Winning #SBS on Twitter has been the most incredible boost to Lizzie Martell Illustration, not only to my Twitter feed, but in the great community support from other #SBS winners and the wider exposure on social media too!
#SBS is wonderful recognition for hard-working small business owners like myself, and I feel proud to be a new member of the #sbsfamily.
Back in 2016, I painted an enormous, bright, animal-themed watercolour painting for my little daughter for her first birthday. I painted all the things she loved, that made her happy. It looked beautiful. We both fell in love! I then began to paint to bring joy to other little people and big, grown-up ones too!
Lizzie Martell Illustration was launched officially in 2018. I sell high-quality Giclee art prints of my bright and colourful watercolour paintings of animals and the amazing natural world in my online Etsy UK shop at www.lizziemartell.com.
I simply love where I live in Boxmoor, near Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire and am proud to be connecting with and supporting local, and am grateful to stock my artwork in various independent small businesses on the high street near to where I live. I also sell my artwork at local fairs.
It’s wonderful meeting my customers and hearing their feedback in person - I especially love saying hello to the littlest customers and seeing their reaction to my artwork first hand. You can always rely on THESE customers to give the happiest and most truthful of reviews!
You have to really love what you do and put your whole heart behind your business. Painting brings me joy, and I've learnt that my love of painting and enthusiasm for what I'm doing can be infectious! So don't be afraid to put your face and name to something you really believe in.