Even though I consider art school not something a painter must do, yet it offers an impulse www.lifeofanartist.nl for sustained work. You know, a natural gift is nothing without training and when nothing but your own will and self-determination put you to work, the chance to become lazy is quite big.
What plans do you have for the future of your art?
Plans… I want my realist art to be good enough to get short-listed at the artrenewal.com annual painting contest… well, and at the BP portraiture contest (UK). I also want to do a first one-man-show in a real gallery. I don’t strive for that, but I want to take the only advantage therein of a regular job: sure and constant salary. Yes, I’ve got a job. Times are hard for making a living from art only.
Do you have any advice for emerging artists?
Keep hard at work always practicing and learning from any source. Promote your art as much as you can but keep watch on time spent on it. There are so many promoting a lot and creating less and so coming to a point when there is nothing new to promote. Be more artist than advertiser. Keep watching for artists you think make art better than yours. Don’t strive for a “personal touch.” Strive for a better technique first then that thing which makes your art unique, that cognoscible personal touch will appear naturally.
Share something interesting in your life that relates to your art:
As I told you above, I was student of Law school and during that period I barely picked up a pencil. So, my girlfriend, my lady today, didn’t know about my artistic background. I didn’t tell her a word about it. After almost an entire year since our coup de foudre, my change back to art resurfaced and I painted a couple of paintings. One day she visited my home and I showed her my work telling her my plan to make a life as an artist. A few seconds after, she was weeping silently… and this was not of joy… 5 years later I married her.
How do you show your art to the public?
Nearly all of my collectors are outside my country yet I do promote myself locally too in my small city. The local gallery curator still awaits my paintings for a show. I was close to achieving that 3 years ago, when I managed to keep all the necessary paintings less 4 or 5 more, when my first baby girl was born. This event needed money… so I had to sell all my available paintings and so the show was postponed