Annie Bailey Art Artist Hattie Rex Hattie +Co Gift Bozeman Montana Handmade 
Where's home?
Home is in Billings, Montana.

What do you make?
I make fine art prints, wood art blocks, and I take photographs of Montana and other Western states. 

Where do you create?
I work in my home studio, which is decorated with things I love and find inspiring.  I love to wake up, fix a cup of coffee and get to work everyday.  

What else have you done, other than being an artist?
I’ve worn a lot of hats.  My first job was working at my grandma’s small-town grocery store in high school.  I then worked as custom rug designer in for a showroom in Denver, Colorado.  I have also worked as an interior designer and have a BA in Interior Design.  As of now, I am a graphic designer, photographer, and artist.  I find that combination the best, and never boring.  

What inspires you?
Other artists definitely inspire me, and get the wheels turning.  I see something beautiful and well done and it inspires me to keep experimenting and thinking to make own work better.  I grew up on a ranch here in Montana, so I spent most of my time as a kid outside, and I still find connecting with nature to be the most uplifting way to spend the day, and to be refreshed for a work day.  

What's the hardest thing about being an artist?
Deciding how to spend your time.  Working for myself has been absolutely the hardest and best thing I’ve decided to do.  It’s tricky to balance basic business needs with time to create new work.  I’m still working out the kinks there, but I like a good challenge!  

How do you combat creative blocks?
I’m super impatient so I’m always tempted to force it when I feel the need to finish an idea, but that rarely works out and the quality of work sometimes suffers.  I have found that it’s best to walk away for awhile, get outside and distance yourself from it for a day or two.  Often all that is needed is a new way of looking at it.  

What makes you feel alive?
I love a good sunny day, and exploring on dirt roads and listening to music while driving around looking for the next great photograph.  Of course, I love to work on a new project.  I’m always the most excited at the beginning of a project that I know will turn out great, with a little effort.   The country is where I feel most alive, with a huge sky and nothing but open space.  

Who (or what or where) warms your heart?
I love to hang out with my friends.  Listening to what they do and what they love is a joy for me.  I love time with family and traveling.  I really enjoy a good hang out session with “my people” with some good drinks and food.  That’s all I need.  Montana is truly home for me.  I love everything about it, and I hope it doesn’t change too much.

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