One of the most challenging things for me about being an artist is that about half of the time I must be a businessperson. I must find collectors for my work, if for nothing else than I need to buy more paper. But in truth, I also need to find homes for my work because that conversation — between me and collector — is crucial.
A butte in Golden, Colorado looms over the quiet college town.
Some may be lucky enough to have a gallery that just handles all of the business side of creating art, but I am always seeking new ways to market my work to the world. So last week I took a break from my usual studio routine to attend Art Biz Breakthrough, a conference in Golden, Colorado produced by artist coach, Alyson Stanfield. I have worked personally with Alyson in 2015 and will again in 2016, but the event still gave me lots of great things to think about. (more…)
After my crush of spring and summer art shows, I was very grateful to have some time away from my home, studio and art tent. We are lucky to have family in western Montana and like to visit them during the two months of “high season” in July and August.
Rather than flying, my family loads our trusty van and treks west across some tremendously beautiful topography. My favorite area has always been North Dakota, where undulating yellow-green fields of rapeseed surround glacial lakes of amazingly dark blue water. Somehow driving gives me a different sense of the land than flying over it.