Local artist taking small steps in big career

Published: Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 09:20 AM.

On a rainy Saturday in July, Rish made her artistic debut at the Salt Air Farmer’s Market. She was armed with 15 prints of the painting, postcards, and a lot of hope.

On this particular day, weather kept many of the normal patrons away from the popular gathering area at the City Commons.

Rish reported feeling “discouraged” by the weather, but after an hour, the rain cleared up and soon the patrons made their way to the market. Within an hour, the prints and postcards had sold out.

“People really enjoyed it,” Rish said of the response to her work.

Now the artist stays fully stocked on prints with assistance from Steve Kerigan at Coast2Coast printing and has planned to open a bank account specifically for her earnings that she can put toward attending art school after graduation.

Rish said that she had been painting since the age of eight when her father gave her a basic watercolor set and found inspiration all around her.

“I would look at things and notice how cool it looked and I would want to replicate it,” she said.

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