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Meet Shashin Patel of Painting to Gogh in Wicker Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shashin Patel.

Shashin, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Painting to Gogh was created with the following goal in mind: to provide customers with a fun and creative outlet. No matter where you live or how much painting experience you have, we have curated an experience that is easy to follow & accessible. We deliver all the art materials and provide step-by-step digital video tutorials to help you create paintings from our growing catalog. We also seek to provide art education to those that don’t have access through collaboration with our charity partners.

Our story began in the summer of 2016 when Shashin was planning a paint night for him and his wife. Shashin didn’t know which painting supplies to buy and where to begin in terms of finding painting instructions – so he looked online. He couldn’t find a service which enabled people to have a seamless paint night at home (an aha moment followed). Shashin pitched the idea to his friends Vikas & Jess, founders of Arts n Spirits – a popular paint and sip shop in Chicago, IL.

Combining Shashin’s idea and Jess and Vikas’ art experience, Painting to Gogh was born. We believe that everyone has a creative side and we want to help you uncover it! We have shipped our product to over 40 States and hope to be a household brand in 2018.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has been a smooth road so far, we have grown our business and customers absolutely love our product. The toughest challenge thus far has been getting our name out there. Being a bootstrapped company we have been very creative with our marketing techniques.

Please tell us about Painting to Gogh.
We deliver a one of a kind painting experience to customers doorsteps. We are the only company across the U.S that provides a complete painting experience with a curated set of art materials and digital instruction. Our digital classes set us apart from others we have crafted an experience that is very enjoyable and easy to follow along to.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Being a Chicagoan (born and raised in Chicago, my childhood was in the 90s) – my favorite memory is the Bulls winning 6 championships.

Pricing:

  • Starter Box for 1 – $50
  • Starter Box for 2 – $100
  • Starter Box for 4 – $180
  • Starter Box for 8 – $320
  • Essentials Box – $20
  • Video Tutorial Only – $10

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