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  • Major BFA, Studio Art & Art History Minor, Spanish
  • Work history Artist/Owner for Pavia Justinian Fine Art, LLC

What do you do on a day-to-day basis?

I create art! I build life-sized and smaller sculptures, create sculptural paintings, paint murals and create commissioned artworks for patrons. I film my process and make YouTube videos for my channel, and post my progress and new artwork for sale on my website and social media.

My time at CMU helped me identify what type of art I wanted to create. I tried lots of different things and took elements I liked from different artistic processes and put them together into my own style which I have continued to refine after graduation. Creating artwork under the scrutiny of professors and fellow students was a gauntlet that ultimately gave me the confidence to create art without worrying about what anyone else thinks of it.

What was your transition like from being a student to your career position?

After I graduated, I spent several years working in medical offices and saving as much money as possible. During this time I made art when I could and had some success with networking, exhibits and sales. Four years ago, my boyfriend convinced me it was time to make the leap into being a full-time artist! I lived off of my savings for a while until my business grew, and I've been able to grow my business more and more each year.

What do you think set you apart from the other applicants for your current position?

I started my own business, but when I apply for art shows I am often selected. I think I have an edge because I always follow the application instructions carefully and check my work for errors. Artists are often perceived as being unreliable or "flaky", but I have gained a reputation of being easy to work with. I am friendly, thorough and proactive - and I always follow through.

What advice would you give to incoming students?

Follow your dreams and work hard to achieve your goals. Don't let anyone tell you you can't make money doing what you love. You might not become a millionaire, but if you work hard, keep at it, and think twice about every dollar you spend you can make a living doing anything you're passionate about! 

Check out Pavia's Artwork. 

Published 2/26/2020

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