1. How long have you been painting?

I have been painting literally since I was a child. I got my first set of oil paints at age 3. (Mom was an artist) Without aging myself…I have been painting professionally, making a living as a painter/designer for over 25 years.

2. Where do you get your inspiration?

My inspiration comes from all areas- nature (typical answer, I know but true!) Owning a farm for over 20 years, I found an amazing idea bank in the animals and gardens. My other go to is my antique textile collection and of course travel!

3. I’ve written a children’s book. Would you illustrate it?

Well first the publishing industry is a whole other animal and that is never a simple question to answer. I have an agent that handles what I do and don’t illustrate. Typically a publisher will connect you with an illustrator of their choosing once they agree to take on your book. If in fact you have a publisher and would like to correspond with my agent, please email me. msparks@michalsparks.com

4. Where can I find your books and other products?

My books are available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and numerous smaller book sellers. My handmade products are available online at michalsparks.com and acleverspark.com and in my brick and mortar shop, A Clever Spark, located at 502 Bay Ave, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742.

5. Do you sell wholesale to other retailers?

Yes, I do wholesale certain handmade products. For information and a product sheet please email: msparks@michalsparks.com

6. Can I re-post your images, recipes or art?

You may re-post one (1) image as long as a link to the blog post is included. You must get permission to post more than one image or any written content. Photos may be pinned to pinterest.