11) Does this matter or make a difference to you?
When I first started to get up there in numbers, I thought this was incredibly important. But honestly, it hasn’t resulted in many more sales and it’s added a lot of pressure to maintain. I’ve recently begun to be approached by art supply brands seeking relationships with “influencers” and I’m not sure I feel like an influencer. Often, I feel as if I’m screaming into a void - so to me, that number carries a lot less significance these days.
12) Do you have an assistant/team to help you make all the magic happen?
Nope. It’s all me. I would LOVE an intern or assistant, but it isn’t in the cards (or wallet) just yet. I’m just doing my best to keep all the balls in the air. Sometimes they drop, and the world keeps spinning, so I just pick ‘em up again and start all over.
13) What advice can you share with new artist just starting out?
Try not to focus on the money, or you’ll quit before you get started. Making fine art is not a business - it’s a calling. You have to be ok not earning a penny for a very long time. Or, you have to find a partner who’s really good at marketing and sales to help you out on that end. But if you start off your career producing just what you think will sell, even if it does sell, you’ll never be happy.
14) What new and exciting projects do you have on the horizon?
Things are pretty quiet for me right now, so I’m taking the time to regroup and focus on making things I love. On the side, I’ve just moved into a new space with a small gallery! So, I’ve started an artists collective with 5 other local artists. Our downtown has an artwalk every first friday, so the six of us will always have a show for First Fridays!
15) How do you really feel about commissions?
I mostly love them. I don’t mind a little direction, and I love that people trust me to make something especially for them. I don’t love the pressure of having to please - but that’s a minor annoyance in an otherwise pleasurable experience.
16) If you could only choose one area of your business to focus on what would it be and why?
Actually, it might be COMMISSIONS! I’d love to just have a string of jobs that are a sure thing!
17) What are three adjectives that describe your style/vibe?