Artist Advice

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“I believe that first, emerging artists should be confident in their “voice” and convey who they are and try not to be someone who they are not. Secondly, never say “no” to an opportunity. Even if it is challenging, try to be successful in seeing it through to completion. Every opportunity is not only a learning experience, but a doorway to the “next” opportunity.” 

- Justin Johnson


“Being active outside of your studio is very important to the development and enrichment of your aspirations as an artist. Although spending dedicated time creating in your studio is essential, getting out, meeting new people, attending workshops, learning new techniques, and having different experiences will all feed your creativity when you get back into your studio. Not only will getting out help your work progress, you will begin building your network and community that will support you and include you in future artistic endeavors.”

- Seth Green

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“Although it would be wonderful to immediately generate revenue from the work we create, don't worry about the money at this point.  Focus on your craft and the style.  Sometimes, we are so focused on how much money we CAN make on a piece that we neglect the love and beauty of the process; therefore mass producing terrible art.  

I am reminded of an anonymous quote..."when you do what you love, the money will follow!"

Love the process!” 

- Ron Lewis


“What pops into my mind is some advice I was given in grad school.

"Don't do it unless you can't, not do it."  Being an artist is tough and sometimes the only thing that keeps you going is the inner need to create.  That even if you tried to do something else with your life, you would still be making your art.

It sounds a little intense and a bit pessimistic, but it's true.”

- Sara Nordling

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"The best advice I could give to a new artist would be to get your work into the world.  Enter exhibition calls, approach venues like coffee shops and non-traditional spaces, sign up for competitions and any other opportunities that present themselves.  By doing this you acquire experience and knowledge in getting your art exhibition ready.  You get to experience the glorious highs of artwork acceptance and sales and talking to people that appreciate what you make.  You also get to learn from the valuable hurt of artwork rejection and harsh critique and knowing that not everyone is going to appreciate what you make."

- Cara Wade


“Be open and accepting to critique, both artistic and self.” 

- Jason Swisher

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“When I was just starting to figure out what it was to call myself an artist and make art of my own, I was really bogged down by what my message was, or what I had to say/show that would make me look super smart, cool, and avant-garde.  The more I tried to focus on those things, the lazier my art got.  The most helpful thing above all else has been practicing discipline in spending my time and taking my time in making pieces of art.  

Carve out a little spot for yourself where the extra hours don't annoy you as much, and just keep digging at the same thing or different subjects a thousand different ways, and on the way you'll find some cool things that you've maybe always had to say and share with the world.”

- Jeremy Stroup


"Failure is not your enemy. Learn and respect failure. Embrace and empower failure. Make it work for you . not against you. "

- Daniel Dienelt

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I think the best advice to give to a new artist would be to keep trying. Don't stop exploring the possibilities or new ideas that seem crazy and impossible. 

- Kara Heingartner


"I would say that you need to believe in yourself, be open to suggestion, sometimes you will succeed, sometimes you will fail.  Explore all the ways to sell your art. Are galleries what you hope to work with or do you intend to sell your work yourself at shows and exhibits?  Making a living creating art means lots of hours doing work that doesn't entail creating so learning to balance your jobs is essential!"

- Lisa Vetter

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