today is the 3 year anniversary of autistic eye art

today is the 3 year anniversary of my business.
3 years ago on september 6th 2013 my booth went up for the first time at the griffith central market and i made my autistic eye art facebook page. to celebrate this achievement i will be putting on a customer appreciation day. it will be this friday at the central market. i will be doing a 50% off sale, playing my guitar, and doing a raffle. i offer mat prints, cards, bookmarks, garden signs, garden rocks, gourd necklaces, and gourd birdhouses. please let me know if you have any questions regarding my products or customer appreciation day, im happy to help. thank you for supporting a small business and an autisic artist.
i have always had an artistic passion. from a very young age i would make thousands of pictures on my home computer. i would figure out how to play songs by ear. i would make up my own songs by making beats with my mouth or on a little keyboard that belonged to one of my older sisters. As time, and my talents progress, i continue to develop my visual and musical art. Most of my spare time is spent taking pictures or playing guitar and piano.
i had a very memorable high school career. i did my music in the talent shows and i took many great pictures during the school field trips and other school events. one of my favorite high school memories was the school dances. i had a date for every dance. one thing i didnt like about high school was the homework. i spent hours a night doing homework.
after all my hard work and help from the people who love me, in may of 2013 i graduated from Griffith High School with a Core 40. Achieving this goal was a major accomplishment. to celebrate i put on a graduation party. i did my music and other fun stuff. after the graduation fun was over came the big question, what am i going to do with my life. with the money i made off of my graduation, i started my business. on september 6th, 2013 i started selling my pictures at the griffith central market. i didnt think i would get any pictures sold that day. i guessed that i would be just giving out business cards, but i ended up having beginners luck. i got 5 canvas prints sold.
in the past 3 years my business has come a long way. i like to take picture of the often overlooked beauty of nature around us. i have taken many pictures from the winter snow to the summer thunderstorms. i am hoping to make enough money to buy some nice photography gear. just imagine what my pictures would look like with a really nice camera. At first the name of my business was Puzzle Piece Photography. I Started out just selling canvas prints. After the first central market season ended I changed the name to Autistic Eye Art because there was already a business called Puzzle Piece Photography. I didn't want people buying from them thinking they are buying from me. Then I opened my Etsy store for people to buy my products online. My Etsy store is no longer open because I now have my website. Then I started selling mat prints, cards, garden signs, and garden rocks at the Highland Indoor Market. On February 14, 2016 I started my website. This central market season I am going to start selling unique plants such as the Carolina Reaper, the worlds hottest pepper in pots that I will paint. I sell my products on my website, the Griffith Central Market, and other events. The Griffith Central Market is a farmers market at Central Park in Griffith, Indiana. it is every Friday 3-9 PM, May through September. I set up my booth on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month weather permitting. Also be sure to check out my music and social group. If you have any questions regarding my business or website feel free to contact me. Thank you for taking the time to look at my website and going to my events. 
i am thankful for my business and the great gift god has given me. i would not be in the position i am in if it werent for all the people who have taken the time to check out my work and encouraged me to continue my artistic efforts. for that i offer a special thank you to every single person who takes an interest in my art and spends their hard earned money on my products. it is very much appricated. i take pictures for myself; to capture a world that captivates me. i hope it captivates you too.

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james leslie