meet mary-catheryn of copper corners
WHO ARE YOU? TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF!
Hello! I'm Mary-Catheryn! I somehow juggle 3 kiddos under 5, a husband, a home, and a business. All on a daily basis!
WHAT DO YOU MAKE?
I create big paintings at my studio, Copper Corners.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED AS A MAKER?
Our little family had just moved to a new home and we had big empty walls. For a long time I searched and searched for something, ANYTHING, to fill them but nothing caught my eye nor my heart. Eventually I took matters into my own hands and went to the store to buy some paint and a canvas. This is how my cow was born. I created what I had been searching for. I would love to say that for years I studied and learned art at some prestigious exclusive art school, but my reality is that I come from a long line of humble artists and it simply runs in my blood.
WHAT MAKES YOUR PRODUCTS THE BEST?
I create exactly what I would want using the best materials. Every detail, even how I apply the shipping labels on boxes, is done to perfection. Quality artwork on canvas has been known to last around 500 years. This is how long I plan on my pieces being around.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR WORKSPACE!
Since I still have 2 kiddos at home, my studio is located in my home. Whenever my studio walls get filled, artwork spills out into the rest of the house, decorating every room. It works out great because we also have a barn where I hand-make all of my frames. And a "gift wrapping room" where I store canvases. I also use the basement/guest kitchen for packaging. Basically, my business has taken over the entire house, ha!
WELL US WHERE PEOPLE CAN FIND YOUR PRODUCTS?
My artwork can be found at CopperCornersArt.com (starting in February). We are renovating my website, so until it is up and running, I am on etsy as "Copper Corners". I also have a curated collection of artwork at PaintedFoxHome.com
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
I was a missionary kid, raised in Paraguay, South America. Currently I live in Michigan. A tad different.
WHAT HAS BEEN MAKING YOU EXCITED LATELY?
Opportunities. Collaborations. Seeing my business grow and grow much faster than I ever anticipated. Apparently people really appreciate blue and green cows and teal and brown horses. ;)
IF YOU COULD LEARN A NEW SKILL, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I have always wanted to try pottery! I can understand and read Portuguese and Italian but would love to learn to speak them fluently.
COFFEE OR TEA?
Oh man. I wish tea, but its coffee. And not much! Maybe a half a cup a day. Otherwise I get jittery and don't feel good. It's weird, ha!
ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?
Neither!!! I want to sleep in in the mornings and go to bed early! Is there a category for that???
WHAT DO YOU WATCH OR LISTEN TO WHEN YOU ARE MAKING?
Absolutely nothing. I like to work in complete silence. My house gets kind of crazy with 3 young kiddos running around, so when I get to paint, I like silence to center myself and really focus only on the artwork.
SHARE 5 FUN FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF.
- I am fluent in Spanish and have only ever spoken to my children in Spanish, since the day they were born.
- I met my husband when I was 9. We married at 19.
- I was a Spanish interpreter at a hospital for 10+ years. I did 400+ births. Always so special.
- I am a vegetarian (along with the rest of my family of 5), who goes back and forth with veganism. I just can't bring myself to eat what I paint on a daily basis.
- I can never remember how old I am. 32? 33? 34?