I recently read an article telling of a survey where 900 artists were asked the question, “What is the greatest reward you get for being an artist?” From their answers, the author compiled a list of 101 reasons to be an artist. The list was quite varied. Answers ranged from “I get to be my own boss” to “Taking part in making history”. Though I haven’t experienced all of what was shared, there were many that I totally agreed with.
“Being filled with ideas that you can bring to life visually”
For the last eight years I have had the opportunity to participate in Art Around the Corner in St George, Utah. This has been a great experience both to associate with the people there and to mingle with other artists that I admire. The committee members go out of there way to help the artists feel appreciated and to promote their work. I have also had the good fortune to have my work purchased by the city in the last two exhibits. “Alex” was purchased in 2015 and this year “Held V” was purchased.
“Receiving awards for your work”
Being juried into the Spring Salon at the Springville Museum of Art is an award in itself, but I was very happy to also receive an Honorable Mention for my piece “Daydream”.
“Having another artist buy you work”
This summer I was able to do a trade with another artist that we particularly like. Jeannine Young traded her piece “Romance” for this piece in her backyard. It’s such a great compliment to have another artist like your work that much!
“Knowing that your creation has contributed to the happiness of a stranger.”
We had a great time again in Loveland, Colorado! Sculpture in the Park is such an enjoyable show to be in. The staff and the volunteers are amazing and so well organized. We really enjoy associating with the other artists and also the patrons. After five years of participation, we have made friendships that will last a lifetime!
These two sculptures have now found permanent homes! One in Colorado and one in California.
“The joy of creating and sharing art”
We have had some other great experiences this year that I will share next time. I feel very privileged to be able to do something that I love so much. I hope the joy I feel comes through in each piece I create. To me, the greatest compliment I can receive as an artist is to have someone like my work enough to want it in their home or yard. Thank you for your support and friendship!