Faces of Fairfax City: Astrid's Art Studio (full video)
What is art? Merriam-Webster defines it as “something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful.” For Plato, art is an inadequate imitation of nature, and for Leo Tolstoy, it is a form of communication. But for Georgia O’Keeffe, it is the creation of beauty and harmony. Art means different things to different people.
For Astrid Reeves, a doctor of pharmacy turned bookkeeper turned artist, art is happiness and contentment. In everyday items, Astrid sees beautiful colors and delightful inspiration. She puts those colors to canvas, and with her unique style and vision, she creates beautiful abstract works of art. She is happy when working on her paintings, and hopes that others will find enjoyment and relaxation viewing her works.
Despite the pandemic, Astrid’s Art Studio opened on January 18, 2022. The artwork on display in her studio is whimsical, colorful yet serene, and fascinating. Because it is abstract, it’s open to interpretation and each person will see something different in her paintings.
Take a look for yourself in her new studio and on her website!
Read more about the artist and entrepreneur, Astrid Reeves, below.
Tell us a little about Astrid’s Art Studio.
I’m an artist. I’m self-taught. Several years ago I decided to get back into making art after many years of doing other things! I’m really enjoying it and I’ve been painting ever since! I like to create fun and colorful abstract paintings in acrylic. I paint on canvas and wooden panels and my paintings are always archival quality. I sell originals and prints of my artwork on my website at astridsartstudio.com. About a year ago I decided to start my art business and that’s when I opened my studio.
What is the mission of Astrid’s Art Studio?
My mission is to uplift and bring people together with my art. Art knows no boundaries. Anyone from any background can enjoy it and communicate with it and in that moment forget their troubles. In that way, I can help make the world a better place.
What are the products and/or services Astrid’s Art Studio offers?
I offer original paintings and prints of my paintings. I am available for commissions. I also plan on offering other merchandise, cups, etc with my artwork on it in the near future. Once things have opened up again, I plan on opening my studio one Saturday per month so people can meet me in person and see my work. Plus I’ll be having giveaways starting soon! Stay tuned! I’ll be announcing them on my social media. Links down below.
What makes Astrid’s Art Studio unique in Fairfax City?
My products are unique because they’re made by me! I’m inspired by things around me and my unique vision that I translate onto the canvas. You get to see life from my perspective. I see beauty in the world around me and I want others to see the same thing through my paintings.
What is something you would love Fairfax City residents and visitors to know about Astrid’s Art Studio?
That I love this area and I’m excited to be opening my art studio here in the heart of the historical district. I’m excited to be participating in local art shows and other activities in the city and I hope to meet lots of people and brighten the area with my art!
What inspired you to open your business in Fairfax City?
When I first went looking for an office space for my bookkeeping and tax business almost 7 years ago, I answered an ad for an office in Fairfax City. I fell in love with the historical feel of the city. I love the buildings and how so many of them were once residential and are now converted to offices. That, to me, shows the growth of small businesses here. Plus, my office doesn’t feel like an office. I can open my windows and bring the outside in. You can’t do that in a regular office building. I’ve looked around and you can’t easily find that anywhere else.
What do you love most about running your own business?
I love the control I have over my own destiny. There’s freedom in that but there’s also a lot of responsibility and it’s not always easy. I work hard to create my success and it’s very rewarding to see the fruits of my labor. At the end of the day, I can say, “I did that!”
Do you have any advice for new business owners?
Yes! I would advise you to participate in local networking events to get to know other business owners in the area and likewise, they can get to know you. It really helps to grow and you can help others grow too. Get yourself out there! Networking is a powerful thing. It really helps to build a sense of community. We’re all in it together!
How can people follow you on social media?
My website: https://www.astridsartstudio.com/