Sharka Marvilla

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Where and what did you study and what year did you graduate?
Bachelor of Visual Arts, 1992, James Cook University.

Where did you head after graduating?
After graduating I worked as a contracted graphic designer and completed private art commissions.

When did you launch your own business?
In 1998.

What motivated you to start your own business?
I wanted the control and flexibility that owning your own business allows and also to create my own destiny.

How would you describe your business to someone who didn’t know you?
I’m an artist specialising in corporate art and private 2D based commissions.

How would you describe the products you design to someone who hadn’t seen them?
My art style ranges from abstract to realism depending on the brief. Mediums vary from oils, acrylics, charcoal, ink across to print media. The aim is to capture the visual essence the client is trying to convey in a piece of art.

What are the most challenging parts of being a designer running a small business?
At first, I was listening to too many other peoples opinions instead of sticking to my own path, being very clear, doing everything on my own and making my own decisions.

What are the next steps for you?
I am at crossroads where I am chosing between creating my own brief as an artist and exhibiting further, or creating art for private commissions. My target market wont change its how I sell my service and product.

Published 14 July 2008.

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