How Illustration Can Make a Difference For Small Businesses and Nonprofits

As I wrapped up a couple commissions last week for the American Transplant Foundation, I got to thinking how else I could help other small businesses and nonprofits with my illustration work. There really are endless possibilities for how art can make a positive impact, whether it's as a gift, for marketing, or as an educational tool. Here's a list of my top ideas for how illustration (whether it's mine or someone else's!) can help your small business or nonprofit organization:

  1. Gift original, custom artwork to top financial donors, investors, business partners, longtime clients, or for employee appreciation.
  2. Commission custom invitations for your special events 
  3. Use on your annual report. Spice up your statistics with gorgeous and unique imagery!
  4. For social media. Hand-made illustrations can make your posts pop on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. 
  5. For you newsletter. Why not add some personality to your email campaigns?
  6. For your holiday card. Your constituents will love receiving a hand-made, illustrated card or postcard. It's so much more personal and genuine than just a card with your logo!
  7.  For office supplies. Hiring a designer can do wonders for your business's notepads, pens, mugs, etc. Why have boring office supplies/company swag when you can have lovely items instead?
  8. Commission artwork as a silent auction item, giveaway/raffle prize, or as a perk for sponsoring an event. (The American Transplant Foundation did this super effectively with a signed painting of The Fray at their 2016 Transplant Hero Awards gala!)
  9. Use art in your next pitch or presentation to communicate your points. 
  10. Do a community art piece, either sponsored by your business or to further the message and mission of your nonprofit. It's great to engage the world around you, and art is a FANTASTIC way to do it! 

I hope this leaves you feeling excited to incorporate more art into your small business or nonprofit. Please feel free to email me with any questions, or leave your ideas in the comments below! 

Recent Work

Hi everyone! I've been so busy lately, I apologize for not writing more recently! My recent projects have included a series 6 custom bridesmaid portraits, a single portrait for a French client, and a series of 11 portraits for John Frieda. See some of my process photos here!

Upcoming Events

March First Friday: stop by the studio (851 Santa Fe Drive) on March 4th for exciting new originals and prints! As always, there is something available within every price range, and 5% of profits go to charity.

RAW: Denver presents SIGNATURE - come join me at this amazing event! There will be fashion shows, live music, visual art, and of course food and drinks! Buy tickets here for only $20: http://www.rawartists.org/ellepowell



Bodacious Botanicals

Hello everyone! I got a chance to pop by the Bodacious Botanicals show at the MacSpa in downtown Denver this morning and it looks great! Feel free to stop by anytime to view the pieces in person, but for now here's a peek and their hours:

Monday . . . . .10:00 – 6:00

Tuesday . . . . .10:00 – 6:00

Wednesday . .10:00 – 6:00

Thursday . . . .10:00 – 6:00

Friday . . . . . . .10:00 – 5:00

Saturday . . . . by appointment

Sunday . . . . . Closed

Upcoming Shows

Hello everyone! I'm so excited to announce that my work will be featured in two new locations beginning this month.

The first show, Bodacious Botanicals, will take place at the MacSpa in downtown Denver and will run for three months from November 2015-January 2016. The show will feature works from three artists: myself, Jen Mosquera and Rene Farkass. Stay tuned for details about the reception in late January. You'll have to come to the show to see it all, but here's a sneak peak for now: 

The second location where you can view and purchase my work is a brand new restaurant experience called Uncorked Kitchen in Centennial, CO. This gorgeous space is a must-see for anyone in the area! They have a wine bar, amazing views, a super fun and unique concept, and most importantly yummy food and brand new art! Pop by 8171 S Chester St., Centennial, CO to check it all out.

Thank you to all for your support! As always, feel free to contact me for any custom inquiries, questions or comments. Have a wonderful day!

Etsy Up and Running!

Hello everyone, and thank you for a fantastic October First Friday. I'm so bummed I won't be around for the November one, but I WILL have someone there in my place and I'm looking forward to visiting sunny Palm Springs!

I want to let everyone know that my Etsy site is now alive and well, so check it out here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/EllePowellArt. You'll notice that there is a customization option, so if you'd like anything customized please feel free to message me either on my Etsy or in my contact form here.

Thanks for reading (and shopping) and I look forward to keeping you all updated!

1st First Friday at the New Studio!

Hi all! I'm thrilled to be spending the first Friday of the month at my new studio in the Art District on Santa Fe in Denver. It's been a crazy week getting set up (moved in Tuesday evening!) but it's already been one of the best weeks of my summer. Come by if you can from 6-9pm at 851 Santa Fe Drive #205. Wine and cheese will be provided, and 10% of sales will go back to the American Transplant Foundation. See you there!