Artists ~ Annie and Tony ~ Coventry

Artist’s name: Annie and Tony
Shop name: Ocean State of Mind RI
Instagram: @oceanstateofmindri

1. Tell us about your work
We create wooden signs from reclaimed driftwood from our local Rhode Island beaches. All signs are hand painted and constructed by Annie. Photography is taken all over the world by Tony.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
We fell into the world of artistry by accident. People were always asking about our photography and a sign I had made for us that was hanging in our home. I had recently stopped bartending and was looking for something to help supplement income and I thought a small business sounded fun!

3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
Inspiration always comes from the ocean. Even in the cold New England winters, we still go sit on the beach.

4. What’s your favorite item to create?
I love custom signs. They're a good mix of challenging and pushing me to think outside the box.

5. What’s your best seller?
A long distance sign that can be customized with states and hearts for the cities reading: Distance means so little when someone means so much.

6. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
29 years and counting...

7. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
The beaches....There are so many to visit and each one is so different!


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