"Everyone thinks we need to go off and grab opportunity where it is. But there’s opportunity everywhere, even here; you just have to find it and make the most of it." ~ Bee Stanton
Bee’s business has grown with enough clients that she now makes it her full-time career.
Bee Stanton draws her inspiration from the East Coast and draws the East Coast in her art.
The East Coast is an important part of Bee's artwork.
For Bee Stanton, nothing compares to sitting by the Atlantic Ocean with her sketchbook.
“It’s such a rich, beautiful coastline we have, and there’s so much inspiration, it motivates me,” she explains. “It’s also very calming. When I’m by the sea, I have no worries.”
The NSCC Graphic Design graduate has been sharing that beauty and tranquility with the world, posting evocative seascape illustrations and hand-lettered observations about east coast living online. Not only has Bee developed a strong social media presence, she’s also created her own business, providing portraits and marketing materials to clients around the globe.
“That’s one of my biggest accomplishments, that I’m still in Nova Scotia,” says the Digby native who currently makes her home in Halifax. ”I love living here, so being able to do what I do here is a huge personal feat and NSCC really encouraged that.”
An artist all her life, Bee didn’t think she could make a living at her passion until her instructors encouraged her to go for it. She says they also sparked her creativity.
“It was a really upbeat learning environment and I was constantly motivated to create more. I am always looking for that kind of inspiration in anything I do.”
Instructor Crystal McManus was equally impressed with Bee. “She was very grounded. She knew what she wanted to do and she knew she wanted to do it here. We need more people like her who stay and apply their talents.”
With a growing client base, Bee has set her sights on building a house on the water in Digby. She’s also looking at more ways to brand, share and promote the east coast experience to convince our best and brightest to stay, and entice others to relocate here.
“I want people to hear the words ‘go east’ and relate it to the Atlantic coast. I really want to plant that seed right now and grow something huge.”
You can see the art Bee posts regularly by following @beejaedee on Instagram or Twitter.