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Life & Work with Janice Alexander

Today we’d like to introduce you to Janice Alexander.

Hi Janice, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
My oldest son and I started the business Artistic Angels Corporation in 2011. We started selling artwork online through Amazon and eBay and we still sell on both platforms today (artisticangelscorporation). We now sell on my website www.JaniceMarieAlexander.com. In the beginning years of the business, we struggled to make a profit until we started drop-shipping our artwork and added jewelry and handbags to our inventory. Now we have over 1000 items for sale and we are selling items daily. I have started a two years project, which I will share more about that is called: Embrace Diversity in America Art Project and this project embraces what I so passionately believe in and that is peace and love between all cultures and peoples. The artwork shows the beauty of diversity in our nation.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The main struggles that we had were in the beginning stages of the business when we were not selling artwork daily and money was tight. We had to make ends meet the best way that we knew how. We also struggled for 12 months during COVID 19 because we could not drop-ship items because the mail had slowed down so much due to COVID 19 that we could not drop-ship items.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
The mission of the Embrace Diversity in America Art Project is to contribute to the goal of reducing hate crimes in America and helping to unify our nation by bringing an artistic awareness to the beauty and blessings of multiculturalism. The culmination of this project will be a body of artwork consisting of twelve oil paintings to be exhibited through the Los Angeles Art Association and other venues and a video production showcasing and describing the artwork with a speech about the importance of embracing diversity in America by Janice Marie Alexander, which will be posted on Janice’s website, social media sites and distributed through all social media and business connections interested in promoting diversity in America. All donors will be given credit for their contributions in the exhibits and the video. This project will be created in Los Angeles, California with the help of an assistant, Brian Gerald Vaughn. Janice will create each of the twelve oil paintings depicting different races and cultures in America with the goal of presenting a beautiful body of artwork promoting diversity in America. Brian will build and maintain the project and Janice’s website, social media sites, set up exhibits and produce the project’s video. Janice has a master’s degree and 25 years of business experience in art, sales and marketing.

The two-year project will begin June 2021 and end May 2023. In 2019 there were over 7,000 hate crimes, and the largest crime category was murders. Hate crimes are directed at our differences in society and we all suffer when segregation occurs because of discrimination and especially when heinous crimes are the result of those differences. We all must do our part to embrace every culture and person in our society no matter what race, gender, religion, social status and sexual orientation they are. No one wants to be discriminated against, especially violently. The Embrace Diversity in America Art Project boldly steps directly into the realm of the controversial and political matters of diversity in America and takes a stand for the importance of embracing diversity to promote peace and harmony in our nation. Everyone in America deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. As a nation, we have come a long way in alleviating the suffering from discrimination, but we still have to press forward with acceptance and love toward all people until discrimination is no longer a part of our civilized nation.

So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
People can donate to the Embrace Diversity in America Art Project on my website: www.JaniceMarieAlexander.com. We also love in-kind donations of art supplies of any kind (oil paints, acrylic paints, canvases, brushes, desktop easel) to: Janice Alexander 720 S. Normandie Avenue Unit 510 Los Angeles, CA 90005 We also encourage people to go to the website and purchase artwork, which also supports the art project we are working on and/or go to eBay and lookup (artisticangelscorporation) and purchase artwork, jewelry or handbags or other items we sell like clothing and shoes.

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