I have had such a great year! The art world has really been picking up (or at least for me it is.) Thanks to everyone who has supported me and shared such kind words about my art, and what it means to them. I love hearing that clients discover and enjoy new elements in a particular painting they have had for years. I don’t take a moment of it for granted! I wake up every morning and feel so blessed and thankful to be able to do what I do for a living. Even if my back is hurting from working several sleep deprived days in a row in order to complete a project – I am so amazed that I am really doing this!
Contrary to what most may think, being an artist is not the most glamorous of careers. It can be very solitary and isolating at times; and like many small business owners, or self employed people – the job hours don’t quit once you come home. Not to mention the financial gain can take many years, and be able to withstand hardship. But even that being said, I would not trade It for anything. I find my creativity very rewarding and balancing. Every time I go to the DMV or get a new car tag I am soooo thankful that I don’t have sad, angry or mindless job (sorry, but those jobs would be torture for me.)
I have received a tremendous amount of commission work from all over the United States these past few years – and especially this year alone. It has come to my attention that I need to revise my policies when creating custom work, because there is more time, creativity, and communication involved to create the one of a kind work you desire.
I enjoy working with clients closely on a one-on-one basis in order to create unique paintings. (Knock on wood) I have never had a bad experience, but just in case I do one day, I want to have some crystal clear policies in effect.
I am so booked up at this time that I don’t want to overextend myself. So I will not be taking any new commissions (unless you want to pay me DOUBLE!) until September 2012. So if you want a custom piece you will have plenty of time between now and then to decide EXACTLY what you want! Read more HERE if you would like to commission a custom piece of work.
Now, for the BIG NEWS: In September, I will be celebrating 10 years of being in my studio! The first few years were rough, I have to admit. My Dad helped me pay my rent for the first year or two in trade for art (And you should see his house: He has a fairly amazing collection), and from time to time I had to take a part time job to help pay for rent and art supplies during the slow months. Several galleries I was showing in (and doing well) went out of business, and there was even a time where I thought about getting a “real job” and not being an artist anymore (it was that bad!) I had a little birdy whispering in my ear that because I was not selling as well anymore, that – well – I basically sucked (paying no attention to the crappy economy mind you). But is is OK – I divorced that little birdy. But I am glad I never gave up! And the past few years have been very kind to me. In a celebration of a decade of craziness, blood (literally – I sliced my finger with an exact-o knife once, and stapled my finger once) sweat, tears, and success – I am having a huge blow out celebration sale in my studio in September! I will have a special online site and shopping cart available for those that can’t come by in person. These are not just old pieces from under the bed I am trying to get rid of either! These are new paintings! I will fill you in on more details later. So stay tuned (and start measuring your walls!)