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Conversations with Zac Daley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Zac Daley.

Zac, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
While it’d be cool to say that my story begins from the moment I first picked up a pencil, that’s actually not really the way it happened. To start, I loved art growing up. Yet I never took any special art classes or private lessons. The only time that I got to experience my creativity was in my grade school art. It was great, but coloring everyday didn’t exactly fulfill me. Because my time with art was so limited, I got creative at home. I knew that I loved art at this point, but I didn’t really know why. I never felt that I could call myself a good artist either because I couldn’t paint or even drawing free-handedly. My true journey started during a time when all we could hope for was that the mask would go away and that we’d be able to go back to our daily lives tomorrow. Yes I am referring to COVID-19. I took this time of boredom and turned to something that I had never really expressed before. It was my ability to paint. So I guess something good did come out of quarantine. After a few paintings on paper canvas hahaha I realized that I wanted to do something with this. I took to instagram and eventually worked my way up to my very own etsy shop. Now zdaleyart is my life and I don’t know if I could live without it.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The biggest challenges that I face as an artist and small business owner is being busy, sometimes to the point where I am overwhelmed. Throwing a business on top of playing sports and school is a lot, but it is so worth it. Another challenge for me is my lack of confidence. I often feel bad charging people for my products because I sometimes feel that they are not worth it or that I am not even that talented of an artist. Determining prices is really hard. It has been a pretty smooth road in that I haven’t really gotten any bad reviews and I’m not in debt hahaha.

I do a lot of art customs! I think something that people appreciate about my art is that I get creative. There aren’t any boundaries. One thing that is great about being a self-taught artist is that the sky is the limit! Packaging orders is my favorite thing to do and I put so much care into each and every order because I appreciate my customers so much. Art takes away the stress whenever my day isn’t going well.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I do lots of art customs!! I like to get creative and do anything really. Lots of college dorm decor and unique gifts for others. I’m most proud of the basketballs that I’ve made.

I’m always exploring and trying to make people happy. Painting gives me a break from the stress of daily activities and takes my mind off things that can sometimes consume me.

The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
It was definitely hard not being able to see friends or being able to do the things we normally take for granted. Yet throughout the pandemic, I have learned to be so much more grateful for every chance you get to go out and do something fun and that life is a gift! It was also a bonding moment for my family. I highly recommend having back-up hobbies to fall back on when you’re bored or when you’re feeling down.

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