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The Journey From Closet Painter to Thriving Business Owner with Amira Rahim

If you think the beginning to your art story is less than perfect-- you’re not alone. Instagram SUPERSTAR Amira Rahim pulls back the curtain on the personal trials and events that marked the beginning of her career as an artist. She provides wonderful insight into the journey and advice for others who want to sell more work and build a business from their creative pursuits.

In the second half of the conversation we get into practical tips for artists. As a long standing resource and teacher for other artists, Amira had some wonderful insights into the mistakes artists make, the power of color and what creates high value art. So many goods in this one!

Listen on Apple Podcasts here.

In this episode we talk about...

  • The personal events that led Amira build her art business

  • Why she started focusing on color and shifted her style from realism to abstract

  • Finding a style and subject you can study for the rest of your life

  • Navigating divorce + being a creator, not a consumer

  • How hardship fuels the journey + the ways that running a creative business helps us grow

  • Merging our masculine feminine sides when it comes to being an artist in business

  • Why Amira moved to California

  • Amira’s experience of navigating the artist space as a WOC

  • Advice for beginner artists who belong to a marginalized group and don’t see themselves represented

  • The top (specific) mistakes made by artists starting out

  • The mindset for selling high value art

  • How to increase the value of your paintings + why your work might not be selling


Internationally-collected, Amira D. Rahim is a contemporary and abstract expressionist painter. Her work has been acquired by collectors around the world—most notably by the Royal Family of Abu Dhabi. In 2014, Rahim launched her art business and sold over $100,000 worth of art within two years.

By harnessing the power of social media and building a thriving artist community, her business and art continues to grow and inspire the lives of people from all walks of life. Rahim has built a globally recognized brand with licensing partners in Australia, the United Arab Emirates, North America, and Europe. Her work has also been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Ebony Magazine, Professional Artist Magazine, New Jersey Monthly, The National, Time Out Abu Dhabi, and more.

Today, Rahim’s work is distributed across multiple stores including Wayfair, HomeGoods, The Home, Hayneedle, and Amazon. When she is not painting, Rahim enjoys teaching other aspiring artists in her signature program, Better Than Art School™.

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