"Selecting Her Snake," 2018, 30" x 14" x 6", lamp work glass, fused glass, found objects
How did you get into debt?
I borrowed money to expand my studio and use it as a teaching facility
"Good at Horse, 2018, " 21"x 12" x 6", found objects, fabric, painted and shaped styrofoam float
How does your economic reality effect your art?
I am fortunate to have had a successful career selling art at art fairs for the last 15 years. In the last few years art fairs have changed drastically, in part, I believe, because of how technology has changed the way people collect art and the fact that art fairs are now often corporate sponsored). I have had to expand my art practice to include teaching and creating a non-profit that can apply for grants/donations. The transition and amount of work required to establish a school has severely impacted the amount of time i spend making art (from 10-12/hrs a day to 20 hours a week) and my ability to generate income. In a good year I would gross $80,000 at art fairs. That has diminished to $25,000/year. I am certain that teaching will not be as lucrative, but I believe it will provide a basic steady income and I am optimistic that It will eventually lead to other opportunities.
"Secret Life Of Gloves," 2017, 14" x10" x 2", Glove, fused and lamp work glass, found objects
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
No. Being in debt has always been a reality for me. It is both a burden and a tool for motivation. It is a gauge of my ambition and my ability to manifest an effective art practice and teaching venue.
"Dig them Elephants," 2017, 48" x 28" x 5" Fused glass and found objects