Do you have any advice for artists just getting started?
Oh yes, to begin with – and I know this has been said before – but if you want to be an artist to make money, you will never truly www.lifeofanartist.nl be an artist. I feel it has to come from within, a hunger from your soul to want to create something: something new and fresh, day in and day out and never tire of it, if this is how you feel you are already an artist. I also personally feel you always have to be willing to learn and say to your self I don’t know everything there is to know and be ready to continue your education and learning always.
I would also like to point out that you don’t have to have all the fancy tools, if you have colored paint, paint, if you have a pencil, draw, if you have a surface that will tolerate paint let that be your canvas. Don’t sit around waiting for something to happen with your art – make it happen, don’t give up, and keep elephant-skin, because not everyone is going to like what you do.
Tell me an interesting personal story from your life relating to art:
I painted a picture of Monks at a New Year’s Festival an idea which came from a friend I had as a child, he was my pen pal in Thailand he was also a friend of my dad. My dad was stationed over there and I was sad a lot so he introduced me through letters to Nippon. He taught me much of his way of life and their culture. One thing I remember was about the way the people would give the poor food when they came through the village once a day, and then taught me about the New Year’s festival and so that is a painting from my personal life experience.
How do you show your art both on and off the internet?
I am on different websites, I have a small bio on Les Beaux Arts website I have put work up in Easley at Starving Artist Cafe and have actually sold something there. Additionally, I have work in Pickens, Greenville and Columbia, South Carolina.
Have you sold any of your artworks? If so, how?
Yes my first show was at a gallery where I wanted to learn about abstract art. It was something I didn’t really care about at that time, now I know it is because I knew so little about it. And so, I took about six one-hour classes. I sold a painting for $300.00 called Banjo Boy and a $200.00 painting, and then I have sold some smaller work.