Nancy Christy-Moore, Fine Artist/Painter: Overview
Nancy Christy-Moore, Fine Artist/Painter: What do you do?
Nancy Christy-Moore, Fine Artist/Painter: Typical Day
Nancy Christy-Moore, Fine Artist/Painter: Education and Training
Fine Artist, Painter
Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators, create original works of art typically for their aesthetic value, rather than for a functional one. Artists create objects that are beautiful, thought-provoking, and sometimes shocking. They often strive to communicate ideas or feelings through their art.
Fine artists typically display their work in museums, commercial or non-profit art galleries, corporate collections, on the Internet, and in private homes. Some of their artwork may be commissioned (requested by a client), but most is sold by the artist or through private art galleries or dealers. The gallery and the artist decide in advance how much of the sale proceeds each will keep. Frequently the split is 50/50.
Most of a fine artists time is spent marketing and selling their artwork to potential customers and building a reputation. However, only the most successful artists are able to support themselves solely through the sale of their works. Many artists have at least one other job to support their careers.
Some artists work in museums or art galleries as art directors or as archivists, curators, or museum workers, planning and setting up exhibits. Others teach craft or art classes or conduct workshops in schools or in their own studios.
Often a fine artists specializes in one but sometimes more types of art.
Fine art painters paint landscapes, portraits, and other subjects in a variety of styles, ranging from realistic to abstract. They may use one or more media, such as watercolors, oil paints, or acrylics.
Advice and Soundbites
Do what you love. Because even if it doesn't make a whole lot of money, you're going to do a lot more with it. You're going to get a lot more inner satisfaction out of it, because it is what you were meant to do. Do what you love. Nancy Christy-Moore