My father is an artist. For much of my childhood, my father spent part of his time pursuing his art, and the rest working to make ends meet. Eventually, he was able to become a full-time artist and fulfill his dream of focusing all of his time on creating his art. The journey wasn’t easy.
The challenges that face an artist are many. It often takes years of education and practice to hone one’s craft. It can be difficult to find work in the art field, and, as a consequence, many artists are forced to find other work for income. Often friends and family members discourage the full-time pursuit of art.
Even artists who are able to focus on creating work, often find it difficult to market and sell the work. The art market is extremely competitive. Artists vie for display space and collectors. The cost of producing art and presenting it in a marketable way can be prohibitive.
Every artist faces a unique set of challenges.
I’ve been fortunate enough, as the son of an artist and the owner of a gallery, to see artists who have found ways to overcome all of these challenges to pursue their passion and make a successful living while doing it, but I’m very aware that the challenges you face are daunting and very real.
What is your current big challenge?
What do you feel is currently your single greatest challenge? Share your challenge in the comments below, and take a moment to read over other artist’s challenges, perhaps even leave a comment. I think you’ll find that you are not alone. I’m going to keep an eye on this post to plan for upcoming posts, lessons and broadcasts based on the challenges shared here. Thanks for sharing!
In his Amazon.com best-selling book, Xanadu Gallery owner Jason Horejs shares insights gained over a life-time in the art business.