage to pick up a paint brush and put it to canvas.
I then attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, emphasizing in painting but only made it about two-thirds of the way through, deciding to focus on my Etsy business and follow my artistic dreams.
Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I love to run, although I’m on a bit of a hiatus due to some lingering injuries. I’ve taken up yoga in hopes that it’ll get me back in my running shoes soon.
I am in love with film… independent films, Disney films, and everything Tim Burton. Going to movies is the one thing my husband and I treat ourselves to at least once a week. I also like to go during the middle of the day by myself to get out of the house once in a while.
I collect dolls. I’m a child of the 80s and was totally smitten with Strawberry Shortcake and Rainbow Brite. What is better than a doll that smells sweet!?!?! Recently, I’ve been collecting dolls from an awesomely talented artist here on Etsy, BoopsieDaisy. They are simply divine and they even arrive on my doorstep smelling like they just took a swim in a billowy tub of cotton candy…!!!!
What first made you want to become an artist?
I think deep down I always wanted to be an artist but I never really felt worthy or had the courage to start. After working in makeup, I decided to try my hand at painting and fell in love. I quickly decided to go back to school and major in something I should have the first go around… ART!
Please describe your creative process.
The first step I take is preparing backgrounds for my paintings using found papers and gloss gel medium. The colors and images in the paper inspire the end product which is normally a girl, birdie, bunny, or a mixture of both. I love bright colors….my favorite being neon red. It looks so cute as a cheek and lip color. Canvas and wood boards normally serve as my support but I also love painting on wristlet bags (from Barrynicetextiles) and wood kokeshi dolls (from temple7e). I hardly ever sketch out my paintings beforehand, simply because I love the spontaneity of simply going with the flow and what moves me at the time. I’ve always been happier with a painting when I use spontaneous marks and decisions.
What handmade possession do you most cherish?
I have a hand-stitched red quilt that was handed down from my Granny from her mother. I sometimes sit and stare at the tiny stitches and am amazed at what she and women like her could do without the help of a sewing machine.
Name your top five books, movies, musicians, and websites besides Etsy.
I love, love, love Tim Burton, Stanley Kubrick and Alfred Hitchcock… matter of fact, the name of my shop was inspired by Tim Burton’s lovely red-haired lady… Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas. (plus my hubby’s name is Tim)… Hence Tim’s Sally.
A Clockwork Orange
What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?
I would say to create everyday and list new items frequently to your shop to keep it fresh. It took me three months on Etsy before I sold a single item, so I’d say to be persistent in reaching your dreams whether it be to make a good second income or to quit your day job.
What are your favorite features on Etsy? What new features would you like to see?
I would really like to be able to crop my photos after I’ve uploaded the images when listing new items.
How do you promote your work?
I blog, Facebook, Twitter, and I sell in a local market in the spring and summer. Flickr is also a good way to meet fellow artists and see really awesome work everyday.
In ten years, where would you like to be?
Healthy and painting everyday… oh and maybe a bit of travel thrown in.