My name is Marina and my Etsy shop is marina826.
When did you start your Etsy shop?
I opened my shop on September 23, 2010.
What is the story behind your business name?There is a very simple story behind the business name. Marina826 is the first part of my e-mail address. I don't remember why it is 826, but I got used to these numbers. So, I added them to my first name to distinguish myself from other "
What do you sell?I sell my original paintings and drawings mostly, but have some prints, dolls, and painted rocks. I prefer to create images of people.
How did you get into your craft?I have been drawing and painting all my life. At 11 years of age, I entered a children's art school. After that, I entered an art college and then a graduate school. I hold an MFA degree. I have a studio where I mostly work with oil on canvas.
I found out about Etsy in 2010 and decided to try selling my small paintings and graphic works there. I love the Etsy community, love to discover wonderful artists and visit their shops. It gives me a feeling of special global artist solidarity and feeds my inspiration.
In May I will be participating in the Bay Area (
California) Open Studio event for the first time. So, I will be busy these upcoming months in my studio preparing for this event. I would like to show my new series of small paintings that has a current unconfirmed name of "Man Playing". Maybe some smaller drawings and paintings from this series will be on Etsy.