Meet Working Artist Tom Waters

Meet Working Artist Tom Waters

In a world that often thinks being an artist is not a responsible thing to do, The Working Artist course gave me the ‘permission’ and the confidence to pursue being a full time artist. –Tom Waters Prior to finding The Working Artist, Vermont-based Tom Waters described himself as a frustrated graphic designer and a “Sunday painter” […]

How To Be The Greatest

How To Be The Greatest

I imagine that you’ve heard of the boxer named Mohammad Ali. When he passed away a few months ago, the whole world mourned. But Crista, you’re probably asking, what does a boxer have to do with art? A lot, actually. Because there’s a lesson here that speaks to all of us who strive for greatness […]

The Wisdom of Great Artists

The Wisdom of Great Artists

I am a lucky girl. I’ve spent my career surrounded by great artists, photographers, writers and poets. People whose names are known and works celebrated, others equally talented who remain unknown. Most artists are absolutely lovely to work with, though there have been a few who were not-so-lovely. Yet something always told me to pay […]

Who Will Save You?

Who Will Save You?

I saw him across the crowded room at the high school reunion. The memories came flooding back. He was my hero, always coming to my rescue.That time that I lost my footing climbing the tall theater ladder to the catwalk, he climbed up and carried me down.When a classmate was too rough with me, he […]

Meet Working Artist Karen Jilly

Meet Working Artist Karen Jilly

Rewind to the Great Recession of 2008. Galleries closed. Art dealers moved on. Curators chased other professions. Karen Jilly, a mid-career artist who unlocks beauty in deceptively ordinary, forgotten cityscapes, suddenly found herself without key trappings of the art business. She was also faced with the immediate need to care for two aging parents. “I […]