Updated: Aug 20, 2021
I was beyond thrilled to be contacted by my absolute hero, the brilliant, Holly Tucker to create the prize for a competition she ran to celebrate independent Shops reopening in the UK following the corona virus lockdown.
Holly founded @notonthehighstreet and now focuses her awesome creative energy into sharing her wealth of knowledge to inspire other creatives to turn their passions into good life businesses through @holly.co
“darling Will of @LilianMayStudio, the man behind this clever painting 🖌 and, quite frankly, just one of the nicest souls. You know when you can just feel it?
Which is why I'm thrilled to be working with him on a special little something for one special shop owner!
This weekend I'll be flicking through all of your #ANationofShopkeeper pics 📸 (make sure you've used the hashtag and tagged me in the so I can see them) and choosing my favourite to... drum roll please.... have their shop portrait (is that the right way to say it??) painted by talented @LilianMayStudio!.”
-Holly Tucker via her wonderful Instagram page @hollytucker
The wonderful creative small business that won Holly's prize was @woolbath so it was my pleasure to paint Laura's beautiful shop front! I was thrilled that she seemed really pleased with her prize.
I should say, what a shop! A beautiful Bath sand stone shop front - it was a delight to paint!
Every single time I've been lucky enough to work with Holly and the Holly@Co team has been a dream!
Without Holly knowing she has been the mentor that has inspired me to create what I have. Her words during a SME SOS podcast, during the first year of the LILIAN MAY STUDIO, where she said "are you dreaming big enough?!" had such a huge impact on me! Also I can't tell you how many times her Conversations of Inspiration podcast where Holly talks to other entrepreneurs about their business journey, has kept me going while things have been tough!
That's not the only reason that working with Holly and the team is such a delight, the energy and creativity that just emanates from them all is something else! Truly wonderful and totally infectious!