Online Los Gatos-based Amour d’Art gallery owner and curator Carrie Scott worked in public relations, marketing and sales for nearly four decades. Throughout the years, whether on vacation, sightseeing, visiting someone or a new place, she found herself purchasing artwork at fine art galleries, shops, and wherever else she found pieces that inspired were. Her philosophy about art is to purchase what you like, gives you joy, comfort and inspiration. Details:
Los Gatos Patch: What did you dream of being as a kid?
Carrie Scott: An airline flight attendant, as it was referred to in my days.
Patch: How does your personality play into your business?
Scott: Love the interaction with people; satisfying wants, needs and desires.
Patch: At what moment did you decide to open a business?
Scott: After I retired, and needed some art for myself.
Patch: What inspired you?
Scott: On vacations, I would typically return home with a piece of art or something significant to that place, i.e., Egypt, Papyrus Paper; Montmartre, art by a local artist, Gettysburg, a book on the history.
Patch: Describe the biggest challenge of owning a business in the Town of Los Gatos?
Scott: At this moment, we do not have "brick and mortars." The challenge is finding the right space for an art gallery at a price that is affordable. Retail rents are high for small business owners. We continue to look for space.
Patch: Describe the best thing about owning a business in the town of Los Gatos?
Scott: The energy of the community; the people.
Patch: What is one thing you would never change about your business?
Scott: Our commitment to the customer in assisting them with providing the best service possible to obtain the art of their choosing at the best possible prices.
Patch: What is your business' greatest asset?
Scott: Our knowledge of art and the ability to obtain art from nearly every artist and/or publisher. Should we not have an answer, we know where to find it.
Patch: What is your favorite spot in town?
Scott: Wow, this is tough. There are too many to narrow it down to just one or two, or three ....
Patch: What's one thing the community should know about you?
Scott: My integrity, honesty and knowing I love what I do.