MOMpreneur: n. defined as a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur.
Welcome to our next installment of MOMpreneur Monday, highlighting Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas.
Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is...the artist and founder of Aria Marli Art, Karim Aboud!
Tell us a little bit about your background, motherhood and what inspired you to start Aria Marli Art…
One of the very first memories I have from my childhood is of my parents painting and creating art. Some of my favorite moments were watching my mother slowly bringing a canvas to life and I remember thinking it was like magic! I’ve been in love with art ever since!
“Aria Marli is my daughter’s name and she is the inspiration and motivation behind everything I do.”
Born and raised in Miami Florida, I am a self-taught artist and graduate of Miami International University of Art & Design with a degree in Fashion Merchandising. After graduating college, I immediately entered the corporate world and unfortunately, had to place my artwork on hold. As an Account Manager covering the Caribbean territory for luxury brands Hermes, Bulgari, and Michael Kors, I was fortunate to have experienced the sights, sounds, and vibrant colors of many of the tropical islands, which has inspired my artwork.
How did Aria Marli Art get started?
Upon learning that I was expecting my first child, I was overwhelmed with joy and excitement. Like many new mommies, I spent hours searching online for artwork for her nursery and I wasn’t thrilled with what I found. I felt as though all the prints were the same and the artwork wasn’t personal enough.
While searching, I found a photo of a young girl that I absolutely fell in love with. It was a photo of a well-known mom blogger’s daughter and I asked her permission to paint it. One cart of painting supplies and two days later, I gifted her with the finished product. She posted it on Instagram and the rest is history! I have been painting children’s portraits ever since!
“I am now a stay at home mommy focused on raising my beautiful daughter, as well as sharing my gift of art with others while painting life’s ‘Little Moments’. “
Throughout my artistry, I’ve been fortunate enough to have painted portraits now for famous chefs, NFL players and a few celebrities.
What’s unique about your artistry?
I offer contemporary portraits painted on stretched canvas or on clear acrylic panels for a more modern look. The process for a portrait is simple! You send me a few of your favorite photos, we agree on a size and price, and I begin working on your special piece of art!
I’ll present you with a digital version of what your painting will look like before painting it and can make any adjustments such as removing items, changing colors, combining two photos, etc. All paintings are made with only the best acrylic paints on stretched canvas and your choice of satin or a high gloss finish to last a lifetime!
I also paint nursery art incorporating your current décor for a truly unique piece!
Why should MBM readers become your clients?
As a parent, one can agree they have almost every part of their child memorized. You know each laugh, each eyelash and the way their mouth curves when they smile. As your artist, I don’t sleep until every detail is exactly perfect and my client is satisfied.
This is what I offer in my shop: a piece of my heart, mixed with your imagination and my creativity, to produce a one-of-a-kind work of art!
What new and exciting things are coming up for your business?
Aria Marli Art is currently expanding to include pet and bridal portraits, as well as digital illustrations. What’s so exciting is that we can provide you the option of a framed print or a digital file of your illustration. With the digital file, you can print it as many times as you’d like or even work with various sites to use the image on mugs, cushions, shirts and more.
Custom nursery murals are on the horizon as well!
What do you love about living and working in South Florida?
Having been born and raised in Florida, there is no other place I would rather work and live. I just moved to Boca at the beginning of this year and so far, I absolutely love it! My daughter just turned 8 months old and I am looking forward to getting out of the house more and exploring everything Boca has to offer!
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