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Yes, we’ve all had the cautionary stereotype of the starving artist drilled into us. Is it possible to make money from painting? Nope. Could we earnestly pursue being a novelist? Probably not. The image of some hungry human working away in some dank studio apartment has been forever etched into our minds – and has probably been enough to convince you that your creative pursuits ain’t worth, well, pursuing.

Enter, Faye Fresta. She’s a 21-year-old painter/the mind behind @floraleeart who’s well on her way to proving that you can, in fact, turn your artistic side hustle into an income generating machine.

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Fresta’s used any blank surface as a canvas since a young age, which has evidently geared her up to take on her present endeavours/prove that you can legit make money from painting. Her obvious skill, in addition to cottoning on to how powerful social media can be for those wanting to expose their work to the masses, has seen her business steadily grow since its inception. If you’re keen to hear more about how she’s pulling it off, then we highly recommend copping some of her sage wisdom by watching the video below:

This Young Artist Customises Paintings Just For You

Total eclipse of the art: check how Faye Fresta of Floraleeart customises her paintings for y'all.

Posted by pedestrian.tv on Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Yep, leveraging the knowledge that consumers are chasing something ~bespoke~ has been a great way for her to make money from painting. If you can hone in on an insight like this, develop your skills through further education, then you’ll be well on your way to getting that cash money. And sure, money shouldn’t be your only motivation for chasing your dreams. If you do what you love then you won’t work a day, etc. But living off two-minute noodles ain’t exactly an idealistic outcome, no matter which way you spin it.

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