Happier than I expected…

Letting go of my role as an artist’s rep in 2012 made me happier than expected.   Representing artists was an unmatched experience that ultimately left me feeling less than fulfilled. The reasons for this change of heart are complex, so I will keep it short and to the point. REASON #1:  It makes me happy because I found that representing other artists, which I once used to love, was no longer satisfying that deepest creative part of myself. REASON #2:  After numerous years working to bring much needed attention to truly deserving artists, I realized that a rep cannot live on praise alone,…

Artist… a definition

Artist — a person of any age or gender, from any nation and every ethnicity, who expresses the highest and best within their own culture — as well as the least and the worst. An artist is an observer, a reporter, a synthesizer, an innovator, an educator, and an interpreter. Most important: an artist is endlessly curious, never stops learning, is in a constant state of experimentation, and is continually evolving.     This is true for life so you might as well make the most of it.      

The Starving Artist — A Short History

The stereotype of ‘the starving artist’ has been around for a long time.  So long, in fact, that it’s reached the level of archetype. ‘The starving artist’ stereotype had its origin in 17th-Century Flanders, when artists literally were starving. It worked its way through the centuries into the Romantic period of the 19th-Century, where it became entrenched as a cultural norm. Finally, the concept migrated to New York City and took up residence within the Abstract Expressionism movement of the 1950’s, where it was celebrated by the Beat poets. Ironically, it has been adopted by many contemporary artists and often goes hand-in-hand with the life of a…

Interview by Belinda McGrath Witzenhausen

Belinda McGrath Witzenhausen | IgniteYourCreativity.net Interview with Artist, Writer, Editor & Curator Lora R Fisher Lora shares with us her thoughts on art, her online Gallery — GalriMontaj Contemporary Art — as well as what motivates and inspires her. First posted on February 2, 2013 by bwitzenhausen   Tell us a little about yourself and your work. I may be an anomaly in that I am a visual artist who is also a curator, arts advocate, and a promoter. Hats get switched throughout the day, depending on what’s hot and calling my attention the loudest. When I recall my earliest memories, the most frequent activities…

Exhibit online? Eight good reasons…

1) Innovation … Virtual galleries continue to be the fastest growing segment of the fine art industry, as well as the most innovative when it comes to presentation, content, and promotions. Creative entrepreneurs — presenters and exhibitors — are innovators and leaders, both culturally and economically. 2) World-wide audience … Exhibiting with a savvy gallery gets your name and your art in front of a global audience of potential collectors. This may be the strongest reason of all to consider exhibiting with a web-based gallery. 3) Career development … Exhibiting online is one of the surest ways to launch your career and…