i. I work as a landscape painter
ii. I do this creative work because:
I find it to be a very rewarding means of personal expression. It’s so gratifying to create something out of nothing and I can’t imagine not creating.
iii. A ‘typical’ day for me in the pandemic involves:
My morning coffee before going to my studio to paint, taking my puppy Phoenix for a walk in the park in the afternoon, photographing paintings in my studio, doing some admin and marketing work, making a delicious dinner with my partner in the evening with a glass of wine…we love to cook!
iv. Personal qualities that help me in my work are:
My stubborn determination is probably the top personal quality that helps me with my art practice because it’s a really tough industry and I think it requires a fair amount of grit to thrive! I’m also a very curious person, and this quality pushes me to explore, find new subject material, and try new techniques and painting methods.
v. The greatest challenges around doing this work are:
The nerve wracking instability of not knowing when you will have projects or earn your income! It is inconsistent and some months are definitely much slower than others, so it’s important to work hard and trust that the hard work will eventually pay off
vi. Creative childhood hobbies:
I have always loved art, and started painting with watercolours when I was six. Sports were another passion so I played lots of badminton, and often went skiing and horseback riding! I still love trips to the mountains or a ranch.
The Drama of Immensities
vii. Show, podcasts, books that I’m into right now:
I enjoyed learning from Emily Jefford’s The Collective virtual course for marketing and business advice for artists
The Great Women Artists Podcast: a truly wonderful way to learn about both historical and current female artists through fun personal interviews
Ninth Street Women: Such a fascinating and detailed book about the lives and work of female abstract expressionists in New York in the 60’s and 70’s and their rise to fame. I actually felt like I was there while reading this book!
viii. Training that has helped me in this career:
I took a landscape painting workshop last year with an artist named Val Nelson at 100 Parker St Studios which helped me make a shift towards enhancing the gestural quality of my paintings. I also currently work in a gallery where I get to look at art all day, and am exposed to lots of inspiring artwork by both emerging and established artists.
ix. A common trap that can hurt people in this career:
Getting stuck in your own head or taking other people’s feedback too much to heart. Many creatives are sensitive people so it’s hard not to get wrapped in what people think of you and your work. I think feedback is wonderful and should be welcomed but shouldn’t dictate the decisions you make as an artist.
x. Some proud career moments:
Creating 2 large commissioned paintings for a newly renovated office building lobby in Vancouver last summer! This was a unique and exciting experience where I got to paint the massive multi-panel pieces live at the site, sort of like painting a mural!
Having a solo show of paintings I created of the Australian landscape while I lived in Melbourne Australia from 2018-2019.
xi. Upcoming shows or events include:
I’ll be part of a group show at Gallery George in East Vancouver from March 4-28, 2021, which will include a preview of a few paintings from my upcoming collection.
From April 16 – 22 an online gallery called ARTWRK will be hosting a virtual exhibition featuring my new Spring collection of paintings
xii. If you want to work in my field, I suggest that you:
I think that the key is to stay curious and never stop learning. Expose yourself to all kinds of art, classical and contemporary, and visit galleries and cultural institutions. Be on the lookout for inspiration because you never know where you will find it.
xiii. A professional goal I have for the future:
To show at an international art fair. I would love to take part in a fair in New York or LA, two of my favorite cities, in the future.
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