Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in fine arts but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with James Gleeson, owner of James Gleeson Fine Art Services, located in San Francisco, CA, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

James Gleeson Fine Art Services features original artwork created by me, a San Francisco-based Artist and Teacher. I paint scenes of San Francisco in oil and watercolor. Prints and commissions are also available. My Studio gallery is located in the artistic Mission District of San Francisco, where I paint and teach individuals and groups. The studio gallery is located at 148 Precita Ave. San Francisco, CA, 94110.

Tell us about yourself

I have been practicing my art for 30 years. I got started drawing and painting in the same house that I live and work in now. My Uncle Daniel Gleeson was a well-known illustrator and taught me how to think and see like an artist. I have been drawing and painting from an early age in the same house, as my skill has been passed down through generations. I studied art at the Academy of Art University, where I now teach. I have been on the faculty there for 25 years, and I teach drawing. I have a natural love of San Francisco and the people and places I see. I love the unique, often overlooked aspects of the City. I paint local scenes and work on commissions as well as do illustration work for many publications Nationwide. My fine art painting has won National awards, and I have exhibited my paintings in the US and Europe.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

I am proud to say I work with the people of my neighborhood as an artist and teacher, and my work makes others happy. It is very gratifying to know people like what I do as much as I like doing it.

What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?

I find it challenging to master some of the financial aspects of business, such as taxes and inventory.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Do something you like to do.
  2. Be organized and follow the rules.
  3. Listen to what other people say.

Where can people find you and your business?


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