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Artist journey

You’re an artist?

I have a question for you: How many times have people told you that as an artist you really need to find “something to fall back on”? It sucks, doesn’t it? The truth is that civilians, those people who aren’t artists, rarely understand the artist’s journey. They’re still holding onto that outdated stereotype of the …

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Crista Cloutier looking through camera

Do They Like Your Art?

My favorite college professor taught art history. He’d started out life as a photographer, a lifelong dream since he’d mixed his own chemicals in a homemade darkroom under his parents’ stairway. As a young man he’d had an opportunity to show his portfolio to a big shot, an established and highly celebrated photographer whom he …

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Ittakesavillage

It Takes A Village

As this extraordinary year draws to a close, every artist I know is looking forward in hopes that 2021 will bring happier surprises than 2020. But I want to take this moment to cast my gaze back, and I invite you to do the same. Because no artist stands alone. Instead, we stand on the …

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Two artists dancing in the studio

The Artist’s Dance

We all know artists who do incredible work, but fail to achieve their professional goals. It’s tragic and feels unfair. At the same time, I’ll bet you can also name several artists who enjoy great commercial success, they’re achieving professional goals – yet their work leaves you scratching your head and wondering why? Why them? …

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