Updated: Dec 31, 2021
Being a successful artist is not only about showing and selling and getting known; it’s about understanding your purpose, your calling, and about presenting yourself and your work with unwavering confidence and convinction about who you are and what your art stands for.
Michael Duane Photography
Having a firm grasp of why you are in this and what compels you to make art is key. Combined with a genuine willingness to experiment with new styles, subject matters and techniques, to continually evolve and advance in your practice, and to reach out to others in ever more creative ways – that is what it means to only survive, but also to thrive and prosper as an artist.
Impact someone else’s life with your art in a meaningful way and not only might you make yourself a sale, but you will also endow the world with just a little tiny bit more good.
Think of your art as a discussion starter, as a means of reaching out to other people and effecting their lives, of offering your own unique perspective, of helping others to see things in new and different ways.
Art breaks down barriers. It brings people together. It gives us permission to reach out to another and it makes reaching out easier.
Art sometimes even allows us to confront or broach difficult or sensitive subjects with total strangers because its there to break the ice first.
That’s what surviving as an artist is really all about – about making a difference, a contribuition that works to everyone’s advantage.
by Loredana Denicola - Thoughts and reflections