Ten years ago today, I left my job in advertising and event marketing to become a self-employed fine artist. My passion to create was too strong to set aside until nights and weekends, and I owed it to myself to see where my full attention could take my art. Luckily, I was born into a family that understood what it meant to be an artist, and I can’t thank my parents enough for supporting me 100% in my decision.
I also owe a debt of gratitude to the rest of my family and friends for the words of encouragement, helping me with shows, sharing posts, and all of the other little things that make me feel loved.
And to everyone that has collected my art, THANK YOU for believing in my work and inviting it into your homes. It is such an honor to create something from my mind and heart that you will pass down through the generations.
I didn’t realize how much I have learned along the way until recently meeting artists that are where I was ten years ago. I am thrilled to meet anyone, regardless of age, that decides to take the leap and pursue a career as an artist. It is extremely hard and at times will make you question your commitment to your craft, but keep your head up. If something isn’t working, adapt. Meet other artists and art enthusiasts, and build your support network. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! The business side of being an artist isn’t taught, so that is something you learn by doing and asking others. Don’t hesitate to send me a DM if you need any advice.
We all dream of success and “making it” as an artist. But, keep in mind that “making it,” in any profession, is often a moving target. You should have goals, but achieving them is not the reward. The reward is the journey, and being able to share it with people that love you and support whatever you decide to do in life. Now go create something the world has never seen, and inspire others to do the same!