PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — An Oregon woman wants people who visit her new art studio to think outside of the box.
Laura Ellis opened the Albany Art Studio about a year ago. It’s located inside the fifth-oldest building in the city.
Another fun fact? The studio features a room dubbed the “Splatter Box.”
It’s ground zero for color explosions.
Within the 2,500-square-foot space, visitors can throw art anywhere they want and fulfill wild childhood dreams using everything from paintbrushes to water balloons to bazookas.
In the Splatter Box, everyone is an artist. In fact, so much inner-artist-unleashing happens in the space that the business goes through 50 gallons of paint each month.
Ellis is a mother of two who minored in art at Oregon State University. But she didn’t get serious about running an art business until after she had a pregnancy scare and she decided to take her dreams to the next level.
Ellis told KOIN 6 News her biggest piece of advice to others is to do what you’re passionate about.
“If you can think of your passion in a business-minded way and figure out how you actually make money and support your family then why not just go for it,” Ellis said. “I can do anything I want to do and I can be my boss — #bossbabe — so let’s do it.”