Just One Brush Stroke Moved Trish Reed Out of Her Comfort Zone and Into Her Calling
Trish Reed doesn’t hold back when it comes to expressing her enthusiasm for painting, and when you admire her work, you can’t help but wonder if perhaps she was a child prodigy in this regard. However, as she reveals her story, her professional background in education and technology was on the opposite end of the spectrum, and transitioning into the work that intoxicates her spirit today can essentially be traced back to one fortuitous phone call in 2001 from her mother who lives on the East Coast.
“She called me one day and asked me if I wanted to attend an art show with her in Toronto,” recalls Reed. “I thought, ‘Sure, why not?’ However, what she thought was simply an art show turned into an art class, resulting in full-fledged certification by the end of the week-long session.
“I became certified in the One Stroke Painting method as taught by Donna Dewberry and passed board exams during the time I was there,” says Reed, who at the time did not realize that week would serve as the springboard for new opportunities. In less than a week, Reed not only embraced her passion but also secured a new job.
“Shortly after coming home, I walked into a Michael’s craft store and asked if they needed a One Stroke instructor,” says Reed. Serendipity was on her side that day, as several area stores were searching for qualified instructors in that discipline and had yet to find anyone.
“By the end of the day, I had a job with three stores,” adds Reed.
Initially wearing multiple hats, Reed managed to simultaneously juggle her painting ambitions with her long-standing career, something she enjoyed but never truly felt to be her calling.
“I had often heard the phrase ‘If money and time were not an issue, what would you do?’ My answer was always ‘Paint!’” she recalls, and realized through that sentiment she was being called to come back to her core, which was expressing herself artistically.
From there, Ten Talents Art was born, the name of her business taken from a story in the Bible that teaches if you use your talents wisely, more will be given to you, and while the term “starving artist” certainly applied in the initial stages, Reed now enjoys a blessed career while contributing to the success of others.
Although she taught numerous One Stroke classes over the ensuing years, Reed’s primary focus now is creating hand-painted barware for special events and fund raisers, and she is widely known for her contributions in this regard to the annual STEMS event at the Overland Park Arboretum. She has also contributed her talents to the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce and to the All That Jazz fundraiser, specializing primarily in floral designs. Using the One Stroke method, Reed decorates pitchers, carafes, trifle bowls, barware and more.
“I enjoy this type of work as it allows people to use these items every day while still enjoying the art work on them. I call this functional art,” says Reed, who also does special orders.
When not creating new designs, Reed, along with her husband Bob, enjoys visiting many local attractions, including The Museum at Prairiefire in Overland Park and the Nelson Atkins Museum in Kansas City.
“We are fortunate to have a world-renowned museum here,” she emphasizes, referring to the Nelson. “I love to go there and experience the art, inspiring my imagination and finding not only the story within the art but also my own story.”
When it’s time to get back to work, Reed takes that inspiration and enjoys giving back and inspiring others.
“I love to do fundraisers and become a part of that success,” she says with a smile.
For more information, visit TenTalentsArt.com or call 913.515.3995.