Featured Artist: Sarah Roberson of The Redheaded Camel
If you suddenly found yourself with a broken back at 16 years old and saw that your competitive dance days were over, how would you overcome it? Sarah Roberson of The Redheaded Camel turned her pain into paintings and now, has found incredible success as a lettering artist who creates handpainted happiness every single day.
She attended our Conference in the Spring of 2018 and returned again in the Fall, and the growth she has seen this year as a both outwardly with her business and intrinsically as an entrepreneur as she continues to move her business forward has been absolutely amazing to watch.
We were blessed to partner with Sarah to create the design currently available on a print and a t-shirt for our Hurricane Michael Relief Fundraiser that is currently taking place and so today, we wanted to share a little more about her with you.
Read on below to learn more about this lettering artist!
Do you consider yourself a maker, an artist, or a designer, or a mix of them all?
I consider myself to be an artist, a maker, AND a designer! I was actually thinking the other day about how perfectly the SCF umbrella fits my story. As an artist, I create original, hand-painted designs for people to display in their most sacred spaces. However, I also consider myself a maker, since I use my two hands to create every item in our shop! As a designer, I develop new ideas and bring them to life both on screens and in physical products. I love that I am a little bit of everything when it comes to being a creative!
Where do you draw inspiration from, and what do you most like to create?
I love classic colors and patterns - things that are timeless and won't go out of style. For me, those sources of inspiration give me opportunities to create art that will stand the test of time and last for many years to come in the spaces of those who cherish it. I love working with acrylic paint and adore the way that layers of paint can create an incredible texture when a piece is finished.
My favorite things to paint are words and flowers! With words, I get to be focused and precise and give serious attention to details... but with flowers, I can just have fun and go with wherever the piece leads. Pairing those two concepts together has created my unique style and is something that I think I'll still love ten years from now!
How did you learn to do what you do now?
I broke my back when I was sixteen years old during a competitive dance event. I suddenly had eight or nine hours of free time every week after school and on weekends, and I had no idea what I was supposed to do with it! My sweet mama bought me a pack of 11 x 14 canvases and a few bottles of paint and the rest is history.
I was really, really bad at first. In high school, friends of my parents would order things from me because I was the girl with the broken back and sad story. During the dawn of Pinterest and social media, I taught myself how to paint, how to hand-letter, and even how the basics of graphic design. Eight years later, I use these skills every single day and get to call it my job!
What is one of the favorite pieces you have created?
Choosing one of my favorite pieces ever is such a tough job. My work is constantly evolving, because I am constantly learning and growing as an artist, so I look at each piece of art as an opportunity to grow more! I recently took some time to paint just for fun - which doesn't happen that often anymore. The finished piece, a 24 x 24 beauty, encompasses my whimsical style but also showcases my love of classic patterns. There is nothing better than stripes and florals, y'all!
What is a highlight of your year so far?
2018 has brought so many blessings - again, it's so hard to choose just one thing! I had the privilege of designing my first wedding collection for a client which was a total treat. From start to finish, I had so much fun working on something so outside my comfort zone and taking the descriptions from emails and meetings and using them to create tangible pieces that the bride and her sweetheart will cherish for decades to come.
What has your journey since attending the Creative Founders Conference looked like?
I attended my first Creative Founders Conference in April 2018 and was empowered by so many of the stories, women, and opportunities that were presented both at the conference and afterwards! I took the leap and quit my full time job in September 2018 - less than eighteen months after graduating from college. I am so excited to see how my journey as an entrepreneur and an artist will continue to grow and change with the opportunity to pursue my dream full time!
How has the Society for Creative Founders continued to shape your path?
As a member of the Creative Founders Community, I am constantly provided with support and encouragement from other friends who are "in the trenches" with me. We're all doing our own things, but are there to support and cheer each other on, which has been a tremendous gift to me as a business owner. As a serious introvert and homebody, working for myself can often get a little lonely! Having the Community to seek out for advice, input, and even just friendships is such a gift.
Do you have a favorite memory from your experiences with Creative Founders?
I have loved all of my experiences with SCF and look back so fondly on all the opportunities I have had since attending! I think my favorite memory is from my second conference experience in October 2018. Having opportunities to sit on a beautiful back porch with a view of the ocean chatting with friends who "get it" about business and life is such an incredible blessing and a memory I will always cherish!
If you could offer ONE piece of advice to a fellow creative entrepreneur, what would it be?
Do your own thing! It is so easy to look at what others are doing and say, "I think I'll try that." When you intentionally choose to stay in your lane and do what you do that no one else can, you will have so much more success and be much more fulfilled as a creative. Keep doing what you do best and keep your eyes on your own paper!
Sarah, thank you so much for sharing everything above, and we loved learning more about you! As we shared at the beginning, Sarah is our Featured Artist for our Hurricane Michael Relief Fundraiser that is currently taking place, and we would love your support! If you would like to receive a digital print or a shirt with Sarah’s lettering on it for our loved state of Florida, please consider donating to help to raise funds needed to help those affected by Hurricane Michael.
Sarah Roberson is a sprinkle-loving, joy-filled believer that our words can change the world. She creates colorful and happy art and home decor that inspires women in all seasons of life to live joyfully and celebrate often. When she's not creating, you can find Sarah baking a batch of homemade cookies, traveling with her better half, or curled up on the sofa with a good book.