Anne-Marie Zanetti
Brisbane, Australia
Oil Painter

Tell us a bit about the business that you are creating?

I’m passionate about building and developing my skills, creativity and profile as an artist. My aim is to create high quality, professional oil paintings for clients both locally and internationally.

What are your three core values in your working life right now?

Self-­awareness, Creativity, Discipline

What’s the hardest part of running a business from home?

The distraction of being surrounded by your everyday life and home issues The lack of accountability. It has to all come from within.

What’s the most rewarding part of running a business from home?

Making your own choices, decisions and deadlines
The ability to multi­task in completing your home commitments amongst your business ones (I can cook dinner and keep painting!)
I can go to work dressed however I like
The lack of accountability ­ it’s a bonus as well as being difficult

What fears did you have about starting your business?

In reality, I began painting because I loved it and it felt ‘right’ so what started as a hobby has basically grown, very organically, into my full-time business. I think my biggest hurdle was overcoming my self-doubt of ‘Am I good enough?’ but a lot of this fear was mitigated by the fact that it was a gradual evolution.

Of course, the lack of security and financial stability are ongoing concerns for any one running their own business.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned in running your home­ based business?

That if you turn up and do the hard work amazing possibilities open up.

How do you find the right balance between being a partner, wife or mother and running your business?

This one is tricky and I don’t think at the present time I do have the right balance! But I do think if you have an understanding of what the balance looks like and you’re honest with yourself then your intuition and your feedback from your surroundings keep you close to the midline.

On a scale of 1­-10 how much does your business light you up?

It’s a 10 out of 10 most days! There are always those times when this will be lower but if I’m purely painting and not attending to other parts of the business, then it’s a 10

In moments of doubt, how do you overcome it and lift yourself back up?

Doubt is something that afflicts me daily! I find that as long I remember that it hounds other people, just like me, and that I’ve managed to overcome it previously then I can move through it more easily. I also find walking every morning helps me to stay more focused and positive in my thought processing.

Who is your support crew if you have one?

My husband is an irreplaceable and integral part of my support network and my children and trusted friends come a close second!

What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve been given?

If you build a business around doing what you love it won’t feel like work at all! And as far as my core business is concerned that is absolutely true…I wake up most days looking forwarding to getting into my studio to paint!

Where do you find inspiration for your work?

I’m a very visual person and my immediate surroundings are definitely my biggest stimuli. The detail or perhaps the effect of light on an object really excites me as does vibrant colour. I also try to draw on my emotional energy and insights in the hope of transforming them into something beautiful and valuable on the canvas.


What sacrifices have you made?

Painting is a very solitary endeavour and I realised early on that to attain my desired level of expertise I would have to give up a lot of the normal social outings. Now, as an introvert, I enjoy my own company but I also love deep, fulfilling relationships with people outside my family unit and that ‘connectedness’ and community feeling is something I still struggle to maintain.
And obviously, there is always the financial sacrifice. My husband and I are both running our own businesses and the risks involved (as well as the excitement and satisfaction) are immeasurable!

Which of your personal traits are you most proud of?

My ability to focus and my patience ­ I am very determined and disciplined when I believe the cause is worthy of my attention. I’m also emotionally aware and empathetic and have found these traits to be invaluable in so many situations.

What do you still want to achieve on a personal level?

I have realised that the number of hours you commit directly relates to the outcome of your skill and I am therefore always aiming for that next level of expertise. I know I will always be in learning mode with this craft and that fuels my enthusiasm and wonderment.

What do you find most frustrating about your home workspace?

We did a renovation about 6 years ago to give me a studio at home which I love but unfortunately, I have quickly outgrown it. Because I paint such large scale works I have had to start overtaking some other areas of my house.

What’s your favourite thing about your home workspace?

The light! It’s a beautiful, bright, enticing space to create in.

Name one thing you can’t live without each day.

Chocolate!

Find out more about Anne-Marie you can find her at www.zanettiart.com